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Col. John O'Neill, CAP

Colonel John R. O’Neill is the Missouri Wing Commander of the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, a non-profit, benevolent organization devoted to humanitarian activities.

Colonel O’Neill has served previously as the Missouri Wing Director of Emergency Services, Director of Cadet Programs, Squadron Commander, and various other positions. Colonel O’Neill is currently responsible for all CAP operations in the state of Missouri.

Colonel O’Neill first joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1977 as a cadet member of the Newport County Composite Squadron of the Rhode Island Wing, followed in 1979 by a transfer to Patrick Composite Squadron of Florida Wing.

He became a Senior Member in 1985 and transferred to Alabama Wing, where he served as Deputy Commander for Cadets of the Maxwell AFB and Chilton County Composite Squadrons.

After a 13 year break in service to devote time to his Army career, Colonel O’Neill rejoined Civil Air Patrol in 2006 as the Deputy Commander for Cadets of the Lake of the Ozarks Composite Squadron of Missouri Wing. In 2007, he started the Fort Leonard Wood Composite Squadron and served as its first Squadron Commander for one year, followed by an assignment as Missouri Wing Director of Cadet Programs, a return to squadron command, and then Missouri Wing Director of Emergency Services which he held until assuming his current duties. Colonel O’Neill has served as an Encampment Commander, and on staff at the National Emergency Services Academy, North Central Region Staff College, Cadet Officer School and Model Aircraft Remote Control Pilot Academy. Colonel O’Neill is a qualified Incident Commander, Ground Team Leader and Mission Observer.

Colonel O’Neill’s Civil Air Patrol awards include two Meritorious Service Awards, three Commander’s Commendations, two Unit Citations, and the General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award. Colonel O’Neill has completed Level V of the Senior Member Professional Development program, being awarded the Gill Robb Wilson Award, as well as earning the General Carl A. Spaatz Award as a cadet.

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