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History of the Middle East Region
Civil Air Patrol
United States Air Force Auxiliary

2015
Written by Major Joseph E. Myers CAP
Middle East Region Historian

Col John M. Knowles CAP
Commander Middle East Region

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RCS NCHO (CAP)
HISTORY
OF THE
MIDDLE EAST REGION
CIVIL AIR PATROL
1 January – 31 December 2014
Assigned to
Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary

Headquartered at
Ashton, Maryland

.

Joseph Myers
Maj. CAP
Region Historian

John M. Knowles
Col. CAP
Region Commander

Office of Origin: MER/HO
Derived from:
Multiple Sources
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Map of the Middle East Region Civil Air Patrol

NAT CAP Wing
MDWG

DEWG

WVAWG

VAWG

NCWG

SCWG

Geographic Area
of the Middle
East Region Civil
Air Patrol

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Chronology
January
4
C A C conference call
11
C A C conference call
26
DDR Training
30 – 1 February Joint MER SCWG conference
February
1
CAC conference call
4
MER Staff meeting
8
CAC conference call
13 – 31 March Middle East Region Safety Blitz
23
NUC Meeting
DDR Training
26
CAP Legislative Day
26-28 Winter Command Council Meeting
28
Spaatz Association Dinner
March
1
New Middle East Region Website Rollout
1
CAC conference call
4
MER Staff meeting
8
CAC conference call
15
Quarterly MER Cadet Programs/DDR meeting
23
CPPT summary conversation
28
DEWG conference
April
5
CAC conference call
6
Squadron of Distinction for 2015 named Leesburg Composite Squadron (VAWG)
8
MER Staff meeting
12
CAC conference call
16 – 17 BoG meeting
20 NUC meeting
May
2 – 3 VAWG Conference
9 – 15 MER Chaplain Corps Region Staff College
13 MER Staff meeting
15 Constant Watch Communications Exercise
15 – 17 MER SAR
18 MER Wing Commanders Call
NUC Meeting
25 – 30 Tri Wing (NCWG, VAWG, WVAWG) SAR Evaluation
31 – 6 June Middle East Region Staff College
June
5 – 7 Inspector General Senior Course
6 – 7 Inspector General Summit
1 – 26 July Online Unit Commanders Course hosted by MDWG
14
CAC conference call
27 – 5 July MER Flight Academy
28 Quarterly MER Cadet Programs/ DDR meeting.
July
1 – 30 Tri Wing Operations Evaluation (NCWG,VAWG,WVAWG)
3 – 12 Tri Wing Encampment (NatCap, MDWG, DEWG)
8
MER Staff meeting
12 – 17 MER Cadet Leadership School South
12
CAC conference call
17 – 24 MER Cadet Leadership School North

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20 MER Wing Commanders Call
25 – 1 Aug MER Honor Guard Academy
25 – 2 Aug NCWG Encampment
August
9
CAC conference call
12 MER Staff meeting
16 CLS South staff debriefing
23 CLS North staff debriefing
25 – 26 BoG meeting
27 – 29 CAP National Conference
28 CAP Named “Airmen” as a part of USAF Total Force
September
9
MER Staff meeting
13 CAC conference call
18 Quality Cadet Unit Awards Announced 37 from MER
25 – 27 MER Cadet Competition
October
4
Quarterly Cadet Programs/DDR conference call
5
Hurricane Joaquin causes flooding in South Carolina
11 CAC conference call
19 MER Wing Commanders Call
November
5 – 8 CSAG meeting at Maxwell AFB
8
CAC conference call
11
MER Staff meeting
20 – 22 MER Commanders Retreat
December
1
Civil Air Patrol’s 74th Anniversary
9
MER Staff meeting
13
CAC conference call
14
MER Commanders Staff call

Introduction
During 2015 major emphasis has been placed on the Region Staff supporting their wing
counterparts, as subject matter experts, mentors and facilitators. This embodies the Middle East
Region motto of “No Boundaries, No Limits”. Professional Development, Recruiting and Retention,
and Cadet Programs have also been areas of emphasis during 2015.
This was a very active year for the members of the Middle East Region, with Cadets and Senior
Members participating in numerous training events and actual missions across the region. The
members have responded with dedication and professionalism to events from a Tri Wing Sar Eval
to Hurricane Joaquin and the resulting flooding and devastation in South Carolina.
Public affairs initiatives conducted by the 7 wings within the Middle East Region were active. Each
Wing along with Region has a pro-active website that provides internal and external (public)
information. Some of the external information includes photos and news releases about CAP
activities.
Each Wing participated in multiple “community support” activities including Color Guard Color
Presentations, Parades, Air Shows, manning Recruiting Booths.
o Each Wing Each Wing participated in the Red Ribbon Week, drug awareness initiative.
o Major emphasis was placed on recognition of the Civil Air Patrol’s WW 2 Veterans
centered on recognition events for the Congressional Gold Medal for CAP’s Costal
Patrol veterans.
o Significant media coverage includes: Recognition by government officials for Disaster
response; training events, Spaatz and Earhart awards, new commanders, orientation
flights, tree lighting ceremonies, Veteran’s Day honors and more.
o Participated in the annual national “Legislative Day” activities held in Washington, DC
o Each Wing participated in the annual national “Wreaths Across America” event, laying
wreaths in Veteran Cemeteries across their wing.

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Wings throughout participated in various ES missions, which yielded public
awareness.

Statistics by Wing
Listed below are the statistics for each wing of the Middle East Region as found in the Annual
Report to Congress.

DE (Delaware)
256 Senior members
144 Cadets
72 Aircrew personnel
235 Emergency responders
Squadrons
11 locations statewide
Aircraft
5 single engine
Vehicles
12 vehicles
Interoperable Communications
5 VHF/FM repeaters
64 VHF/FM stations
12 HF stations
Missions
4 Search and rescue missions
2 Finds
12 Other state support missions
130 Orientation flights
Total Hours Flown 946
MD (Maryland)
751 Senior members
CAP
731 Cadets
172 Aircrew personnel
781Emergency responders
Squadrons
33 locations statewide
Aircraft
12 single engine
Vehicles
14 vehicles
Interoperable Communications
10 VHF/FM repeaters
102 VHF/FM stations
18 HF stations
Missions
6 Search and rescue missions
6 Finds
14 Other state support missions
860 Orientation flights
Total Hours Flown 2,074
National Capitol
252 Senior members
CAP
181 Cadets

Wing Commander: Col Michael Moyer CAP

Wing Commander: Col William Parris,

Wing Commander: Col Bruce Heinlein

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64 Aircrew personnel
256 Emergency responders
Squadrons
8 locations statewide
Aircraft
5 single engine
13 vehicles
Interoperable Communications
6 VHF/FM repeaters
78 VHF/FM stations
10 HF stations
Missions185 cadet orientation flights
Total Hours Flown 1,213
North Carolina
864 Senior members
889 cadets
246 Aircrew personnel
1075 Emergency responders
Squadrons
38 locations statewide
Aircraft
13 single engine
1 glider
Vehicles
21 vehicles
Interoperable Communications
20 VHF/FM fixed repeaters
2 VHF/FM airborne/technical
Repeaters
364 VHF/FM stations
44 HF stations
Missions
18 Search and rescue missions
11 Finds
2 Saves
1,142 Orientation flights
Total Hours Flown 3,086
South Carolina
499 Senior members
269 Cadets
119 Aircrew personnel
480 Emergency responders
Squadrons
19 locations statewide
Aircraft
10 single engine
1 glider
Vehicles
15 vehicles
Interoperable Communications
14 VHF/FM repeaters
152 VHF/FM stations
31 HF stations
Missions
11 Search and rescue missions
7 finds
404 Orientation flights

Wing Commander: Col David Crawford CAP

Wing Commander: Col Francis Smith CAP

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Total Hours Flown 1,870
VA (Virginia)
939 Senior members
CAP
824 Cadets
235 Aircrew personnel
942 Emergency responders
Squadrons
30 locations statewide
Aircraft
12 single engine
1 glider
Vehicles
23 vehicles
Interoperable Communications
14 VHF/FM repeaters
236 VHF/FM stations
45 HF stations
Missions
13 Search and rescue missions
7 finds
1 Save
746 Orientation flights
Total Hours Flown 2,325
West Virginia
365 Senior members
254 cadets
75 Aircrew personnel
358 Emergency responders
Squadrons
15 locations statewide
Aircraft
6 single engine
1 glider
Vehicles
24 vehicles
Interoperable Communications
10 VHF/FM repeaters
173 VHF/FM stations
36 HF stations
Missions
4 Search and rescue missions
2 Finds
383 Orientation flights
Total Hours Flown 1,211

Wing Commander: Col James A. Covel

Wing Commander: Col Paul McCroskey CAP

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Middle East Region Summary statistics for 2015;
12,625 Hours Flown

Statistics for 2014;

3,665 Orientation Flights

12,132.7 Hours Flown

83 Missions, 35 Finds, and 3 Saves

3,708 Orientation Flights

63 Aircraft

151 Missions, 33 Finds
1 Save

4 Gliders
68 Aircraft
122 Other Vehicles
4 Gliders
81 VHF/FM Repeaters
1,169 VHF/FM stations
184 HF Stations
3,960 Senior Members
3,292 Cadet Members
Total Personnel 7,252
154 Squadrons

149 Other Vehicles
74 VHF/ FM Repeaters
1,066 VHF/ FM Stations
177 HF Stations
3,681 Senior Members
3,036 Cadet Members
6,717 Total Personnel
146 Squadrons

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Awards
Cadet Awards for 2015
Spaatz
3

Cadet Awards For 2014
9

Eaker

19

15

Earhart

65

47

Mitchell

189

149

Senior Member Awards for 2015

Senior Member Awards for 2014

Gill Rob Wilson

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13

Garber

24

33

Leoning

64

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The awards listed above represent the hard work and dedication of the Senior Members and
Cadets of the Middle East Region during the listed periods.
This year the Middle East Region conference was held in conjunction with the South Carolina Wing
conference at the end of January. It was a wonderful conference and Col Smith and his team
working with Col Barron did a great job. The only unfortunate thing about the conference was
that it was held before the nominations for the region "of the year" awards were due so we could
not honor those selected for the MER of the Year awards. These members and units names were
forwarded to National Headquarters as the region’s nominees for the national awards.

AWARD

MEMBER/UNIT

WING

UNIT

Ground Team

Lexington Composite Sqdn

SC

Lexington Comp

Officer (SM)

Lt Col Peter Hantelman

DC

Fairfax Comp

Cadet Officer

C/Col Adam Eudy

SC

Low Country Comp

Cadet NCO

C/CMSgt Emily Capra

VA

Fredericksburg Comp

Sorenson (CP)

Lt Col Thomas Sadaukas

DC

Arlington Comp

Communications

Lt Col James Friel

DE

DEWG HQ

Public Affairs

1st Lt Mary Baker

WV

Potomac Highlands Comp

Inspector General

Lt Col John Mariakis

MD

MDWG HQ

CDI

Maj Guilford Queen

MD

Parkland Middle School

Chaplain

Lt Col Norman Byerly

NC

NCWG HQ

Squadron Chaplain

Capt Tony Gibbs

SC

Greenville Comp

Counter Drug

Maj Alfred Artz

VA

Leesburg Comp

Lewis IC Staff

Lt Col Gene Jackson

MER

MER HQ

AE Teacher

Ms. Sue Lewis

MD

Esperanza Middle School

Holm AE Off

1st Lt Justin Kirk

VA

Monticello Comp

DDR

Capt Deborah Tuson

DE

Eagle Cadet

PD Officer

1st Lt Julie Dimitrov

SC

Beaufort Comp

Brewer-Senior

Capt Frank Panek

WV

Martinsburg Comp

Brewer-Cadet

C/Col Robert Lewis

MD

St Mary's Comp

Brewer AE Ind

Lt Col Lawrence McGovern

MD

St Mary's Comp

Brewer Lifetime

Lt Col William Knight

VA

Leesburg Comp

WV

Martinsburg Comp

AFA
Property Manager
Paul Turner Safety

C/Capt Nicole Orr
1st Lt Daniel Donahoe
West Virginia Wing

MD

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Comp
WV

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DDR Wing of the Year

South Carolina Wing

SC

Listed below are the Middle East Region recipients for the Balsem Public Affairs Award.
The Balsem award is presented annually to public affairs officers for outstanding entries
in nine different public affairs categories.
Category

Award

Name

Wing

Project

Brochure/Poster

Balsem

MDWG

Open House

External Media
Coverage
External Media
Coverage
External Media
Coverage
External Media
Coverage
Photography

Balsem

VAWG

WAA

VAWG

Training
Exc.
2014 TriWing
WAA Fact
Sheet
WAA

Slide/PowerPoint

Merit

Social Media

Balsem

Social Media

Balsem

Website

Excellence

Website

Excellence

Website

Merit

Website

Merit

Capt Alice Raatjes- Carroll
Comp.
Lt Jimmy Kelly - Prince
Wm Comp
Lt Gregory Morgan Lynchburg Comp
Lt Col Chris Roche MDWG HQ
Lt Jimmy Kelly - Prince
Wm Comp
Lt Gregory Morgan Lynchburg Comp
Capt Alice Raatjes- Carroll
Comp.
Lt Gregory Morgan Lynchburg Comp
Capt Alice Raatjes- Carroll
Comp.
Capt Gregory FletcherFredericksburg
Lt Gregory Morgan Lynchburg Comp
Lt Jimmy Kelly - Prince
Wm Comp
Capt Alice Raatjes- Carroll
Comp.

Balsem
Excellence
Merit
Merit

MDWG
VAWG
VAWG
MDWG
VAWG
MDWG
VAWG
VAWG

2014 Wing
Conf.
Everyday
Hero
Facebook
Page
Unit Website

VAWG

Site
Redesign
Unit Website

MDWG

Group II Site

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Conclusion
The best way to close out the report for 2015 is with the Region Commander’s words from his
January 2016 Commanders commentary, it is shown below.
MER Commander's Commentary - January 2016

The month started out with a fantastic visit to the North Carolina Wing conference in Raleigh. I had the opportunity to visit with them, hand out some
awards, see a very moving CAP Gold Medal Ceremony, and some of us even had a chance to sing karaoke. It was a lot of fun and Col Dave
Crawford and his staff put on a great weekend.
The following week was filled with Wreath Across America ceremonies. Maj Gen Vazquez and the MER Honor Guard presented a wreath at the US
Capitol along with both Senators from Maine. The cadets did a great job watching over the wreath, honoring our veterans until sundown. Friday,
CAP was honored to assist at the wreath ceremony at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Gardens. Cadets and seniors assisted the public in mounting a
wreath on the wrought iron fence around the garden, one for each person killed during the attack. Lt Col JD Ellis, the DCWG/CV, coordinated the
event for CAP and, with some other CAP members working at the Pentagon, gave tours after the ceremony was complete. The final event was the
main event for WAA, where a wreath was laid at every gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. CAP had over 250 volunteers assisting at ANC.
The CAP/CC led the group laying wreaths to honor the four airmen buried at Arlington that have CAP achievements named after them.
Meanwhile 220 volunteers, led by Cols Ziggy Bernfeld, Jane Davies and Maj Jason Secrest took on the challenge of working with WAA truck captains
to coordinate the unloading of 60+ trailers of wreaths. More than 70,000 people showed up to lay wreaths on the gravesites and it takes a lot of
behind the scenes effort to make it appear easy. CAP members met at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall where the incident command post had been
set up in a parking lot. Support from the base and the USO helped make the day go smoother.
On top of this, thousands of CAP members supported similar events at more than 1,000 cemeteries across the US and Canada. The WAA motto of
"Remember, Honor, and Teach" was demonstrated all across the region by our cadets and senior members. Your support of this program, which
started in 1992 as a small effort by the owner of a wreath making company in Maine, has grown into an international event. CAP was there in 1992
and will continue to support WAA all across the country. Thank you to every member who helped on the 12th and who supported WAA through fund
raising and selling wreaths in order to place as many as possible on our veterans’ graves.
As we start each New Year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions. I know that each new year I resolve to be healthier and a little more patient
among other things. One thing I would like to challenge all of you with this new year is to live by our core values. They are Integrity, Volunteer
Service, Excellence, and Respect. I try and live my life every day turning these words into action. All of them are equally important but this month I
would like to focus on Respect.
As many of you know, I was asked to wear-test the USAF ABU utility uniform for CAP by Gen Vazquez. This change is something that many CAP
members have been asking for and our national leadership and the Air Force are working to make it happen. There is no guarantee we will make this
change and it is a lot more complicated than most people realize but as part of the review process a handful of members have been asked to help out.
A photograph of myself and the NER/CC Col Leclair wearing two slightly different variations of the ABU was taken at the WAA Pentagon ceremony.
While it is a stretch to say we "broke the internet," the resulting traffic on social media was so great that while I was still at the Pentagon I received
several text messages and calls from staff public affairs members of CAP letting me know that there was a significant increase in the volume of
responses to the pictures. I clarified to them that Col Leclair and I were wear-testing the uniform for CAP with the approval of the CAP/CC and CAPUSAF and that the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force was aware of the test. By now you may be asking yourself, why are we focusing on
Respect? It is because of the rather large amount of hateful comments made by people posting on a number of web sites and forums around the
internet. My favorite definition of Integrity is to do the right thing even when no one is looking. It appears that some of us need to redefine the
definition of respect to include "even when I am posting anonymously online.” Respect doesn't get put on hold when you sit down at a computer or
pull out your smart phone and sign in as "airman#1" or some other nom de plume. It is with each of us in every comment we say or write. Spewing
rude or vulgar comments behind the cloak of anonymity online is simply unacceptable. I do realize that some of these people are not CAP members.
Most likely some are disgruntled former members who, for reasons known only to themselves, chose to troll sites related to CAP and provide their
opinions. However, I am equally sure that some of our current members find themselves unable to resist jumping into the fray. Respect, just like
integrity, means treating everyone the way you would like to be treated even when they don't know who you are. To be very clear, we are all entitled to
our own opinions. In fact a wear-test is all about getting feedback on your opinions. Some opinions are negative and that is okay; what is not okay is
crossing the line of respect in expressing your negative opinion.
I've touched on one aspect of communicating in writing on websites and social media but there is another potential pitfall that many people are not
aware of. When most of us write it is almost impossible to express emotion or tone. When a reader is interpreting what you wrote they are affected
by their own mood, the words they saw before your words and their overall thoughts on what you wrote about. If you were speaking to them they
would have the benefit of your tone and nonverbal cues, but writing does not offer this to the reader. One method I use to help with this is to have
multiple people proofread what I write. Yes, I am confessing that before you see these commentaries, three or four other people read them first and
make me look much smarter than I really am (thanks - Lt Col Winter and Majors Reed and Knowles). You don't always have that luxury so my
suggestion to you is to review everything you put out for others before you hit send and to follow that core value of respect.

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The recruiting contest has heated up this month with two new members tied for the lead at nine members each: Maj Jacob Gerstein, DC-051, and
2nd Lt Alice Stange NC-145. Cadet Caleb Mize, NC-150, still holds the lead in the cadet category at 6. There is one member at seven and three
members at six. The contest runs from 1 July 2015 to 1 April 2016 so there is still plenty of time for you to get into the race.
Let me close by saying thank you for 2015. We had an amazing year and 2016 looks to be even busier. Our safety program continues to be the top
priority for our leadership. Sending everyone home safe after a meeting or activity is the most important thing we can do. In 2015 we made some
tweaks to our program to stop punishing members by preventing them from participating in any activity if they did not get the safety box checked. This
was a good thing but it seems to have led to a bad habit. I know you are having safety briefings at your meetings and that you are participating in the
overall safety education program but some of you are failing to document it. The regulations still call for monthly safety training. The only way to
document this for your SUI is through the safety management system. Please make sure you are keeping this up to date. It makes CAP a safer place
for all of us.
Happy New Year!
JOHN M. KNOWLES, Colonel, CAP
Commander
Middle East Region, Civil Air Patrol

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APPENDIX 1
GLOSSARY
AF

United States Air Force

BoG

Board of Governors

CAC

Cadet Advisory Council

CAP

Civil Air Patrol

CLS

Cadet Leadership School

CPPT

Cadet Protection Training

CSAG

Civil Air Patrol Senior Advisory Group

CUB Slide

Commander’s Update Briefing PowerPoint Slide

DEWG

Delaware Wing

DDR

Drug Demand Reduction

Eaker

Cadet Award awarded for completion of phase 4 of the
Cadet Program. This award is named for General Ira C. Eaker

.
Earhart

Cadet Award awarded for completion of phase 3 of the cadet
program. This award is named for Amelia Earhart

Gill Rob Wilson

The Gill Robb Wilson Award is Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) highest award for
Senior member professional development.

Garber

The Paul E. Garber Award is given to Civil Air Patrol members who complete
Level IV of the Senior Member Professional Development Program.

Leoning

The Grover Loening Award is given to Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members who
complete Level III of the Senior Member Professional Development Program

HF

High Frequency

NatCap

National Capitol Wing

NCWG

North Carolina Wing

MDWG

Maryland Wing

MER

Middle East Region Civil Air Patrol

Mitchell

4th Highest cadet award named for General Billy Mitchell

NUC

National Uniform Committee

Repeater

A radio repeater is an electronic device that receives a weak or low-level radio
signal and retransmits it at a higher level or higher power

RSC

Region Staff College

SAR

Search And Rescue

SCWG

South Carolina Wing

Spaatz

Highest Cadet Award named for General Carl A. Spaatz. General Spaatz was the
first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and first Chairman of the CAP
National Board

VAWG

Virginia Wing

VHF/FM

Very High Frequency/Frequency Modulation

WVAWG

West Virginia Wing

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APPENDIX 2
BIBLOGRAPHY
1. Civil Air Patrol National Website/ Volunteer/ Cadet Awards
2. 2015 Legislative Day Newsletters Middle East Region Wings
3. Middle East Region Staff Meeting CUB Slides
4. Middle East Region Commander’s Commentary e mails for 2015
5. 2014 Annual Middle East Region History Report
6. Middle East Region webpage
7. Middle East Region Facebook page

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Appendix 3
Middle East Region Staff
Duty
Commander

Section
MER/CC

Vice Commander – East

MER/CV-E Col Jerry Weiss

Vice Commander - West
Chief of Staff

MER/CV-W Col Dennis Barron

Col John Knowles

MER/CS

Col Eugene Egry

Administration and Personnel

MER/A1

Maj James Brogan

Operations

MER/A3

Lt Col Jay Langley

Logistics

MER/A4

Lt Col David Oldham

Plans and Programs

MER/A5/8 Lt Col Eric Haertel

Communications

MER/A6

Lt Col Maurice Thomas

Information Technology

MER/A6I

Maj James Holcomb

Missions

MER/A7

Col Lawrence Trick

Aerospace Education

MER/A7E

Lt Col Thomas McLellan

Cadet Programs

MER/A7O Lt Col William Ryan

Professional Development

MER/A7P

Lt Col Elizabeth Dunn

Finance

MER/A9

Lt Col Phyllis Griffin

Chaplain

MER/HC

Ch (Lt Col) Greg Hill

Historian

MER/HO

Maj Joseph Myers

Inspector General

MER/IG

Lt Col Cheryl Fielitz-Scarbrough

Legal Affairs

MER/JA

Lt Col Tim Corrigan

Public Affairs

MER/PA

Maj Brenda Reed

Safety

MER/SE

Maj Guy Butts

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