National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol

National Commander Of The Civil Air Patrol

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National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol

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Since 1975, the National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol is the senior elected official within the Civil Air Patrol. From 1941 to August 1975 the National Commander of CAP was an appointed USAAF or USAF Officer. The National Commander is the only member of the Civil Air Patrol who holds the rank of Major General. The original name of this position was Chairman of the CAP Board. Colonel George A. Stone, Ohio Wing Commander, became the first Chairman, but later died in an aircraft accident.

USAAF-USAF National Commanders

  • Maj. Gen. John F. Curry, USAAF, Dec 1941-Mar 1942
  • Col. Earle E. Johnson, USAAF, Mar 1942-Feb 1947
  • Brig. Gen. Frederick H. Smith, USAF 21 Feb 1947 - 30 Sep 1947
  • Maj. Gen. Lucas V. Beau, USAF, 1 Oct 1947 - 31 Dec 1955
  • Maj. Gen. Walter R. Agee, USAF, 1 Jan 1956 - 31 Mar 1959
  • Brig. Gen. Stephen D. McElroy, USAF, 1 Apr 1959 - 15 Dec 1961
  • Col. Paul C. Ashworth, USAF, 15 Dec 1961 - 31 Jul 1964
  • Col. Joe L. Mason, USAF, 1 Aug 1964 - 30 Apr 1967
  • Brig. Gen. William W. Wilcox, USAF, 1 May 1967 - 31 Oct 1968
  • Maj. Gen. Walter B. Putnam, USAF, 1 Nov 1968 - 31 Oct 1969
  • Brig. Gen. Richard N. Ellis, USAF, 1 Nov 1969 - 31 Oct 1972
  • Brig. Gen. Leslie J. Westberg, USAF, 1 Nov 1972 - 28 Aug 1975


Chairman of the National BoardUpon adoption of the CAP Constitution and Bylaws on 26 May 1948, the CAP Board was redesignated as the National Executive Board (NEB), but the designation was later changed to the National Executive Committee (NEC) on 26 April......


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