Two CAP Members Selected to Serve on the BoG

Col Brad Lynn, Col Dale NewellCAP Col Brad Lynn, CAP Col Dale Newell

By CAP News

Civil Air Patrol’s Senior Advisory Group has selected two CAP members to serve as member-at-large representatives on the organization’s Board of Governors.

CAP Col Brad Lynn, previous Southeast Region Vice Commander, will join the BoG effective immediately, replacing CAP Col Ralph Miller of the Pacific Region. Miller completed his three-year term on the board earlier this month. CAP Col Dale Newell, Oklahoma Wing commander, will succeed CAP Col Warren Vest when Vest’s term ends in August.

Lynn’s extensive aviation background includes a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force and a lifelong commitment to Civil Air Patrol beginning in 1969 when he joined the organization as a cadet. While in the Air Force, he served as a KC-135 aircraft commander and as Vice Wing Commander of the 908th Airlift Wing. He also completed an Air Staff training assignment at the Pentagon and a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Prior to his last position in CAP, Lynn served as Alabama Wing Commander and at the National level as Commandant of Cadets for Cadet Officer School, escort officer for the International Air Cadet Exchange and instructor and seminar leader for National Staff College. Lynn brings a unique perspective to CAP’s Cadet Program mission, having been a Spaatz Award recipient, National Cadet of the Year in 1973 and a member of the National Cadet Advisory Council in the mid-’70s.

Newell is retired from a career in commercial insurance that included insurance company management and various executive positions.

His CAP service includes positions as Assistant National Inspector General for investigations and various staff assignments in the Washington Wing and CAP’s Pacific Region, including service as Washington Wing Commander.

The 11-member BoG generates strategic policies, plans and programs designed to guide and support the volunteer service of the organization’s 52 wings and 56,000 members nationwide.

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1 Comment on "Two CAP Members Selected to Serve on the BoG"

  1. The CAP is a nonprofit corporation chartered by Congress to perform quasi-government functions listed in Title 36, United States Code; and later was designated as the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary in Title 10, USC.

    For many years, the USAF has conceived that it has authority over CAP “operations,” but not over CAP “administration.” USAF management review has been separated into matters involving “Air Force interests” and those involving “corporate interests.” Reports of high-level USAF Auxiliary officers refusing to comply with CAP regulations and abusing their authority was not perceived to be within USAF authority or responsibility. The USAF has generally declined to investigate complaints of “corruption and mismanagement” absent alleged misuse of federal funds or property.

    A significant theory of the campaign is that the USAF really does want significant change in its own Auxiliary, including administrative as well as operational control.

    But the Air Force got blindsided by the tremendous resistance put up by the “Colonels” of CAP, who were strongly opposed to allowing the Air Force to move into their turf.

    The Air Force essentially got severely stung in the Congress in 1999 over its Auxiliary. It was badly embarrassed and vowed that would not happen again.

    However, even though the Congress ordered the establishment of a Board of Governors to oversee the CAP — and had the authority to appoint all of its members — the USAF incredibly backed off from that plan and allowed the Civil Air Patrol itself to appoint some of its own members to that board.

    When President Clinton signed the 2001 Defense Authorization Act which created the CAP’s Board of Governors, the Department of Justice legislative review noted that the Board was a “federal office” which must be filled in compliance with the U.S. Constitution’s “appointments clause.” That would essentially require Secretary of the Air Force to appoint all eleven Board members.

    Meanwhile, the USAF continues to claim it has no “jurisdiction” over corruption in the internal management of the CAP “corporation,” notwithstanding that it enjoys the advantages of quasi-government status as the USAF Auxiliary.

    The USAF policy to disregard management misconduct which did not directly affect “Air Force interests” left the way open for unscrupulous characters to find each other and create a tyrannical clique.

    The National Board system is one in which corruption flourishes because the highest level corporate officers have no accountability to anyone outside their own high-level corporate clique. They continue to tell the big lie (which the USAF echoes) that the corruption issues “have already been addressed.”

    In reality, the corporate clique has repeatedly covered up and refused to address clear misconduct. With the USAF unwilling to investigate such cover-ups, the ruling clique is accountable to no one.

    If the Air Force does not have jurisdiction in these matters, who does?

    But if the complaints and controversy played right into the Air Force’s hands, they might want Congress to force them to take over and investigate the so-called “Colonels” of the Civil Air Patrol.

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