Deputy Commander for Cadets Bio


DEPUTY COMMANDER FOR CADETS, WESTOVER COMPOSITE SQUADRON- CIVIL AIR PATROL

Captain Jerry Rodgers is the Deputy Commander for Cadets at the Westover Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts.

Since joining Civil Air Patrol in 2001, Capt Rodgers has always been working with cadets. With his origins as a cadet in CAP in Springfield Squadron, he became a Senior Officer in 2010 with Westover Composite Squadron. He began preparing himself for as a leader in the Cadet Program by expediently completing his required training and attended Massachusetts Wing Encampment at Fort Devens, MA from 2010 through 2013 as a Field Training Officer, overseeing the functions of cadet flights at the encampments.

Capt Rodgers’ first local duty position was as the Squadron Leadership Officer from 2011 through 2014 as well as serving as the assistant to the former Deputy Commander for Cadets, Lt Col Claire Belden during the same time period. While serving in this role, he continued to develop his leadership and professional skills by attending the required courses and directing a Mass Wing Squadron Leadership School in October 2013. Capt Rodgers also played key support staff roles in local events such as advisor to the North East Region Color Guard (2011), parade and logistics support, and “Operation Overload” – the squadron’s local toy drive, just to name a few.

Capt Rodgers took on the role of Recruiting Officer from OCT 2016 through JUL 2017 taking advantage of opportunities and revamping the program as he went along.

Capt Rodgers has settled into the role of Deputy Commander for Cadets in JUL 2017.


EDUCATION:

2009 – Associate of Science – Electrical Engineering Technology – STCC, Massachusetts

2010 – Squadron Leadership School, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

2010 – Corporate Learning Course, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts

2010 – Officer Basic Couse, CAP University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

2011 – Training Leaders of Cadets Course, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

2012 – Bachelor of Science – Industrial Technology & E.E.T, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts

2018 – Master of Business Administration (in progress) – Management, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts


ASSIGNMENTS:

FEB 2010 – SEP 2014 - Squadron Leadership Officer, Senior Rating

FEB 2010 – SEP 2014 - Assistant Deputy Commander for Cadets, Senior Rating

OCT 2016 – JUL 2017 - Recruiting & Retention Officer, Technician Rating

JUL 2017 – PRESENT - Deputy Commander for Cadets, Senior Rating

RANK:

Captain – 09 JUL 2013

1st Lieutenant – 06 SEP 2011

2nd Lieutenant – 17 AUG 2010


AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Commander’s Commendation Award with Bronze Clasp

Civil Air Patrol Achievement Award with dual Bronze Clasp

Grover Loening Award

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award

Leadership Ribbon with Bronze Star

CAP Membership Ribbon

Charles E. Yeager Achievement Award

Curry Achievement Ribbon

Red Service Ribbon

Presidential Disaster Relief Ribbon with Valor

National Cadet Competition Ribbon with Bronze Star

Encampment Ribbon with triple Bronze Clasp

Senior Recruiter Ribbon


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