Civil Air Patrol

MSWG Vice Commander Duty Position Announcement

Published on: 01/18/19

The Mississippi Wing is seeking applications for the duty position of Vice Commander of the Mississippi Wing. The primary responsibilities for this duty position is to represent the MSWG and the Wing Commander, in his or her absence or when so designated by the Wing Commander.

The Vice Commander also serves as the direct liaison between the Squadron/Flight Commanders of the MSWG and the MSWG Commander and his/her staff. They are expected to support and provide counsel to MSWG Commander. Candidates for this position will be enrolled in the Command Specialty Track with the hope that they will consider working toward and applying for the position of MSWG Commander, at the end of the Wing Commander’s tour of duty.

1-2.  Eligibility for Assignment.

a.   To be eligible for assignment to a CAP duty position, senior members must have completed all portions of the Level I training.  Members who are former cadets and completed the Billy Mitchell Award are exempt from the foundations portion of Level I, but must still complete all other portions of the training.  Note: This exemption does not apply if the member has had a break in service of two years or longer.  Cadets may not hold senior member duty positions.  Cadet duty positions as outlined in CAPR52-16 are recorded in the Cadet Duty Assignment module.

b.   When  assigned  to  an  authorized  duty  position,  the  member  will also  be  enrolled  in  the appropriate specialty track of the CAP Professional Development Program unless he/she has already earned the master’s rating in that specialty.  When a member is assigned to more than one duty position, he/she will enroll in the specialty track for the primary duty.   Training in remaining specialties is encouraged.   Note: For promotion purposes, the highest skill rating earned, in any specialty, will be considered, regardless of the member’s skill level in his or her primary duty.

c.   Effective 1 July 2015, individuals appointed to the following positions must complete the Cadet  Protection  Advanced  Course  prior  to  assignment:  commander,  deputy  commander,  vice commander (group or higher), chief of staff (wing or higher), director of cadet programs (group or higher), and inspector general.   Individuals serving in these positions prior to 1 July 2015 must also complete the Cadet Protection Advanced Course by this date or they will be put on a restricted access to eServices until the course is completed.


Page 27                                                                                                                                                                 CAPR 20-1 2 January 2013

Wing Commander

Wing commanders are the senior officers within their wing and are responsible to the corporation and to the region commander for ensuring that Corporation objectives, policies, and operational directives are effectively executed within their wing. They shall:

Exercise command over all units and personnel in their wing.

Promote objectives and purposes of CAP by encouraging the achievement of established goals and programs by all units and by establishing new goals and programs within the wing in support of the corporation’s objectives.

Establish plans, policies, and procedures necessary to the proper conduct of wing affairs that are not in conflict with National Headquarters and region policies and directives.

Ensure the safety of personnel and equipment though an active and aggressive safety education and inspection program.

Be aware of the accomplishments, problems and degree of compliance by subordinate units with policies and directives through a system of inspections, reports, and staff visits.

Inform the region commander of progress toward achievement of objectives, notable accomplishments, problem areas, and other matters of interest.

Refer problems that cannot be resolved at wing level to the region commander.

Select and appoint high caliber wing staff members and remove from wing staff positions those members deemed unqualified or otherwise unsuitable to continue in their positions.

Appoint high caliber commanders of subordinate units when replacements are needed and remove unit commanders from positions whenever they are considered unqualified or otherwise unsuitable.

Visit subordinate units on a periodic basis and apprise them on matters affecting them and assist by furnishing guidance and resolving problems.

Approve all organizational actions for subordinate units (charters, redesignations, activations, deactivations, etc.).

Approve promotions for members within the wing.

Approve recommendations for awards and decorations for members of the wing.

Visit subordinate units on a periodic basis and apprise units on matters affecting them and assist them by furnishing guidance and resolving problems.

Maintain close liaison with the governor and staff and serve as advisor on CAP affairs.

Wing commanders should be familiar with the Civil Air Patrol Constitution and Bylaws, all CAP governing directives and all policy matters affecting their command.

NOTE: The duties above also apply to the wing vice commander and chief of staff. Wing commanders should develop detailed position descriptions for their vice commanders and chief of staff outlining the specific duties and responsibilities of each in support of the overall wing mission.

Please submit your application to Maj Al Shiyou, MSWG Chief of Staff, along with a resume’ of your service to the MSWG and a statement of your vision for the Wing as soon as practical.

Squadron Commanders, Vice Commanders and Staff members, I respectfully request that you ensure widest distribution of this announcement.

Semper vigilans,
Col David ‘Hank’ Rogers, CAP

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