LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Civil Air Patrol National Vice Commander Brig. Gen. Charles L. “Chuck” Carr Jr. of Columbus, Ohio, was elected national commander today by the CAP National Board, one of the nonprofit organization’s governing bodies, and Middle East Region Commander Col. Joseph R. Vazquez of Richmond, Va., was elected national vice commander.
Carr’s election to a three-year term as national commander occurred on the first day of business at the 2011 Civil Air Patrol Annual Conference and National Board meeting, held this week at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Vazquez’s election to a one-year term followed about two hours later.
The other candidate for national commander was Col. Fredric K. Weiss, CAP’s former Pennsylvania Wing commander and national finance officer. Former Southeast Region Commander Col. James M. Rushing was the other candidate for national vice commander.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be elected as CAP’s national commander,” Carr said. “CAP has a rich history of 70 years of service to America, and I look forward to partnering with our 61,000 citizen volunteers to fill the emergency services, disaster relief, youth development and aerospace education needs of communities across the nation.”
As national commander, Carr serves as a two-star major general, the highest-ranking CAP officer; is a member of CAP’s Board of Governors; and leads the National Executive Committee and National Board — the organization’s governing and advisory bodies.
Carr officially takes command of CAP, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, on Saturday during a change of command ceremony to be held at the conference banquet. He succeeds Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, the first female to have attained that distinction in CAP’s 70-year history. Courter was first elected interim national commander in 2007 before her election for a three-year term as national commander in 2008. Before his election as national commander, Carr served with Courter as national vice commander. The National Board elected him to the post Sept. 3, 2010.
Before that, Carr served as the highest-ranking officer of CAP’s Great Lakes Region. Appointed region commander on March 1, 2007, he led the region’s 7,000 volunteers in his home state of Ohio, as well as Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin. He also served on the CAP National Board and the National Executive Committee.
Before becoming region commander, Carr served as Ohio Wing commander for 3½ years. He joined the wing in 1989 as a member of Columbus Senior Squadron 801. He served as director of Ohio Wing personnel, commander of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker Cadet Squadron 803, deputy commander and commander of Group VIII, wing air operations officer, vice commander of wing operations and wing vice commander. During his tenure, the wing received several national mission awards.
Carr is a CAP senior pilot with an instrument rating. He also has a master rating in CAP’s personnel and finance professional development specialty tracks.
His CAP awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service, Exceptional Service, Meritorious Service (one bronze clasp) and the Brig. Gen. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Achievement awards; Commander’s Commendations; and Search “Find,” Air Search and Rescue (bronze propeller) and Command Service (bronze star) ribbons. He also holds CAP’s highest academic honor, the Gill Robb Wilson Award.
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