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470th "Wildcat Squadron" Leadership

Charles Cogburn Locker
MSGT Charles R. Cogburn

Hello I am MSGT Charles Cogburn and I am excited to have this opportunity to work with your child. I have served both this Nation and Community with Pride, Retiring from both the New Mexico Air National Guard and the Albuquerque Fire Dept. 


This program is intended to develop tomorrow’s Leaders. We do that by offering character education that will use the student’s enthusiasm for Aviation, Space and technology as the motivator as well as a structured and disciplined program. An important feature of this course is to instill pride in the student by the wearing of a uniform, learning Customs and Courtesies of the U.S. Military,  Drill and Ceremonies such as Marching, Color Guard,  and  other Traditions of the U.S. Military.


 Exploratory Leadership Cadets will be on the Wheel Program and will focus on Leadership and Team Building Skills as well as an introduction to Aerospace Science.


Leadership I Cadets will focus on Aerospace Science and Engineering. We will be designing, building, wind testing and flying our own aircraft and rockets, as well as learning the basics of flying on our Flight Simulators. 


Leadership II Cadets will focus on Military History and Civics. They will be trained in First Aid, CPR and Survival Skills. We will also further the Aerospace Science aspect with more technical projects.


here will be a degree of Academic rigor to the program and along the way your child will earn promotions and acquire new leadership responsibilities. The Cadets will have the opportunity to become part of a Team  and compete in competitions throughout the school year. 


Wilson has become one of New Mexico's Top Leadership Educational Programs in the State of New Mexico.


     This past school year our Cadets participated in:

  • Veterans Day Parade
  • Presented the Colors at Wilson Home Volleyball and Basketball Games
  • Presented the Colors at NM United Soccer, Albuquerque Isotopes, NM Gladiators, UNM Lobo Men's and Women's Basketball Games as well as HHS Football and Basketball games.
  • Collected, Packaged and mailed over 1500 Christmas "Care Packages" to American Troops serving in Afghanistan 
  • Delivered 100's of Well Wish Letters to Veterans at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque
  • Community Service Projects in the WMS Community
  • Qualified for and competed at the Sea Perch International Competition at the University of Maryland
  • Lunar Landing Challenge at New Mexico State University

      Summer Programs

       * Sail Camp (Cochiti Lake)

       * STEM Camp ( West Mesa High School)


                The program is designed to help the student by:

  • Being part of a Team
  • Developing Leadership Skills
  • Experience an introduction to Aerospace Science
  • Earn Rank and Awards
  • Solidify their Moral Character
  • Instill Pride within the student
  • Make friends and have fun

The student will be helping the school by:

  • Strengthening Discipline thereby reducing Referrals
  • Boost attendance through student morale
  • Acquire opportunities for peer mentoring
  • Participate with Community Service Projects
  • Provide an enhanced curriculum proven interesting and challenging to students

We look forward to an exciting year building fine young men and women, by helping our schools and Communities while developing our Nation’s future Leaders. 



“If Your Actions Inspire Others To Dream More, Learn More, Do More and Become More, You Are a LEADER”

John Quincy Adams



Sea Perch Nationals

Cadets: SgtMjr Dovirs Riley, Sgt Gabriella Valdez-Lozoya and 2nd Lt. Carlos Lopez-Hernandez will represent the State of New Mexico at the Sea Perch National Competition at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth June 1-3. Best of Luck Wildcats!!

470 Wildcat Squadron 2018 APS Metro Champions

2018 APS Metro Team Champions
Unarmed DrillTeam Metro Champions
Color Guard A Team Metro Champions
Color Guard B Team Metro Champions
Physical Fitness Team Metro Champions...
Relay Team Metro Champions
Commander Drill Team Shaelyce Hann Metro Champion
Commander B Team CG Yanaie Fuentes Metro Champion
Drill Down: Jahaira Martinez Metro Champion
Academic Team Reserve Champions
Tug of War Team Reserve Champions
Commander A Team CG Miguel Martinez Reserve Champion
Archery Team Third Place
11 Individual Medalists

NM State Sea Perch Challenge

Cadets competed against Schools from NM in an Underwater Robotics Competition

This was a High School Competition

NM State Third Place Engineering Notebook

NM State Third Place Obstacle Course

NM State Reserve Champion Challenge Course

NM State Fourth Place Team


470 Wildcat Squadron 2017 NM State Champions Near Space Challenge

Cadet Pvt. Gabriella Valdez-Lozoya represented Wilson MS and competed in the 2017 Near Space Challenge. She won A State Championship in the Engineering Challenge, (This was a High School Event) She competed against 21 other Schools in this Category.