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BoG Chair Fedder Honored for 'Service to the Flag'

Award Presented at 2017 Women in Defense National Conference in Washington, D.C.

The head of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors was front and center Wednesday at the Service to the Flag Awards Ceremony at the 2017 Women in Defense National Conference in the nation’s capital.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Judith A. Fedder, who became chair of CAP’s Board of Governors, was one of two honorees receiving the Service to the Flag Award at Wednesday’s luncheon, held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Fedder received the Service to the Flag Award for her work in the government sector, while Jo A. Decker, vice president for Business Development, Sales and Operations, Global Solutions Division, General Dynamics Information Technology, was presented with the Service to the Flag Award for her work in industry.

“It is a distinct honor to be recognized with the Women in Defense Salute to the Flag Award,” said Fedder. “In many ways it reflects all women who serve in uniform or in government. Through my association with the Board of Governors this also highlights the value and incredible contributions of Civil Air Patrol volunteers who are such an important part of the National Security sector.”

Fedder retired from the Air Force in 2015 as deputy chief of staff for logistics, installations and mission support with the Air Force. Before that she handled numerous Air Force assignments both stateside and overseas.

She served as the officer in charge for several aircraft maintenance units and as the chief of logistics management for operations out of Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. She later commanded units at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, as well as in Italy, Portugal and Oklahoma.

In Washington, D.C., she served as director of legislative liaison in the office of the secretary of the Air Force and then as the director of logistics at the Pentagon.

According to former CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, the Service to the Flag Award is bestowed annually to women who identify and address some of the nation’s most vexing National Security challenges through their work in and outside of government. The award recognizes extraordinary leadership, strategic impact and potential to inspire other women to serve in the National Security sector, she said.

Previous Service to the Flag honorees have included:

  • Lisa Atherton, executive vice president, military business, Bell Helicopter;

  • Carolyn H. Becraft, former U.S. assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs);

  • Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, former president of Women in Military Service For America Memorial; and

  • Christine E. Wormuth, former undersecretary of defense for policy.

Courter, CAP's national commander from 2007 to 2011, currently serves as Women in Defense president and chair of the WID National Council.


About WID
Women In Defense (WID), a National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) affiliate, engages, cultivates and advances women in all aspects of national security. Incorporated in 1985, Women In Defense provides members a business environment for professional growth through strategic networking, education, and career development. This national alliance is comprised of women and men from industry and defense organizations of every size, all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, government agencies, academia, think tanks, associations and professional services.