by AuxBeacon News Aggregator
Fifteen commanders from across Civil Air Patrol will begin their indoctrination today in the Civil Air Patrol Wing Commanders College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery Alabama. Participants are chosen by their region commander and must also be approved by CAP’s national commander. The current national commander is Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, an avid reader of NTSB and FAA reports on Civil Air Patrol accidents.
The program focuses on three main blocks of study: leading the organization, wing commander responsibilities and focus lessons. Topics include leadership, accountability, expectations of commanders, legislative affairs, media relations and branding, safety, ethics, legal matters, finances and resources.
For the second straight year, Col. Jon Stokes, who served as California Wing commander from August 2011-September 2015, will be the course director.
The college is scheduled to get underway with Vazquez’s presentation on “CAP Command Perspective” this morning.
On Wednesday, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast, the commander and president of Air University at Maxwell AFB, will address the participants on “Ethics and the Commander.” As the senior leader at the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force, Kwast provides full spectrum education, research and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education and academic degree granting. Kwast will also speak on the importance of servant leadership.
The 2016 participants will be:
• Col. Regena Bailey-Aye, North Central Region Commander from Osage City, Kansas.
• Col. Patrick Collins, Hawaii Wing Commander from Kaneohe
• Col. Philip Argenti, Indiana Wing Commander from Bloomington
• Col. Linette Lahan, Kansas Wing Commander from Junction City
• Col. David Kantor, Kentucky Wing Commander from Prospect
• Col. Joseph Winter. Maryland Wing Commander from Washington, D.C.
• Col. James Garlough, Minnesota Wing Commander from Apple Valley
• Col. Kevin Harbison, New Hampshire Wing Commander from Milford
• Col. Jason Bailey, North Carolina Wing Commander from Mebane
• Col. John Steiner, North Dakota Wing Commander from Fargo
• Col. William Ray, Oregon Wing Commander from Beaverton
• Col. David Small, South Dakota Wing Commander from Piedmont
• Col. Arlinda Bailey, Tennessee Wing Commander from Johnson City
• Col. Sean Crandall, Texas Wing Commander from Brownsville
• Col. Richard Lizzari, Vermont Wing Commander from Underhill