20:36 PM

Nevada Wing Gains New Commander, Howard

Cols. Brian C. Howard and Deborah Pierce

NVwingCol. Brian C. Howard is the new Nevada Wing commander, succeeding Col. Deborah Pierce in a ceremony March 3 at Civil Air Patrol’s Winter Command Council meeting in Washington, D.C.  

Howard previously served as the Henderson Composite Squadron’s officer for operations and for emergency services.  Before moving to Nevada he served as Virginia Wing chief of staff and commanded that wing’s Coastal Composite Squadron.

“He brings a depth of knowledge and varied experiences, which will help him in his new role.” said Col. Virginia Nelson, Pacific Region commander.

 “I'm thankful for the opportunity granted by my selection,” Howard said.  “My first order of business was to travel to Washington, D.C. ,and Arlington, Virginia, for Civil Air Patrol National Legislative Day,” which he called “a much more incredible event than I had anticipated.”

“I'm energized by the direction National Headquarters has and the implications for the Nevada Wing.  Meeting with legislators and congressional staffers from Nevada gave me a sense of direction in how we as a team can move the Nevada Wing forward with full bipartisan support from our representatives,” the new commander said.

”There are no words for me to describe what an honor and a privilege it has been to serve our wing – to serve our members,” said Pierce, his predecessor. “ I thank them all for the opportunities and the friendships. I wish them all health, contentment, and good roads ahead.”

“I’ve been part of the command team of the Nevada Wing for over seven years, as vice commander and then as commander,” she added. “Through that time, we have been through a lot together, including the COVID-19 pandemic. But we have come through the trials even stronger, with a new sense of purpose and a greater understanding of our resilience and capabilities.”
Capt. Maryan Tooker
Public Affairs Officer
Nevada Wing