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Mich. Wing's Boehmer Selected to Serve on Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors

A former cadet and lifelong member of Civil Air Patrol has been selected to serve on CAP’s Board of Governors.

Col. Curtis J. Boehmer, 62, of the Michigan Wing was selected Saturday by the CAP Senior Advisory Group, replacing Col. Jayson Altieri as an at-large member of the board. Boehmer’s term begins on Nov. 3.

“I thank Col. Altieri for his contributions and look forward to the opportunity of working with Col. Boehmer in this new capacity,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO. “I am confident that Col. Boehmer will be a great addition to the Board of Governors as a CAP member at large. He brings strong credentials to the position, to include his many years as a member of CAP, a highly successful term as the Michigan Wing commander, his professional experience and his service on other boards.”

Boehmer’s extensive CAP background began at age of 15, when he became a charter member of the Rix Composite Squadron in Michigan Wing. He became the squadron’s cadet commander and earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award in 1974 before leaving for the University of Texas/Dallas. He returned to Michigan after majoring in speech pathology and audiology and has held many leadership positions at all levels within the Michigan Wing, including wing commander from July 26, 2014-Sept. 10, 2018. He also served two terms as vice commander (2007-2010/2013-2014) and chief of staff (2005-2007/2012-2013).

Boehmer is a CAP mission observer and has a master rating in command and cadet programs. He is a Gill Robb Wilson (Level 5) Award recipient.

He has served for 10 years at the national Cadet Officer School and has been director of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, the Advance Technology Academy in New York and the Great Lakes Region Leadership School. He has also served five times as the Michigan Wing’s encampment commander.

His latest leadership role will be as a member of CAP’s top governing body.

“Being able to serve on the Board of Governors is a great responsibility and privilege,” said Boehmer. “I believe someone that is close to and believes in our members should be on the board, so I am honored to be that person.”

Boehmer, a resident of Harbor Beach, Michigan, has led a very community centered life. While working as a speech and language pathologist with the Huron Intermediate School District, he has owned and operated a successful restaurant, refereed soccer games and sat on the local school board. He has negotiated both labor and construction contracts as a trustee on the school board and as a business owner.

His dedication to community has carried over to his service with Civil Air Patrol.

“With the support of my wife Shelley and our son Lance, Civil Air Patrol has been a center pillar of our lives,” he said. “My goal and drive for the past 47 years has always been to serve CAP and its communities. That dedication to community will continue in my new role as a member of the Board of Governors.”

The Board of Governors, or BoG, consists of four U.S. Air Force appointees, three members appointed jointly by the secretary of the Air Force and CAP’s national commander, and four members-at-large selected by the CAP Senior Advisory Group (CSAG). CAP’s national commander, national vice commander, executive officer and eight region commanders serve as voting members on the CSAG. The CAP inspector general, command chief, chief operating officer and CAP- U.S. Air Force (CAP-USAF) commander are non-voting members of the CSAG.

The 11-member BoG generates strategic policies, plans and programs designed to guide and support the volunteer service of the organization’s 52 wings. CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer, the organization’s chief operating officer and the CAP-USAF commander serve as advisers to the BoG.