Deputy Commander for Cadets
DEPUTY COMMANDER FOR CADETS, WESTOVER COMPOSITE SQUADRON
Captain Jerry Rodgers is the Deputy Commander for Cadets at the Westover Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts.
Since joining Civil Air Patrol in 2001, Capt Rodgers has always been working with cadets. With his origins as a cadet in CAP in Springfield Squadron, he became a Senior Officer in 2010 with Westover Composite Squadron. He began preparing himself for as a leader in the Cadet Program by expediently completing his required training and attended Massachusetts Wing Encampment at Fort Devens, MA from 2010 through 2013 as a Field Training Officer, overseeing the functions of cadet flights at the encampments.
Capt Rodgers’ first local duty position was as the Squadron Leadership Officer from 2011 through 2014 as well as serving as the assistant to the former Deputy Commander for Cadets, Lt Col Claire Belden during the same time period. While serving in this role, he continued to develop his leadership and professional skills by attending the required courses and directing a Mass Wing Squadron Leadership School in October 2013. Capt Rodgers also played key support staff roles in local events such as advisor to the North East Region Color Guard (2011), parade and logistics support, and “Operation Overload” – the squadron’s local toy drive, just to name a few.
Capt Rodgers took on the role of Recruiting Officer from OCT 2016 through JUL 2017 taking advantage of opportunities and revamping the program as he went along.
Capt Rodgers has settled into the role of Deputy Commander for Cadets in JUL 2017.
2009 – Associate of Science – Electrical Engineering Technology – STCC, Massachusetts
2010 – Squadron Leadership School, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
2010 – Corporate Learning Course, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts
2010 – Officer Basic Couse, CAP University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2011 – Training Leaders of Cadets Course, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
2012 – Bachelor of Science – Industrial Technology & E.E.T, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts
2018 – Master of Business Administration (in progress) – Management, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts
FEB 2010 – SEP 2014 - Squadron Leadership Officer, Senior Rating
FEB 2010 – SEP 2014 - Assistant Deputy Commander for Cadets, Senior Rating
OCT 2016 – JUL 2017 - Recruiting & Retention Officer, Technician Rating
JUL 2017 – PRESENT - Deputy Commander for Cadets, Senior Rating
Captain – 09 JUL 2013
1st Lieutenant – 06 SEP 2011
2nd Lieutenant – 17 AUG 2010
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Commander’s Commendation Award with Bronze Clasp
Civil Air Patrol Achievement Award with dual Bronze Clasp
Grover Loening Award
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award
Leadership Ribbon with Bronze Star
CAP Membership Ribbon
Charles E. Yeager Achievement Award
Curry Achievement Ribbon
Red Service Ribbon
Presidential Disaster Relief Ribbon with Valor
National Cadet Competition Ribbon with Bronze Star
Encampment Ribbon with triple Bronze Clasp
Senior Recruiter Ribbon