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May 2017 Command Trajectory

It is always nice to be able to work with commanders and support them face-to-face; I had several opportunities in April. On April 11, I had dinner with Col Linette Lahan, the Kansas Wing Commander. Thanks for dropping in on your way to a squadron meeting, Col Lahan. On April...
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April 2017 Command Trajectory

March began with travel to Washington DC for Legislative Day and the Command Council Meeting. I departed from Kansas City on 1 March. Col John Swain and others offered valuable training for our organization’s leaders that afternoon and evening. Legislative Day is the day that CAP leaders make appointments to...
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March 2017 Command Trajectory

February was a light travel month related to Civil Air Patrol and another heavy phone conference month. My first call of the month was with the Leadership Development Working Group on the 2nd. Each group provided a progress update. The team I lead was finishing development of the Just-In-Time Unit...
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February 2017 Command Trajectory

I celebrated the New Year with the attendees at the Kansas Wing Encampment. It was my honor to attend the encampment dinner, complete with a Grog Bowl, and speach on leadership and integrity. I shared the story of a lawyer who worked for the mob and a pilot who was...
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January 2017 Command Trajectory

December began with one of the most amazing events that I have ever attended! December 1st found me at the airport headed to Washington DC for the 75th Anniversary gala. Donald Bailey, my brother and a former cadet sponsor member of CAP, accompanied me to the gala. When I was...
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December 2016 Command Trajectory

November began with me at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama attending the Wing Commander’s Course. Why would a new region commander attend this course? One never gets to a position where one no longer needs to learn and improve oneself. I had never visited the new National Headquarters as...
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November 2016 Command Trajectory

October brings the new fiscal year and because our activities can be impacted by delayed funding streams, October always requires some careful planning. I finished my last F40 with the wing commanders on the 4th. This allowed me to focus my attention on two very important topics—recruiting and retention. While...
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October 2016 Command Trajectory

September began a little slower than August and I was thankful for the time to work with the staff and commanders on goals, planning, and budgeting. The work we do now in these areas will provide a solid foundation for our work over the next year. As Benjamin Franklin said,...
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September 2016 Command Trajectory

August brings the start of school and as an academic dean, it is a busy time at the college. In August, I dropped in on a Kansas Wing conference call to congratulation Col Lahan on some excellent numbers in Recruiting and Retention. After attending the college’s Board of Trustees meeting...
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August 2016 Command Trajectory

I began July with a trip to the National Flight Academy in Fremont, Nebraska. I joined Col David Plum and his amazing team at Midlands University. What a delight! Col Plum and his team were able to instruct and solo 24 new cadet pilots! The university is a wonderful partner...
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