Shadow Command Forces Out Johnny Dean

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by Bird Dog | AuxBeacon News Staff

[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth anniversary of the departure of Johnny Dean, the respected CAP National Operations Director.]

In 2012, the Georgia Wing Director of Operations was running a shadow command in which CAP pilots and flight instructors were threatened and intimidated not to report aircraft airworthiness, safety or fraudulent billing practices to their officially appointed CAP unit commanders. Multiple threats, some written and some audio, were brought to the attention of CAP Command and Safety officers.

In May of 2012, the abuse was brought to the attention of Johnny Dean, Director of Operations National Headquarters Civil Patrol as well as John Desmarais and CAP Chief Operations Officer Don Rowland. Dean’s official assessment of the notion that CAP pilots and instructors could not communicate aircraft violations to their appointed command staff is shown in the email below.

Within months of these communications, Lt Col Brett Slagle was removed from his position for cause and then later prohibited from serving in the role for a period of one year by then Southeast Region Commander Col Al Bedgood.

Unfortunately, the honorable Mr Dean was also pushed from his position by the one player at CAP National HQ who had the power to send clear messages regarding member reports of fraud, waste and abuse of authority.

From: Dean, Johnny []
Sent: Monday, May 07, 2012 8:05 PM
Cc: John Desmarais; Barry Melton; Al Bedgood
Subject: Re: “Operations Chain of Command”


You are correct and your DO is wrong. We will work to get these changes made.

Johnny Dean
Director of Operations
National Headquarters
Civil Air Patrol

On May 7, 2012, at 15:57, “Col. Tonya Boylan, CAP” <> wrote:


I apologize for bothering you with this but I need your assistance in settling a difference of opinion between myself and my DO [Lt Col Brett Slagle]. He is of the opinion that there is an “operations chain of command” and that the subordinate Ops officer and the pilots report to him and not their echelon commanders.

The only place that I can find mention in any CAP document of an “operations chain of command” is in CAPP-211. Defining this term is a requirement at each level of achievement in the Operations Officer Specialty Track Study Guide but I can find no definition in CAPP-211, nor reference on the NHQ website or anywhere else.

If, there is such a thing, it needs to be clearly defined and CAPR 20-1 changed to reflect this dual chain. If, as I believe, there is no such thing (other than the incident command situation that temporarily exists on a mission), I would really appreciate the phrase being removed from CAPP-211 so that there isn’t so much confusion.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Tonya R. Boylan

Col Tonya R. Boylan, CAP
Georgia Wing Civil Air Patrol

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6 Comments on "Shadow Command Forces Out Johnny Dean"

  1. illumination.

  2. Avatar Pauline Dutch | June 30, 2016 at 04:07 | Reply

    During the 2012 through 2015 time period leading up to the Total Force announcement, member complaints regarding abuses and fraud were summarily dismissed or completely ignored. Those who filed coherent CAPF31s found themselves in the black hole or setup for termination.

  3. Avatar James Army | June 28, 2016 at 21:55 | Reply

    IRT James Army

    AirForceTimes did run that story. It explains why all the news of abuses in CAP and in the military are always so old.

    “For six years, Lt. Col. Teresa James of the West Virginia Army National Guard kept her rape a secret because she was afraid coming forward would spell the end of her career. When she did report it in 2012, she said, her fears were realized.”

  4. He wants us to stay focused on anything that doesn’t focus on him (the corruption and HIS abuse)…..nice try Mr. Rowland…….we will always focus on accountability which is something you and your political cohorts on all sides of the isle don’t want us to do. THROW THEM ALL OUT and start over……cut off their money (our money)! Power to the members!

    Doesn’t the CAP corporate staff just make you sick?

  5. Avatar James Army | June 28, 2016 at 16:01 | Reply

    Could her reporting (in writing) of Brett Slagle’s games and abuses have led to the retaliation that Mrs. Boylan received at the hands of Bedgood, Carr and ultimately Rowland?

    Al Bedgood appears to be the assigned Fall Guy as he had been excommunicated for a few years and then just recently shuffle-demoted to the lame role of CAP “Manager”.

    The full story of the reprisal against Tonya Boylan (and others) is similar to what we in the Army saw last month. In mid-April the DoD Inspector General found that Army Brig. Gen. Charles Veit retaliated against Army LTC Teresa James for reporting her sexual assault. The IG recommended that the secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, “take appropriate action against BG Veit for reprising against” James and remove the negative performance report from her official personnel file.

    We really think you should add this story to your blog because it is the first time DoD IG has EVER substantiated an allegation of reprisal for reporting a sexual assault.

  6. Was this story released during one of Rowland’s many tennis matches?

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