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MER Commander Announces New NC Wing Commander

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Lt. Col. Dave Crawford is Named to The Position

6/27/2012––After extensive review of each candidate's qualifications, and after detailed interviews and vetting of the two candidates with an MER Selection Board consisting of an NC Wing member at large, a past NC Wing Commander, MER Staff, and an adjacent current Wing Commander, I have decided to appoint Col Select Dave Crawford as the next NC Wing Commander.

Both candidates are very well qualified and I very much appreciate the service of Lt Col John Kay to NC Wing as interim Wing Commander when Col Roy Douglass stepped into service as MER Chief of Staff.  Lt Col Kay serves with distinction and remains a critical asset for NC Wing.  His leadership within the Wing will continue to be a positive advancement for us all.

Col Select Dave Crawford has many years of experience and service to Civil Air Patrol, serving in numerous positions and at various levels within CAP.  He is a former CAP cadet and has served in the US Army.  His CAP operational experience will be of a great benefit to NC Wing's future.  His leadership is expected to take NC Wing above and beyond an already impressive level of performance and accomplishments.  Please join me in congratulating Col Select Crawford on this new phase of his CAP service.
Information will follow later on the effective date of command change and the particulars of when and where the change of command ceremony will take place.
Larry J. Ragland, Col, CAP MER/CC