by Col. Steve Miller,wing commander
This month I report to yousome major changes at ournational headquarters. AlAllenback resigned as ourexecutive director. Afterretiring from Air Force andthree years as our executivedirector, he chose to reallyretire.Many of you may haveheard the news regardingour national commander,Maj. Gen. Dwight Wheless.Effective July 1, heresigned. Wheless madesignificant contributions toour organization. He willbe missed. Below is the let-ter he wrote to the NationalBoard and the Board of Governors on June 15:“Outside of the joy of myfamily and personal friends,my greatest joy in life hasbeen my 24 years of serv-ice to my country throughCivil Air Patrol. The past10 months since assumingcommand of this greatorganization have taken meall across the nation, carry-ing our story of better than64 years of commitment tothe principles of freedomand liberty for all people,the protection of ourshores, the training of young people in the waysof respect and discipline,and the teaching of the les-sons of air power.“During these 10 months, Iessentially retired from thepractice of law to devotefull time to this command,but I have clients I haveserved for 38 years whostill rely on me for advice,and I have yet to fulfill mypromise to finish the com-pletion of our law office'sconstruction of a branchoffice and the training of
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Commander’s Column: National commander steps down
Col. Steve Miller
new associates. Also, Iseem to be missing all the junior baseball games anddance recitals that mygrandchildren are involvedin every weekend.“These months have alsogiven me the opportunity towork closely with Brig.Gen. Tony Pineda, whom Ihave tried to expose to allfacets of commanding CivilAir Patrol so that he couldstep into the commandposition seamlessly whenthe time came. Tony hasbeen a loyal companionduring these months andhas shown me that he hasthe potential of being a finecommander.“I also believe ourHeadquarters’ staff is a finegroup of professionals,well-tuned, customer-ori-ented and will find greatsatisfaction and fulfillmentahead. I know that the staff and Col. Vogt will work well together and onlygood things will come fromthat.“So, believing a transitionwould not be harmful tothis great organization atthis time, I hereby tendermy resignation from theoffice of NationalCommander to becomeeffective no later than July1, 2005, or earlier at anappropriate change of com-mand ceremony at a timemutually agreed upon withBrig. Gen. Pineda. I wishfor Civil Air Patrol and allits members the continua-tion of our fine tradition of service to country, and thesatisfaction of knowing thatvolunteer time in Civil AirPatrol has been well-spent.”Sincerely, //S// DWIGHT H. WHELESSMajor General, CAPNational CommanderBoth of these individualwill continue on in CAPbut in less time consumingroles. We wish them well.On a more positive subject,if any of you have been bythe wing maintenance facil-ity, you will have noticedsignificant progress. Sincemy last update, the floorinsulation, floor heatingand cement floor have allbeen installed. At this time,progress is being made onthe inside walls, electricaland plumbing for the struc-ture. The facility may befinished by the end of July.It has been a long process,but the end of this portionof the maintenance facilitylooks to be in sight.There continues to be manytraining opportunities forour members. The unitbased search and rescueexercises and the Group IVSAR were completed inJuly. August brings twoadditional SAREXs. Wealso have the Staff Assistance Visit from theAir Force. Your Wing staff will be busy preparing forthese events.