Lieutenant Colonel John Hall is the Vice Commander, Alabama Wing, Civil Air Patrol. As Vice Commander, he assists the Wing Commander in leading over 900 volunteer CAP members in the State of Alabama as they perform the CAP missions of Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education. He is also responsible for providing oversight and guidance to the three Group Commanders in the Alabama Wing.
In previous CAP assignments, Lt Col Hall served as the Commander of the Redstone Composite Squadron, Alabama Wing Director of Cadet Programs, and Alabama Wing Emergency Services Training Officer. He also served as a staff officer at several Alabama/Mississippi Wing Cadet Encampments in positions to include Encampment Commander, Deputy Commander, Tactical Officer, and Safety Officer.
Lt Col Hall actively supports the Emergency Services mission in the Alabama Wing, primarily serving as a Ground Team Leader and Ground Branch Director. He has participated in each training cycle of the Alabama Wing Emergency Services School (WESS) since 2007 as either a student or staff member. At WESS, he completed the Basic Ground Search and Rescue Course, the Ground Team Leader Course, and Mission Observer Course. His staff assignments include Safety Officer, Lead Instructor of the Ground Team Leader Course, and Coordinator of Ground Search and Rescue Courses.
Lt Col Hall served over 25 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve. As an Air Defense Artillery Officer, he had assignments in Germany and Texas and deployed to the Persian Gulf War (Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm) with the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. He later had active duty and reserve assignments as an Operations Research Analyst in organizations to include the U.S. Army Test and Experimentation Command, U.S. Army Materiel Command, and the U.S. Transportation Command.
Lt Col Hall earned a B.S. degree with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. While in the Army, he completed the Operations Research/Systems Analysis Military Applications Course from the U.S. Army Logistics Management College at Fort Lee, VA. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Achievement Medal (two awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and Valorous Unit Award. He also earned the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
His CAP decorations and awards include the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Meritorious Service Award, Commander’s Commendation Award (two awards), CAP Achievement Award, National Commander’s Unit Citation Award, Unit Citation Award, and the Gill Robb Wilson Award. He also earned CAP Observer Wings and the CAP Master Ground Team Badge.
Lt Col Hall is currently employed in the aerospace industry in Huntsville, AL. He provides quality, safety, and mission assurance support to Government and commercial customers.