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A few years ago, friends and I attended a Flotilla Meeting of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary on Lake Lanier. There I learned that former Civil Air Patrol Georgia Wing Commander Lyle Letteer had been terminated from Civil Air Patrol in a political reprisal against his concerns regarding safety in Civil Air Patrol. Prior to his membership termination, he served as National Safety Officer and Georgia Wing Commander.
Here are the portions of his obituary that are relevant to Civil Air Patrol and to your effort.
Following a brief illness, Gainesville’s Lyle Edward Letteer (76) died Thursday on August 16th 2018 at Landmark Hospital in Athens, Georgia.
Lyle was born in Savannah and raised in Hapeville, Georgia and graduated Hapeville High School Class of 1961. He would continue furthering his education and acquire two Bachelor of Science degrees in both Aviation and Aeronautics, graduating Cum Laude in his class; two Master of Science Degrees in both Aviation and Aerospace Management, graduating Magna Cum Laude in his class; a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Science, and was in the process of completing his second Ph.D. in Business Administration as well as Paralegal Certificate in Law.
In his early years, Lyle joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country. During his time of service, he was honored and presented with the Air Force Good Conduct Medal as well as earning the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. Upon honorable discharge, he settled into civilian life and began raising a family.
He became a Captain with Delta Airlines and flew domestic and international routes to accumulate thousands of hours across the globe. After retirement, Lyle flew a few more years for Executive Jet International flying celebrities and CEOs for Fortune 500 companies. He held ATP in Single and Multi-engine Land and Sea as well as Commercial Rating in Rotorcraft Helicopter and Glider. He was a flight instructor and A&P Mechanic with Inspection Authorization.
During the early 1970s, Lyle became a member of Civil Air Patrol and proudly served for over 40 years. He served in capacities of both Georgia Wing Commander and National Safety Officer.
Additional career experiences also included Reserve Trooper of the Florida Highway Patrol, Reserve Officer of the Florida Marine Patrol, Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary out of Charleston, SC, and Flotilla Commander of the Lake Hartwell Flotilla.
Lyle’s interests included being a Member of the Free and Accepted Masons and he proudly held positions including 3rd Degree Mason and Past Master, 32nd Degree Sottish Rite and 33rd Degree York Rite. Additionally, he was a former Chief of Staff of the Georgia State Defense Force. Lyle was also a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution.