Local Resident Michael Fassi Participates in National PAO Academy
Aug. 13-14, Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs CO.
Captain, Michael Fassi of Windsor, CO joined 42 Civil Air Patrol public affairs officers from 15 CAP wings across the nation for PAO Academy IV in Colorado on Aug. 13-14
A CAP member since 1996, Captain Fassi serves as Public Affairs Officer for Thompson Valley Composite Squadron. Captain Fassi is a former Squadron Commander.
The academy, held at Buckley Air Force Base and the Air Force Academy, featured professional development seminars on media relations, crisis communications, public relations and strategic planning, social media and more. Among the speakers was Stacey Knott, U.S. NORTHCOM PA, who talked about her role with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Ten PAOs from the eight Civil Air Patrol wings also addressed participants, including Capt. Rick Rutledge, who handled media inquiries during CAP’s response to the Oklahoma tornadoes. His work produced coverage by the Associated Press, CNN and USA Today.
“Civil Air Patrol’s 1,000-plus PAOs across America work tirelessly to help the communities we serve understand who we are and what we do, “said Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP’s national commander. “Professional development opportunities such as this one ensure our public affairs officers have the resources and skills they need to tell CAP’s story in their communities.”
The event also included presentation of the Maj. Howell Balsem CAP Public Affairs Exception Achievement Awards to PAOs for outstanding performance in a variety of categories. More than 100 entries were submitted, resulting in 52 awards.
Captain, Michael Fassi, CAP Public Affairs Officer, Thompson Valley Composite Squadron