Civil Air Patrol on hunt for new CEO

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — For the first time in the 72-year history of the Civil Air Patrol, the organization’s chief executive officer, the national commander of CAP, will be selected by the group’s board of governors. Previously, commanders were elected by a majority vote of the organization’s 52 wing commanders. CAP’s CEO will be appointed to a three-year term, which may be extended.

The new selection process became official in October 2012 when the board approved an updated Constitution and Bylaws incorporating the organization’s new governance structure. In addition to the selection process for CAP’s CEO and other executives, the governance changes streamlined CAP’s decision- and policy-making processes, clarified the role and responsibilities of key personnel and changed the composition of CAP’s membership on the board.

“We look forward to implementing the new selection process,” said Lt. Col. Ned Lee, a CAP BoG member who chairs the BoG Personnel Committee. “The process is designed to ensure the very best candidate is selected for the job, including demonstrated experience in leading large organizations, with emphasis on CAP’s congressionally directed missions.”

Candidates for the position must be a CAP member in good standing, hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have completed Level V of the CAP Professional Development Program, served as a CAP wing commander and successfully completed his/her term of office.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 21. For more information, click here.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years.

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  1. Irah says

    The old saying; keep doing what you are doing and you will keep getting what you get; applies here. I’ve been a member of CAP since I retired in 2010; huge Old Boys (and Girls) Club at the wing level. (at least in my state). If you truly want to improve CAP you will drop all the requirements and seek out a true Leader and Mentor. I’ve met many at the Squadron Level that simply won’t aspire to higher levels because of the politics and the bad taste it leaves in your mouth to watch. They have evolved into an unnecessarily complicated bureaucracy to manage relatively simple tasks where members are under a constant threat of disciplinary action. This action will not change anything.

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