Tony Pineda’s Response to His Suspension

Antonio J. Pineda
Maj Gen Antonio J. Pineda

By AuxBeacon News Contributor

The Board of Governors recently convened a special meeting to receive the report of investigation concerning allegations against the National Commander. Until the Board of Governors has completed it’s final action, the membership of Major General Antonio J. Pineda has been suspended for a period of up to 180 days.

During this period, Major General Pineda is prohibited from having contact with any member of Civil Air Patrol. As prescribed in Section 10 of the CAP Constitution and Bylaws, Brigadier General Amy S. Courter, as National Vice Commander, will assume the duties of the National Commander during this period.

Please ensure the members in the field know that the Board of Governors is doing everything within their power to ensure the continued success of the organization and asks that they continue to support their local communities as well as the goals and objectives of this great organization.

Major General Richard L. Bowling
Chairman of the CAP Board of Governors


In an email today to members of the CAP National Board:

Yesterday you received an email from Susie Parker that was sent on behalf of Maj Gen Richard Bowling, stating that the BOG suspended me as your National Commander.

Civil Air Patrol has rules and regulations that we, as members, must abide by. Those rules are known as the Civil Air Patrol Constitution, By Laws and Regulations. The BOG also has to abide by these same documents, and in this case, they clearly did not, as they don’t have the authority to suspend or remove the National Commander.

The National Board, as stated in article 15 page 8, is the only entity that has that authority after following the procedures required by our National Legal Officer. None of those steps were followed in this case.

I have included in this letter a copy of article 15 for you to read. I am currently enroute to the Summer National Board Meeting to assume my duties as National Commander.

Corporations and citizens of this country are all governed by laws and regulations. We in the Civil Air Patrol are no different, especially when we are supposed to guide our cadets and members to be model citizens.

The constitution of our great country gives us the right to free speech and no one can take that away from us.

I will see you at the National Board and we will resolve this misunderstanding with our BOG. Thank you for your support and LET’S ROLL.

Tony Pineda