Arlington Composite Squadron IT Update for March 2012

I had the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Communication User Training (ACUT) class this weekend. It reminded me of the importance of the communications discipline to CAP operations, and in particular (given my role in the squadron) brought to mind the ever-increasing partnership between communications and information technology.

Knowing, for instance, how important electronic mail is to keeping National Capital Wing members informed, I checked to see who had registered for a NatCap Google account and was pleased to discover that all senior members of the squadron had done so. We are currently working to make sure that the cadet leadership is also appropriately connected through the Google toolset.

The squadron also recommends (but does not require) that members with a NatCap e-mail address use that address in eServices, rather than a personal e-mail address. Doing so means that if anyone in CAP needs to contact you, there is just one address to use.

On the other hand, it is understandable that some may consider the need to monitor an additional e-mail account to be a nuisance. As a reminder, within the NatCap Google infrastructure, you can choose to have all of your CAP e-mail forwarded to another address. That way, CAP can always contact you electronically through the NatCap address, but you can read and respond from your personal address. There are instructions on doing this at the Google support site. Please see this link for more information.

Regardless of how you choose to proceed, please make sure that all of your contact information (electronic and otherwise) is updated in eServices. Once logged into eServices, select the “Review/Edit My Info” link to make any changes.

Our squadron commander also showed me an eServices feature last week that I had not seen before. You can obtain all of your member details in a single report, which is useful when applying for promotions and awards or checking on how you are progressing in CAP training and education programs. Once logged into eServices, select the “Member Search” link on the left side of the page. You will then be taken to a squadron membership list. Find your name and select the “View” link. You will then see a set of tabs with your information. To obtain all that information as a single report, select the “Member Search Report” link at the top of the page. Please note that any information accessed in this manner is for CAP official use only.

Finally, a request for cadets and parents: please make sure that we have a parent or guardian’s e-mail address in eServices for every cadet. (If a parent or guardian is also a senior member with an e-mail address in eServices, or you use one family e-mail address in eServices, that counts.) As always, if you have any questions about this update or any IT-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.