Commander

Col J. Brett LewisBiography

Colonel J. Brett Lewis, the Alabama Wing Commander, left his last post as the Director of Cadet Programs, the senior Cadet Programs Officer responsible for successful execution of CAP’s Cadet Programs mission, policies and objectives within the Alabama Wing. As Director of Cadet Programs he exercised direct responsibility for the Alabama Wing Cadet Programs staff, over 320 cadets and 15 Deputy Commanders for Cadets and their cadet staffs in each of the squadrons located in the Alabama Wing. 
 
Prior to his appointment to the position of Director of Cadet Programs of the Alabama Wing on 1 May 2012, he served as the Squadron Commander for the Dothan Composite Squadron from 10 February 2010 until 15 June 2012, which culminated in a "Highly Successful” rating in the unit’s last Subordinate Unit Inspection.

After a short time as a cadet in the El Paso Composite Squadron, in El Paso, Texas in the mid-1980’s, Colonel Lewis joined CAP as a senior member in 1990 at the Rhein Main Cadet Squadron, Rhein Main Air Base, Germany. He has held a variety of leadership roles in Europe, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia and Alabama, where has served as a Deputy Commander for Cadets, Leadership Officer, and Aerospace Education Officer. While serving at encampments, he has served twice as a TAC Officer. In addition, he has been an Instructor, Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Director, and Director for various wing level professional development courses. He also serves as an ALWG Check Pilot Evaluator.

He holds a master rating in five CAP specialties: Command, Cadet Programs, Administration, Professional Development, Personnel, and Stan Eval; and a technician rating in the Inspector General, Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Operations Tracks. He has earned the "Management Designation” in the CAP Organizational Excellence 2.0 Program.
 
Colonel Lewis is a retired U.S. Army officer, Persian Gulf War veteran and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 2 tours as an AH-64D Apache Pilot, Platoon Leader and Battle Captain/Battalion Operations Officer. His last tour in the military was as a Brigade Operations Officer. He is a graduate of the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, the Warrant Officer Basic Course and Warrant Officer Flight Training Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama; the Army Military Intelligence Captains Career Course; Air Force Squadron Officer School; Aviation Officer Basic Course; U.S. Army AH-64D Apache Aviator Course and Instructor Pilot Course; the U.S. Army Safety Officer Course; and the CAP National Staff College (Class of 2008). He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona Beach, Florida with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aeronautics and a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Aviation Safety Systems.   Additionally, he earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Troy University and was awarded the Troy University (Dothan) MBA Student of the Year in 2016.

His military awards and decorations include: two Air Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, the Air Force Achievement Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, an Air Force Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation Award, an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, an Army Superior Unit Award, as well as numerous military campaign medals, service medals and service ribbons. He has also earned the Senior Army Aviation Badge, the Air Force Maintenance Munitions Badge and the Combat Action Badge. While assigned to Germany, he earned the German Military Proficiency Badge in Bronze.

His CAP awards and decorations include the Command Council Badge, Meritorious Service Award, three Commander’s Commendations, a National Commander’s Unit Citation, an Outstanding Unit Citation, the Gill Robb Wilson Award (with silver star) and numerous other awards. He has also earned CAP Command Pilot Wings, CAP Mission Observer Wings, and the Ground Team Member Badge.

Colonel Lewis is a Flight Commander in the Advanced Instruments Division where he performs as a course manager, supervisor, and instructor in the Bell 206 and EC-145 with the URS Corporation (AECOM). Here he teaches U.S. Army aviators the skills of flying at the U.S. Army Helicopter Flight Training Course, Fort Rucker, Alabama.