Deputy Commander for Seniors Bio



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

Major Stephen Edelman is the Deputy Commander for Seniors at the Westover Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. 

He has served Civil Air Patrol since 2002, first starting out as a Cadet member. In 2005 Maj. Edelman begin his career in the Officer program in CAP. His first duty assignment was the primary Recruiting and Retention Officer with Westover. While continuing to serve in this capacity, he later added primary Squadron Leadership Officer. In 2009 Maj. Edelman was selected to the position of Squadron Deputy Commander for Cadets, serving as the primary advisor to Westover’s youth program. It was during this tenure that Maj. Edelman was awarded Westover Composite Squadron’s Officer of the Year award in 2009, and again in 2011. In 2013 Maj. Edelman served as the state director for the fall class of CAP’s Corporate Leadership Course hosted at Westover Air Reserve Base. In 2010, and again in 2014, he served on the planning committee for the Massachusetts Wing annual conference in Sturbridge (2010) and in Springfield (2014).

He has also served as project officer for Westover's presence at many high-profile events including Westover’s hosting of the NER Cadet Competition in 2012, CAP’s involvement with the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Road Race, and our Annual holiday toy drive “Operation Overload” to support local hospitalize children in the Springfield Metro area.  

Major Edelman assumed the squadron Deputy Commander for Seniors position at the Westover Composite Squadron in March 2013. 


EDUCATION 

2008 Squadron Leadership School, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts

2010 Corporate Leadership Course, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts

2010 Officer Correspondence Course, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

2011 Training Leaders for Cadets (TLC) course, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

2014 Associate’s in Criminal Justice, Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts.

2016 Region Staff College, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey


ASSIGNMENTS

1. Mar. 2005- Apr. 2007, Recruiting and Retention Officer, Basic rating

2. Apr. 2007- Oct. 2009, Squadron Leadership Officer, Senior rating

3. Oct 2009- Mar. 2013, Deputy Commander for Cadets, Senior rating

4. Mar. 2013- Present, Deputy Commander for Seniors, Technician rating

5. Feb. 2014- Present, Information Technologies Officer, Technician rating


RANK

Major - 07 May 2015

Captain - 18 May 2011

1st lieutenant - 05 August 2008

Technical Flight Officer - 2 February 2006

Flight Officer - 29 March 2005


AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Commander’s Commendation Award with silver star

Civil Air Patrol Achievement Award with bronze propeller

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award

Paul E. Garber Award

Grover Loening Award

Leadership Award with silver star

CAP Membership Award

Yeager Aerospace Education Award

Red Service Ribbon with bronze propeller

Cadet Special Activity Ribbon

Encampment Ribbon


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