Lt. Col. Joseph Winter was appointed the Maryland Wing Commander on April 08, 2016. As a Civil Air Patrol member for more than 20 years, Lt. Col. Winter brings a wealth of experience to the position.
Winter joined CAP in 1993 as a cadet in New York Wing, where he rapidly rose through the cadet program and was named the New York Wing Cadet of the Year. After college, he transferred to the Maryland Wing and joined the wing cadet programs staff where he served as director of cadet programs. In addition to the cadet programs director, Winter served as the commander of the Maryland Wing Headquarters Squadron.
In 2009 he was also named to national cadet programs staff where he continues to serve as the director for national cadet special activities. Winter also has served as the commander of the Tri-Wing Encampment for four years and was the commander of the 2009 Maryland-Delaware Encampment. In addition to his duties at the wing level, Winter served as the deputy director for the National Cadet Competition for several years and is currently the Deputy Director of Cadet Officer School, held at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Winter also is the former director of the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course held at Laughlin Air Force Base, Tx., and the former director of the Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course in Colorado Springs, Co.
In 2011, Winter traveled to Ghana and in 2008 he visited Singapore as an ambassador for Civil Air Patrol in the International Air Cadet Exchange, a program he participated in as a cadet when he traveled to the United Kingdom and Norway. Winter has been a driving force in the local Maryland Wing hosting of international guests and assists in the planning of the program.
Lt. Col. Winter holds a CAP master rating in cadet programs and a senior rating in public affairs. He is a qualified aircrew member and public information officer. He has earned the Yeager Award, two Exceptional Service Awards, four Meritorious Service Awards, five Commander’s Commendations, and three Unit Citation Awards. Lt. Col. Winter was named the 2004 Maryland Wing Staff Officer of the Year and the 2009 CAP National Cadet Programs Officer of the Year for his dedicated service.
Lt. Col. Winter is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management, and a graduate of Sacred Heart University where he earned a Masters of Art in Teaching. He is a 2008 graduate of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) and the 2012 USAF Incident Managers Course.
Outside of Civil Air Patrol, Lt. Col. Winter is an Air Force officer, at the 175th Wing where he is assigned as the Wing Executive Officer. In addition, Winter is employed by Loyola University Maryland as an affiliate faculty member with the Communication Department
Lt Col Christopher Howell
Lt Col Christopher Howell
Vice Commander- Forces
Lt. Col. Christopher Howell was appointed Maryland Wing chief of staff on April 08, 2016. He brings 30 years of Civil Air Patrol experience to the position, including service as a former squadron commander and group commander. As chief of staff, Howell informs the wing commander of progress toward achievement of objectives, notable accomplishments, and other matters of interest including overseeing the actions of majority of the wing staff. Howell is the commander’s principal assistant for directing, coordinating, supervising, and training the staff.
As a cadet, Lt. Col. Howell joined Maryland Wing’s former Fred V. Cherry Composite Squadron in 1984, transferring to the Towson Composite Squadron later that same year. In 1986, Howell earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award. After becoming a senior member, Lt. Col. remained at Towson and was actively involved in the emergency services mission while serving as the squadron’s ES officer and a ground team leader. Later he became the Towson Composite Squadron commander for five years before joining the staff of Group II, serving first as administrative officer before becoming group deputy commander for four years prior to assuming command of Group II, a position in which he served for two years.
Lt. Col. Howell is heavily qualified in the emergency services mission of Civil Air Patrol, holding qualifications as an aircrew member and as incident commander, operations section chief, planning section chief, and air operations branch director. In addition to his responsibilities as Group II commander, Lt. Col. served as the Wing’s Counterdrug Officer for six years from 2008-2014. He holds private pilot’s ratings in both airplane-single-engine-land and rotorcraft-helicopter.
Lt. Col. Howell holds a CAP master rating in Flight Operations, senior ratings in Command and Professional Development, and a technician rating in Communications. He has completed Level 4 of the CAP professional development program and was awarded the Paul Garber Award. He has been awarded an Exceptional Service Award, a Meritorious Service Award, two Commander’s Commendations, a Unit Citation Award, and a CAP Achievement Award.
Lt. Col. Howell is a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County and recently earned a bachelor’s degree in CyberSecurity from the University of Maryland University College. He is employed as a senior systems administrator with McKean Defense Group and holds certifications both as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Lt. Col. Howell is married to Lana and is the father of two daughters, Emma and Abigail. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and treasurer of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. In his spare time, he enjoys tracing his family tree.
Lt Col John Henderson
Lt Col John Henderson
Vice Commander- Operations
Lt. Col. John Henderson was appointed Maryland Wing chief of staff on April 08, 2016.
He joined CAP as a Cadet in December 1988 rising through the ranks achieving his Eaker award in 1994. Lt Col Henderson served in many capacities in the Maryland Wing starting as one of the youngest Squadron Commanders in the Maryland Wing when appointed in 1997 to lead the White Marsh Squadron. Since that time he has served as a Group Commander, Wing Flight Operations Officer, Wing Director of Operations, and his most current assignment as the DCS A3/5. In addition to his Wing duties, Lt Col Henderson also served as the Deputy Director of Operations at the Middle East Region Headquarters. Lt Col Henderson is a Level 1 Incident Commander. As a Command Pilot with over 2000 hours of Pilot in Command time, he is an FAA Rated Commercial Pilot with an Instrument Rating. He is a Mission Check Pilot as well as a Mission Check Pilot Examiner as well as a Cadet Orientation Pilot with over 100 cadets flown. He holds multiple Commanders Commendations and awards for Meritorious Service.
Maj Brenda Reed
Maj Brenda Reed
Wing Chief of Staff
Maj. Brenda Reed was appointed Maryland Wing chief of staff on April 08, 2016.
Since joining CAP in 2003, Maj Reed has served as a squadron personnel officer, MDWG administrative officer, both MDWG and MER public affairs officer, squadron commander of Carroll Composite Squadron, and was Maryland’s first wing administrator. Maj Reed designed and implemented the wing’s online learning program, including the wing’s UCC and TLC online courses. She has served on staff at five Tri-Wing Encampments in a variety of positions including commandant of cadets and vice commander, was an IACE escort to New Zealand, and deputy director of CAP’s 2016 Civic Leadership Academy. In 2010, she was named both Squadron Commander of the Year and Wing Staff Officer of the Year. Maj Reed has master ratings in Cadet Programs, Finance, and Administration, and a senior rating in Public Affairs. Professionally, Maj Reed is a distance education consultant for nonprofit organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Distance Education and e-Learning, both from University of Maryland University College. She is married to retired CMSgt Tom Reed and resides in Glen Burnie, Md.