11/21/2005–Baltimore, MD–Brenda Reed of Westminster has been named administrator of the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a new full-time position. She previously served as the wing’s administrative officer, a part-time volunteer position.
A CAP member for nearly 2½ years, Reed will continue to serve as a 1st lieutenant handling public affairs for the Carroll Composite Squadron in the wing’s Group II. She was named the wing’s 2005 Public Affairs Officer of the Year at the wing’s annual conference on Nov. 5. She also has served as her squadron’s personnel officer and was certified as a technician by CAP in that duty assignment.
“Ms. Reed brings a wealth of knowledge not only about CAP, but also about being an office manager,” said Col. Kay Joslin Walling, commander of the wing. “The Maryland Wing has enjoyed her expertise as the wing administrative officer, the administrative officer at our annual Tri-Wing Encampment, and a host of other positions. She is already busy working to help all of us better perform our duties.”
Reed, 43, attended the University of Maryland and Hawaii Pacific College, now known as Hawaii Pacific University, majoring in business/personnel and education.
She has additional experience in office administration at the National Association of the Deaf in Silver Spring, Md., the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association in Myersville, Md., and at Central Texas College in Hawaii, as well as experience as an assistant librarian, optician, and as a high school teacher of speech, composition, and sign language.
The administrator is a paid staff position reporting to the wing commander. The administrator provides administrative and program support to the wing commander, maintains financial and personnel records to ensure wing compliance with CAP’s national headquarters and government requirements, including correspondence, reporting, meeting/conference planning, working with wing staff officers on reports and training plans. In addition, the administrator is office manager of the wing, tasked with ensuring that its buildings are cared for and its staff has what it needs.
Her husband, 1st Lt. Tom Reed, recently spent 4 months on duty in Afghanistan, but is now retired from the Air Force and working with the Department of Defense. He will be going to Iraq next year. He is the Carroll squadron’s deputy commander for cadets. Her daughter, Erica, is a junior at Pensacola Christian College in Florida, majoring in biology. Her daughter, Jennifer, a freshman at Pensacola Christian College majoring in graphics design, is a cadet 1st lieutenant. Her son, Jacob, a cadet captain, is cadet commander of the Carroll squadron, as well as recorder for the Cadet Advisory Council for both the wing and the region. Last year he was named the wing’s Cadet Junior Officer of the Year.
CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 56,000 members nationwide. It performs 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va. CAP was credited in 2004 by the AFRCC with saving more than 140 lives. CAP volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 23,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 63 years.