Southwest Region’s Col Mark Smith Named CAP’s Next CEO/National Commander
New Top Senior Leader Will Assume Command at 2017 National Conference in San Antonio
Col Mark Smith has been selected as Civil Air Patrol’s next chief executive officer and National Commander by the organization’s Board of Governors.
A change of command ceremony with Maj Gen Joe Vazquez, current CEO/National Commander, will be held during CAP’s National Conference in San Antonio on Sept 2.
Smith, Civil Air Patrol’s Southwest Region Commander, will serve as the organization’s top senior leader for the next three years. As CAP’s 24th CEO/National Commander, Smith will lead CAP’s 57,000 members across the U.S. in fulfilling the organization’s three congressionally chartered missions — emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education.
“Col Smith has the right blend of leadership skills, qualifications and experience to lead Civil Air Patrol into the future,” said retired U.S. Air Force Lt Gen Judy Fedder, chair of CAP’s Board of Governors. “The members of the Board of Governors look forward to working with Col Smith to continuously improve the organization in support of the outstanding service our members provide to their communities, states and nation.”