15:05 PM

Vt. Wing Gains New Leadership

1st Lt. Peter Steinerman
Public Affairs Officer

Vermont Wing


Col. Richard C. Beach is the new Vermont Wing commander, succeeding Col. Tom Carello, interim commander.

“Service before self’ has long been a pillar of the Vermont Wing, and I feel privileged to further this tradition among our 200 senior members and cadets statewide,” Beach said. “The wing will continue to hone our skills in readiness, safety and emergency services.”

He pledged to “promote the wing’s ongoing efforts to inspire and involve Vermont youth in our community service and aerospace education programming.”

Beach joined Civil Air Patrol in 2006 as a cadet, He has filled a variety of leadership and staff positions throughout his CAP career, including wing director of professional development, of logistics and of information technology.

He is also a technical sergeant in the Vermont Air National Guard’s 229th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, serving as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Systems Maintenance Flight.


Beach is an alumnus of the Community College of the Air Force and received his bachelor’s in computer information technology from Vermont Technology College. He earned a master’s in information security operations from Champlain College in Burlington.

In addition, Capt. Peter Slocombe was appointed wing vice commander and Maj. Andy Sumner was promoted to chief of staff.

Slocombe, the new wing vice commander, previously served as commander of the Burlington Senior Squdaron, the wing's largest unit. He is an employee of the Department of Homeland Security after previously working at the Department of Justice.