North Central Region Commander
Colonel Regena Aye took Command of North Central Region in May 2016 after serving as the Vice Commander since January 2013. In addition to serving as commander, she also chairs the Leadership Development Working Group. This group is tasked with rewriting the professional development program for CAP.
Colonel Aye served as Kansas Wing Commander, North Central Region Director of Cadet Programs, and North Central Region Drug Demand Reduction Coordinator before joining the NCR Command Team. In her professional life, she was the Dean for Online Learning at Allen Community College before taking a position as an assistant professor of education at Baker University teaching in the Instructional Design and Performance Technology doctoral program.
Colonel Aye joined Civil Air Patrol in 1989 as a cadet in the Capital City Composite Squadron in Topeka, Kansas. As a cadet, she participated in cadet advisory council, numerous encampments, Region Cadet Leadership School, and national cadet special activities including the International Air Cadet Exchange, Para-rescue Orientation, Advanced Para-rescue Orientation, Hawk Mountain Ranger School, and Air Education and Training Command Familiarization Course.
After earning the Spaatz Award in November 1992, she became a senior officer and later served as a squadron commander and commander of wing and region encampments. Col Aye served on the staff at National Blue Beret thirteen times, including twice as activity director.
Col Aye holds master ratings in Command, Cadet Programs, Administration, Personnel, Drug Demand Reduction, and Professional Development; Senior ratings in Historian, Emergency Services, and Safety; and Technician ratings in Organizational Excellence and Aerospace Education.
Col Aye actively supports the Emergency Services mission. She is a qualified Public Information Officer and Liaison Officer. Previous qualifications included Ground Branch Director, Mission Scanner, and Flight Line Supervisor.
Colonel Aye is a strong supporter of education and Professional Development. She is a 1994 graduate of Baker University, B.A.; a 1998 graduate of Emporia State University, M.A. History; a 2002 graduate of Squadron Officer School (Non-Resident); a 2004 graduate of Air Command and Staff College (Non-Resident); and in 2016 she received her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Baker University.
She resides in Osage City, Kansas.