Civil Air Patrolís Senior Advisory Group has selected two CAP members to serve as member-at-large representatives on the organizationís Board of Governors.
Col. Brad Lynn, previous Southeast Region vice commander, will join the BoG effective immediately, replacing Col. Ralph Miller of the Pacific Region. Miller completed his three-year term on the board earlier this month. Col. Dale Newell, Oklahoma Wing commander, will succeed Col. Warren Vest when Vestís term ends in August.
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 CAPís Cadet Program mission, having been a Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award recipient, National Cadet of the Year in 1973 and a member of the National Cadet Advisory Council in the mid-'70s.
ďIt is an honor and a privilege to represent my fellow CAP members in this capacity,Ē Lynn said, adding, ďI have spent my entire life preparing for such a position of service to the organization that has done so much for me.Ē
Lynnís 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. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and Outstanding Unit Award with Valor.
In his civilian life Lynn is a captain with United Airlines, where he flies primarily international routes. His background also includes positions on the Air Force Association National Advisory Board representing the Air Force Reserve Command and membership on the Reserve Corporate Board for Air Force Materiel Command.
The Board of Governors consists of four Air Force appointees, three members appointed jointly by the secretary of the Air Force and CAPís national commander, and four members-at-large selected by the CAP Senior Advisory Group (CSAG). CAPís national commander, national vice commander, executive officer and eight region commanders serve as voting members on the CSAG. The CAP inspector general, command chief, chief operating officer and CAP- U.S. Air Force (CAP-USAF) commander are non-voting members of the CSAG.
The 11-member BoG generates strategic policies, plans and programs designed to guide and support the volunteer service of the organizationís 52 wings and 56,000 members nationwide. CAPís national commander and chief executive officer, the organizationís chief operating officer and the CAP-USAF commander serve as advisers to the BoG.