New Chief Of Staff, Controller And Chief Of Chaplain Service
The Civil Air Patrol tells ANN three new national officers,
appointed by Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, were confirmed by vote of
the National Board on September 28.
Col. Russell E. Chazell of Salina, UT was
confirmed as Chief of Staff. In his new role, Chazell will direct
and oversee the organization’s national staff and advisors.
He has been a CAP member since joining as a cadet in 1978. He has
served in various command and staff positions during his CAP
career, most recently as the Rocky Mountain Region commander,
leading more than 3,100 CAP officers and cadets in 100 units
located throughout Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming in
their performance of CAP’s primary missions of emergency
services, cadet programs and aerospace education.
CAP notes Chazell is also a qualified CAP pilot and mission
observer. He received his Juris Doctor degree at Thomas M. Cooley
Law School in Lansing, Mich., and is a master’s degree
candidate in nuclear engineering at the University of Utah, Salt
As national controller, Col. William S. Charles
II of South Lyon, MI will assist the commander in managing
the organization’s financial and property assets. He has
served in CAP for more than 30 years, taking on a variety of
leadership roles, including Great Lakes Region commander from 1999
to 2003 and national inspector general from 2003 to 2006.
Most recently, Charles served as the national equal opportunity
officer responsible for compliance issues concerning CAP, Air Force
and Department of Defense regulations and polices related to
nondiscrimination. Before joining CAP, he served with distinction
during the Vietnam War as a member of the US Air Force, earning the
Air Force Commendation Medal. After 19 years of service as a police
officer, Charles retired from the Novi, MI police department in
Lastly, but not least, Lt. Col. Whitson B.
Woodard of Rocklin, CA was appointed Chief of Chaplain
Service. Woodard will guide and support the efforts of CAP’s
900 chaplain service personnel nationwide. He joined CAP as a
Florida Wing cadet in 1954 before active duty service in the US Air
Force. He was appointed to CAP’s Chaplain Service in 1967,
and he served in a variety of capacities before his most recent
assignment as Pacific Region chaplain.
Woodard has more than 12 years’ experience as a law
enforcement chaplain, senior chaplain, training officer and
administrator. He earned the prestigious Master Chaplain diploma
from the International Conference of Police Chaplains. As the
California Wing liaison officer for assistance to active duty
chaplains at Travis AFB for several years, he earned praise from
the Air Force for his participation in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Woodard served as chaplain to an Army Reserve unit when its
assigned chaplain was deployed to Germany and provided chaplain
services for the Army Signal Corps High Tech Training Facility in
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the US Air Force, is
a nonprofit organization with more than 56,000 members nationwide.
CAP performs 90 percent of continental US inland search and rescue
missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and
was credited by the AFRCC with saving 103 lives in fiscal year
2007. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster
relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state
and local agencies.
The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve
as mentors to the nearly 22,000 young people currently
participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing
missions for America for more than 66 years.