great appreciation for the outstanding dedication of our members
throughout the said
Vazquez, who plans to the
value of CAP membership and
expand CAP missions with an eye
toward new mission
Vazquez joined CAP as a cadet in
1975. During nearly four decades of
service, he has served as commander
at every level.
Before becoming national vice
commander he served as commander of the Middle East Region
from 2008-2011, the Virginia Wing
from 2001-2003, the Virginia
Group from 1993-1995 and the
Maryland Wicomico Composite Squadron from 1990-1992;
he was also cadet commander of
Georgia Warner Robins
During nearly four decades of service,
he has served as commander at every level.
Composite Squadron from 19761978.
A CAP command pilot with
more than 3,400 flying hours,
Vazquez is a single and multi-engine
commercial pilot and instrument
flight instructor. He has participated
as a mission pilot on 82 search and
rescue or disaster relief, 52 counterdrug, 13 bay patrol and 12 homeland security missions. In addition,
his emergency services experience
includes service as an incident
commander for 21 missions.
He is an FAA commercial-rated
glider instructor pilot and has given
more than 250 cadet glider orientation rides.
Vazquez was one of 10 applicants
for the position. Candidates were
required to be a CAP member in
good standing, hold a
degree from an accredited college or
university and have completed Level
of the CAP Professional Development Program. They were also
required to have served as a CAP
wing commander and successfully
completed their term of office.
A change of command ceremony
with Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, the
current national commander, will be
In 2011 then Col. Joe Vazquez was the
Middle East commander, a
position he held from 2008-2011. He
has also served as wing, group,
squadron and cadet commander.
Col. Larry Myrick, who was choice for
national vice commander, was confirmed by the Board
of Governors in June. He will take office during the
National Conference in Las Vegas in August.
Cadet Airman 1st Class Joe Vazquez
poses in his first CAP uniform in 1975.
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