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MacDill CGOC 'making a difference'

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  • By Capt. Karlo Mariano
  • Company Grade Officer's Council president
The Company Grade Officer's Council is an organization that brings all junior officers, O-1 through O-3, together for leadership development, networking, community service, camaraderie and fellowship throughout the 6th Air Mobility Wing. Team MacDill's CGPC is open to all services, including those associated with our mission partners such as U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and Joint Communications Support Element.

Our meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. The meetings are typically held at Seascapes or the Golf Course banquet room. So far our activities have included visiting college campuses at the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida; speaking to ROTC cadets about the different career fields available in the Air Force. We also hold mentoring sessions with the 6th AMW commander and vice commander respectively.

Additionally, we welcomed a group of new lieutenants going through the Nursing Transition Program at Tampa General Hospital and shared our experiences on the move into the operational Air Force.

Our operating budget comes purely from fundraising events. We use those funds to donate towards various organizations throughout the wing. A few examples include donating 30 tickets for E-5s and below for the annual Air Force Ball and providing 30 Thanksgiving baskets to deployed Airmen and their families. We have also made monetary donations to the Gasparilla parade and a $500 contribution to the 6th AMW Annual Awards ceremony to recognize the outstanding Airmen throughout the Wing.

A future project to enhance the leadership skills of young officers is the CGO Professional Development Panel. This is a one-day seminar scheduled at the end of May to mentor young officers on a multitude of topics geared towards our growth into future commanders. You will also be seeing us in action through the months of April, May and June providing the Team MacDill community with first class meals at the dining facility.

If you are new to MacDill and would like to get involved in our activities, please contact 2nd Lt. Regenald Howard at A CGOC SharePoint site is also available and can be found on the left side of the 6th AMW homepage.