Lowry AFB, Colo. – Former Colorado Wing Commander Col. James C. Bobick of Aurora is the new commander of Rocky Mountain Region. He becomes the region’s 14th commander, replacing Col. Virginia E. Smith.
Colonel Bobick is a retired Air Force colonel whose Civil Air Patrol career started as a cadet in the National Capital Wing in 1953. He was an International Air Cadet Exchange cadet to England in 1957. His Air Force career spanned 27 years. A partial listing of Colonel Bobick’s U.S. Air Force assignments include stints as commander, 3400 Technical Training Wing, Lowry AFB, Colo; commander, Elmendorf and Shemya AFBs, Alaska; deputy director, Air National Guard Programs as well as program manager, U.S. Air Force Programs Directorate, the Pentagon. Bobick also served as an Exchange Officer to the Royal Australian Air Force and he’s a rated master navigator with many hours aboard C-130 aircraft.
While pursuing his active duty Air Force career, Colonel Bobick stayed active in Civil Air Patrol with memberships in Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, National Capital, and Texas Wings.
The new Rocky Mountain Region commander is also active in the civilian community as a residential real estate broker; director, Aurora Museum Foundation; district chairman, Mike High Council on Ministries; lay leader of the Hope United Methodist Church, and maintains many other business, civic, and religious affiliations.
Colonel Bobick’s military and Civil Air Patrol experience spans more than 40 years. According to region public affairs officer Lt. Col. Barry Sullins, Bobick’s outstanding leadership abilities are his greatest assets and all of Rocky Mountain Region welcomes him as their commander. “We look forward to many years of region activities under his impeccable command,” Sullins said.