BIOGRAPHY
CIVIL AIR PATROL - U.S. AIR FORCE AUXILIARY


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COLONEL JOSEPH H. ABEGG, SR.

Col. Joseph "Joe" H. Abegg, Sr. has been an active member of Civil Air Patrol for over 45 years.

As a cadet,

USAF 

Airline Pilot

Today, Col. Abegg leads the over 1,350 members of New Jersey Wing, Civil Air Patrol in service to our communities, state, and nation.


EDUCATION

BS in Aerospace Engineering, St Louis University 1980
MS in Management, Adam Smith University 1999

Graduate, Squadron Officer School 1982
Graduate, Air Command and Staff College 1984
Graduate, Air War College 2000

TRAINING

CAP National Staff College 1985

Incident Commander (Type 1, 2005) and Agency Liaison (Type 1, 2005)

CAP Pilot, Orientation Pilot and Mission Pilot since 1977; Command Pilot since 1986; Command Observer since 1987

Graduate of Senior IG School (2016), CISM School (2006), PAO Academy (2008), National Blue Beret Academy (1977), Illinois Wing Ranger School (1974), USAF Inland SAR School, and USAF SAR Management Course

Master Ratings in AE, CP, and ES; plus innumerable senior and technical ratings

FAA certified ATP AMEL, CFI ASEL, CFI AMEL and CFII since 1985. Over 27,000 total flying hours, spanning gliders to Boeing 747s

Graduate of ICS 100, 120, G120, G130, 200, 300, 400, 402, 700, and 800 courses

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating:
Flight hours: more than
Aircraft flown: 

ASSIGNMENTS

CAP-USAF HEADQUARTERS:
CAP-USAF Wing Reserve Coordinator (1993-1999)
CAP-USAF Region Director of Reserve Forces (1999-2006)
CAP-USAF lead agency liaison and lead reservist for JFK Jr. search (1999)
CAP-USAF lead for DoD exercise ARDENT SENTRY (2003, 2004, 2005)
CAP-USAF National Chair of Reserve Forces Working Group (elected for two tours: 2004, 2006)  
Directed NER CAPRAP Disaster Relief efforts/preparations during five hurricanes, JFK Jr. search, 911 and Y2K 

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS:
National Coast Guard Missions Subcommittee (member: 2003-2004)
National Flight Academy Glider (Ground School Instructor: Mattoon, IL 2004)
National Director CAP New Madrid Task Force (2005-2007)  
National Director Emergency Services (2005-2007)  
National Emergency Services Committee, Chair (2006-2007)
National CAP Senior Agency Representative Coordinator (2006-2007)  
National Operations Committee (member: 2006-2007)
National Homeland Security Committee (member: 2006-2007)
National Emergency Services Special Projects Officer (2007-2008)
National Director of Operations (select, 2008)
National Project Officer for twin aircraft consideration, EPA/FEMA exercise, CAP Grey Flag Exercise and International SAR Competition in Canada
National Uniform Committee (member: 2017-present)
National Innovation Committee (member: 2018-present) 

NORTHEAST REGION HEADQUARTERS:
Director of Operations (2008-2009)
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (2009-2010, 2013-2014)
Operations/Emergency Services Training Officer (2014-2017)

NEW JERSEY WING:
Director of Cadet Programs (1981-1986)
Squadron Commander (1986-1988)
Wing Chief Check Pilot (1987-1989)
Wing Chief of Stan/Eval (1987-1989)
Wing Director of Operations (1989)
Group 224 Aerospace Education Officer (2009-2010)
Group 225 Commander, Personnel Officer, and Administration Officer  (commanding nine units and 370 active members) (2010-2013)
Wing Inspector General team (2016-2017)
Wing Commander (2017-present)

ILLINOIS WING:
Joined as cadet in 1973 with continuous membership since
Founded Oliver L. Parks Composite Squadron (1978)
Squadron Commander (1979-1981)

ACTIVITIES

Twenty-five Cadet Encampments in six wings holding almost every cadet and senior member position
Twenty-five Region Staff Colleges in RMR and NER regions as leadership lecturer, project officer, protocol officer, logistics, program analysis officer, etc.
IACE to France in 1977
Led CAP team at the International SAR Competition in Canada 2007

NJWing Ground SAR School (instructor/staff: 1985, 1986, 1994, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2018)

National SAR Competition (NER team lead pilot: 1984)
National SAR Competition (winning team lead pilot: 1986)
Region Plans and Programs Officer (2014)
Region Conference Project Officer (2014)
Activity Director for Region SAR Competition (2007, 2009, 2010, 2015); Region Staff meeting 2009; Region StratOps 2010 and 2014  
Activity Director of comprehensive Emergency Services Academy (2016-2017)

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

DoD Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal

CAP Exceptional Service Award (two bronze clasps)
CAP Meritorious Service Award (one silver clasp)
CAP Commanders Commendation Award (one silver, two bronze clasps)
CAP Achievement Award (four bronze clasps)

Spaatz Award #0399 in 1976
Gill Robb Wilson Award with Gold Star #0496 in 1985

ILWG Senior Member of the Year 1980
National Colonel Ed Lewis Incident Command Staff Officer of the Year 2009

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant
First Lieutenant
Captain
Major
Lieutenant Colonel
Colonel July 15, 2017

U.S. AIR FORCE OFFICER CAREER

USAF Active Duty (1980-1987)
USAF Reserve (1987-2007)
Retired as Lieutenant Colonel (2006)

AFROTC (1977-1980) Cadet Commander and Distinguished Graduate 
Youngest C-141 Instructor Pilot since Vietnam war (certified 1984)

COMMERCIAL AIRLINE CAREER
Pan Am pilot (1987-1992)
All Nippon Airways pilot (special assignment from Pan Am 1989-1992)
Captain and former Check Airman for United Airlines (employed 1992-present)

Qualified in wide variety of transport aircraft including
DC-10,
Boeing 727, 747, 757, 767
Airbus 319/320