Wing Change of Command Ceremony
Col Matthew Creed, Commander, Great Lakes Region, presided over the Michigan Wing - Civil Air Patrol Change of Command Ceremony this weekend. Col Christopher Ballard received the wing's colors from Col Creed succeeding Col Rajesh Kothari in this key leadership role. Many Michigan Wing members were in attendance, including Civil Air Patrol's current National Commander, Maj Gen Edward Phelka, and former National Commander, Maj Gen Amy Courter.
Congratulations to Col Ballard on this new responsibility, and best wishes to Col Kothari as he moves on to chairing the Civil Air Patrol Foundation.
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Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and more than 2,100 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% 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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 56,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.