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Wing Commander

Commander - Colonel Dean Gould

Col Dean E. Gould assumed command of Civil Air Patrol’s Virginia Wing on February 4, 2017. In this position, he directs CAP efforts state-wide, overseeing 23 squadrons and 2,000 volunteers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Col Gould has been a member of Civil Air Patrol since joining Nebraska Wing in 1996.  He joined while on active duty at Offutt Air Force Base. As member of the Offutt Composite Squadron, he focused on CAP’s youth program (cadet program) and air operations. He was later stationed at Langley Air Force Base, where he joined Virginia Wing’s Tidewater Composite Squadron. There he served in a variety of roles including emergency services officer, deputy commander and squadron commander. He moved to the Hampton Roads Composite Squadron where he served as commander. He was later promoted to group commander in 2006, overseeing a cluster of squadrons in the eastern part of the state.

After deploying to Iraq, Col Gould returned to CAP and restarted the Tidewater Composite Squadron. Based on the success of the unit, he was again promoted to group commander in 2014. During the next two years, he focused on rebuilding the emergency services capability in the Tidewater region. In August 2016, he assumed the position of wing vice commander and was selected wing commander in December 2016.

Col Gould holds  an aeronautical rating as a Master Navigator with 4,300 hours in the E-3, EC-135 and KC-135 aircraft. A veteran of several campaigns including Operations Desert Calm, Provide Comfort, Northern and Southern Watch, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has also completed several professional military development courses. He is a CAP mission pilot with over 700 hours of flying time, an air operations branch director and an incident commander.

He is also a long-time Boy Scout leader and Eagle Scout. He has held numerous positions in four different councils. He is a lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association and the Air Force Association.

A retired Air Force Officer, Col Gould is a civilian program analyst with the Air Force Air Combat Command headquarters. Col Gould lives in Suffolk, Virginia and is married with one daughter in college.

EDUCATION

1989 Bachelors in Arts, Economics. Westfield State College, Westfield Massachusetts
1993 Master’s in Business Administration, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1996 Squadron Officer’s School (Residence), Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2003 Air Command and Staff College (Non-Residence), Maxwell AFB, Alabama

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND AIR FORCE AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal, 1 Oakleaf Cluster
Air Medal, 2 Oakleaf Clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal,  2 Oakleaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal, 3 Oakleaf Clusters
National Defense Service Medal, 1 Oakleaf Clusters
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Services Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
NATO Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal

CIVIL AIR PATROL AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Exceptional Service Award
Commanders Commendation Award (with two clusters)

CIVIL AIR PATROL SPECIALTY TRACK RATINGS

Cadet Program – Senior Rating
Command - Master Rating
Emergency Services - Master Rating
Operations – Master Rating
Professional Development – Master Rating

CIVIL AIR PATROL EMERGENCY SERVICES RATING

Incident Commander – 2
Air Operations Branch Director
Mission Pilot
Mission Observer
Mission Scanner
Urban Direction Finding
Mission Staff Assistant

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

BSA: Eagle Scout, District Award of Merit, Distinguished Commissioner Award, Silver Beaver
CAP: Gill Robb Wilson Award, Chuck Yeager Award

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