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Georgia Wing's Col Jeff Garrett Assumes Command of Southeast Region

September 28, 2023

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Colonel Jeffrey Garrett of Civil Air Patrol’s Georgia Wing has taken command of the organization’s Southeast Region. In a time-honored change of command ceremony during the region’s annual awards banquet, Garrett relieved Col. Andrea Van Buren upon successful completion of her 4-year term. His new posting sees him command six wings, including Alabama, Georgia, Florida Mississippi, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.

Garrett joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in 1973 before serving more than a decade in the Air Force. He later worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and retired in 2021. Over the years, he was named Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Air Force Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Rescue Officer of the Year, Chief of Police of the Year, and Georgia Wing Senior Member of the Year.

More than 200 members of the organization were in attendance, including Big. Gen. Amy Holbeck, Chief of Staff for the Georgia Air National Guard.

The ceremony was carried out by Maj. Gen. Edward Phelka, CAP’s national commander/CEO. “Col. Garrett was selected from among a highly competitive field of candidate because of his demonstrated outstanding leadership and his strategic acumen,” Phelka said. “I have the highest confidence that Col. Garrett’s varied senior leadership experience both inside and outside CAP will continue the legacy of excellence in the Southeast Region.” Garrett was succeeded in command of Georgia Wing by Col. Michael Willis.

Photo:  CAP National Commander/CEO, Maj. Gen. Edward Phelka, (left) welcomed Col. Jeffrey Garrett (center), as CAP SER commander, taking over from Col. Andrea Van Buren, right, after her successful four-year term.

Tagged As: Change of Command

For More Information:

Lt Col Laz Garcia
Southeast Region Webmaster
(305) 522-9594

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