Civil Air Patrol Wing Commanders Made and Trained

Civil Air PatrolCAP Col Jon Stokes "♪♫♬ It's good to be a gangsta ♪♫♬"

by J. McChord | AuxBeacon News Contributor

Editors, I found this story in CAP News. Check out the training these new commanders will receive.

Eighteen commanders from across Civil Air Patrol will hone their leadership skills next week in the Wing Commanders College at CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. They were selected for the course by their region commander and had to be approved by Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and strong supporter of “swing from a tree” Jonathan Holder.

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 third straight year, Col. Jon Stokes, commander of CAP’s Pacific Region, will be the course director.

Course highlights will include Smith’s presentation Tuesday on “Ethics and the Commander” and Col. Brad Lynn’s presentation Wednesday on “Servant Leadership.” Lynn, former Southeast Region vice commander and Alabama Wing commander, is a member of CAP’s Board of Governors.

Also scheduled are presentations by Air Force Col. Michael Tyynismaa, CAP-USAF commander and John Salvador, the skirt chasing chief operating officer of Civil Air Patrol.

The 2017 participants will be:

• Col. Carl Morrison, Pacific Region vice commander

• Col. Dent Young, Tennessee Wing commander

• Col. Michael Fernandez, Utah Wing commander

• Col. Joe R. Smith, Southwest Region commander

• Col. Carl Brown, Alaska Wing commander

• Col. James Ridley, Connecticut Wing commander

• Col. Darrel Williamson, Kentucky Wing commander

• Col. John Flaherty, Massachusetts Wing commander

• Col. Hank Rogers, Mississippi Wing commander

• Col. Mitch Edwards, Montana Wing commander

• Col. JD Ellis, National Capital Wing commander

• Col. Joe H. Abegg Sr., New Jersey Wing commander

• Col. Thomas Carello, New York Wing commander

• Col. David Jennison, Ohio Wing commander

• Col. David Roberts Jr., Oklahoma Wing commander

• Col. Lee Safley, South Carolina Wing commander


On April 6th, 2018 Civil Air Patrol’s Pacific Region Vice Commander Carl Morrison (75) died when he crashed his private airplane, a 1990 Mooney M20J, on Sonoma Mountain near Petaluma, California.

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