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NC Wing Has New Commander

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Col. Larry Ragland Passes the Ceremonial Guidon to Col. David E. Crawford. Photo by: Maj. Don Penven (click image to view full size)
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Lt. Col. David E. Crawford Takes Command, is Promoted to Colonel

7/15/2012–– The 1500 members of the NC Wing now have a new leader. The Middle East Region Commander, Col. Larry Ragland, passed the ceremonial guidon to Col. David E. Crawford before a packed auditorium at NC Wing HQs. in Burlington, NC. Crawford, a 30 year veteran of CAP, began his four year term in office by expressing his vision of the direction in which he will lead the wing.

“It is my hope to see the NC Wing move toward a more universal approach for our operations,” Crawford said. “We will continue reaching out to the other six wings in the Middle East Region by removing boundaries. State lines are just lines on a map and we will encourage more interaction and joint operations between us and these wings,” he said.
Crawford noted that later in July, the NC Wing will conduct a joint search and rescue exercise with the SC Wing, and he will promote additional activities with the VA Wing and beyond. “When disaster strikes with hurricanes, tornadoes and floods, each wing in the region must be prepared to move quickly and effectively to assist its neighbors.”
Crawford succeeds Lt. Col. John Kay, who has been serving as Interim Commander. Kay assumed command of the wing back in June when then commander, Col. Roy Douglass accepted the position of Chief of Staff with the Middle East Region.
Noting that he joined CAP as a cadet, Crawford stressed that the wing continue vigorous support for CAP’s three Congressional mandates: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education.
Crawford is married to the former Jacquelyn M. Dyke of Brecksville, OH. The Crawford’s, and their daughter, Michelle, live in Raleigh.