CAP National Commander Reinstates Kansas Officer After Hanging Post

CAP Col Jayson Altieri, BoG Vice Chair; CAP Maj Gen Mark Smith, National CommanderCAP Col Jayson Altieri, BoG Vice Chair; CAP Maj Gen Mark Smith, National Commander

By Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal

[Editor’s Note: We received this news link about this disturbing member out of Kansas Wing. Thank you for your contribution.]

Kansas Civil Air Patrol Officer Reinstated

TOPEKA — The Kansas commander [Lt Col Jonathan A. Holder] of a Civil Air Patrol squadron [77th Composite Squadron] who resigned after demanding execution of a state legislator for proposing limits on concealed firearms has been reinstated to the volunteer organization, national and state Civil Air Patrol officials said.

Col Linette Lahan, commander of the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, said Jonathan Holder now was cleared to participate in the organization but had chosen not to at this time.

“He is not active,” Lahan said.

Holder, who led a squadron in Emporia, stepped down in January after declaring on Facebook that Rep. Stephanie Clayton, R-Overland Park, ought to die for introducing what he considered an unconstitutional bill to block carrying of concealed handguns in university or college campus buildings.

“This bitch needs to swing from a tree for violating her oath,” Holder said. He affirmed his position after criticized on social media.

In February, the national Civil Air Patrol at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama suspended his membership pending an investigation. He was later cleared to participate in the group, but chose not to do so, Lahan said.

“CAP does not condone such behavior from its members, especially one in a leadership position,” the national office’s statement said.

In Kansas, the adjutant general’s office provides oversight of the organization. The state’s adjutant general also condemned Holder’s commentary.

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13 Comments on "CAP National Commander Reinstates Kansas Officer After Hanging Post"

  1. Avatar Lower Standard | February 26, 2019 at 13:44 | Reply

    So now Civil Air Patrol cadets can anonymously state that “Mark Smith is a filthy little complicit bitch” who should choke on a Ding Dong for allowing this guy to continue to have influence over our cadets?

    Civil Air Patrol has terminated many memberships over their version of conduct unbecoming.

  2. Your people would have preferred lethal injection or electrocution?

  3. Avatar FirstStepPass | October 18, 2017 at 09:28 | Reply

    “The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.”

    CAP Maj Gen Mark Smith didn’t take this step and that seems to confirm the story that Civil Air Patrol really is to be used as a youth indoctrination tool against people like the Hon. Stephanie Clayton.

    What’s more, the perceived need to deny and conceal evidence of accidents, abuse and molestation leads to reward and encouragement of those unethical commanders willing to make problems disappear through intimidation or spreading slanderous statements to break communications with those who won’t compromise the affirmed values.

    Through the chain of command, the advantage is with the oppressors (even in volunteer organizations) as we have learned from Leah Remini and Mike Rinder’s efforts against Scientology’s SeaOrg.

  4. Avatar Alt-Right-Face | September 25, 2017 at 13:29 | Reply

    The look on Altieri’s face is priceless.

  5. News articles, lawsuits, and Civil Air Patrol’s own MARP reports expose the fact that CAP is completely derelict in policing commanders like this character in Kansas. There are multiple reasons for this:

    1. Some have evidence on higher-ups and work subtle but effective blackmail in a parasitic relationship.
    2. Clean commanders can use the guilty as risk-taking pawns and tools for the execution of dirty deeds to setup and eject threats from the program. If no lawsuit happens, both can advance.

  6. In Kansas yesterday, The Topeka Capital-Journal’s Editorial Board weighed in on the reinstatement of Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Jonathan Holder. The editorial is titled, “Death Threats Shouldn’t Be Forgotten, ” and you can see it here: .

  7. I forgot to add this… the CAP contradicts themselves – “CAP does not condone such behavior from its members, especially one in a leadership position,” the national office’s statement said.

    They are a bunch of hypocrites and we the tax payers are forced to foot the bill for them.

  8. Why was this guy reinstated to the CAP?

    He has no place in an organization that was “created to mentor cadets as young as 12. Adults in the program are required to promote integrity and self-discipline,”. He has demonstrated that his has neither quality. Freedom of speech doesn’t include threats to life and safety. Nothing in his statement is appropriate.

    I support his right to say whatever he wants, but he is still responsible for the consequences of his speech. In my mind, “This bitch needs to swing from a tree…” is a pretty frightening threat.

  9. I would never allow my child to join this sick organization.

  10. Hey, the Civil Air Patrol story on Holder’s reinstatement has gotten so much negative attention that it made the Washington Post.

  11. Again, let me get this straight: A Lt. Colonel is 2B’d for harassing and insubordinate official correspondence to the NHQ Commander and you criticize CAP for violating his freedom of speech, but 2 CAP members write non-CAP related stuff you don’t like on their personal Facebook pages on their own free time and this is misconduct that needs 2B’d??? Hypocrisy much?

    • You have to separate AuxBeacon reporting on an event and the opinions offered by the readers.

      In my opinion, Col Hill was enduring retaliation for his part in exposing that Wing and Region CAP commanders had covered-up the Zayas flight document fraud. He was a dues-paying member communicating these facts and eventual disgust in private letters.

      Openly using threatening or intimidating language that conjures up images of lynching a congresswoman while Holder was in the position of CAP commander is a violation of CAP regulations in that it reflects poorly on the program and the judgment of those who appointed him.

      You can read the comments that are appearing on the original articles and the ones that appear in reddit and see that the membership doesn’t condone this, even if the National Commander does.

    • The First Amendment guarantees every person the right of free speech, but that right is not absolute. Some words “by their very utterance” cause injury or incite an immediate breach of peace, and they do not receive constitutional protection.

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