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Brig. Gen. Regena Aye, National Vice Commander

Brig. Gen. Regena Aye

Brig. Gen. Regena Aye is the national vice commander of Civil Air Patrol. She was named to the leadership position by Maj. Gen. Edward D. Phelka, CAP’s CEO/national commander, confirmed by the organization’s Board of Governors, and promoted to brigadier general (one-star) when Phelka took command on Aug. 26, 2021.

Her primary duty as national vice commander is to help Phelka lead CAP’s  more than 65,000 volunteers in fulfillment of the nonprofit organization’s three primary programs of emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet programs. In its role as the Air Force auxiliary, CAP is a member of the Total Force, filling a critical role in Defense Support of Civil Authorities that includes preserving life, relieving suffering, and providing training support. In addition to advising Phelka and the Board of Governors on operational and policy issues, she is also be a member of both the Command Council and Senior Advisory Group (CSAG).

A college teacher and mentor by trade, Aye was the first CAP chief of education and training, a national post she assumed in 2020 after leading the Leadership Development Working Group, which revised CAP’s legacy professional development program over a three-year p eriod and replaced it with the more flexible education and training program. The w program launched in 2020 includes Volunteer University, which provides on-site and online professional development experience for CAP’s more than 36,000 adult members, and the mentoring program.

Before her appointment as  chief of education and training,  Aye served as commander of CAP’s North Central Region from 2016-2020. She was responsible for leading the region’s seven wings, including her home state of Kansas. Before that, she served as region vice commander (2013-2016) and Kansas Wing commander (2008-2012).

Aye has a CAP Senior Aircrew rating and is qualified as a liaison officer, mission staff assistant, public information officer, and mission safety officer. She holds Master ratings in the Administration, Cadet Programs, Command, Drug Demand Reduction, Historian, Personnel, Professional Development, and Safety specialty tracks and a Senior rating in Emergency Services. Outside CAP, she works as an online professor at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where she teaches instructional design and performance technology (IDPT). She has served as the university’s IDPT doctorate program coordinator since 2019.

Aye has three college degrees — a doctorate in educational leadership and a bachelor’s in history from Baker, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a master’s in history from Emporia State University.

Current as of Aug. 26, 2021