Col Joseph Winter was appointed the Maryland Wing Commander on April 08, 2016. As a Civil Air Patrol member for more than 20 years, Col Winter brings a wealth of experience to the position.
Col Winter joined CAP in 1993 as a cadet in New York Wing, where he rapidly rose through the cadet program and was named the New York Wing Cadet of the Year. After college, he transferred to the Maryland Wing and joined the wing cadet programs staff where he served as director of cadet programs. In addition to the cadet programs director, Col Winter served as the commander of the Maryland Wing Headquarters Squadron.
In 2009 he was also named to national cadet programs staff where he continues to serve as the director for national cadet special activities. Col Winter also has served as the commander of the Tri-Wing Encampment for four years and was the commander of the 2009 Maryland-Delaware Encampment. In addition to his duties at the wing level, Col Winter served as the deputy director for the National Cadet Competition for several years and is currently the Deputy Director of Cadet Officer School, held at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. Col Winter also is the former director of the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course held at Laughlin Air Force Base, TX, and the former director of the Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course in Colorado Springs, CO.
In 2011, Winter traveled to Ghana and in 2008 he visited Singapore as an ambassador for Civil Air Patrol in the International Air Cadet Exchange, a program he participated in as a cadet when he traveled to the United Kingdom and Norway. Col Winter has been a driving force in the local Maryland Wing hosting of international guests and assists in the planning of the program.
Col Winter holds a CAP master rating in cadet programs and a senior rating in public affairs. He is a qualified aircrew member and public information officer. He has earned the Yeager Award, two Exceptional Service Awards, four Meritorious Service Awards, five Commander’s Commendations, and three Unit Citation Awards. Col Winter was named the 2004 Maryland Wing Staff Officer of the Year and the 2009 CAP National Cadet Programs Officer of the Year for his dedicated service.
Col Winter is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management, and a graduate of Sacred Heart University where he earned a Masters of Art in Teaching. He is a 2008 graduate of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) and the 2012 USAF Incident Managers Course.
Outside of Civil Air Patrol, Col Winter is an Air Force officer at the 175th Wing where he is assigned as the Wing Executive Officer. In addition, Col Winter is employed by Loyola University Maryland as an affiliate faculty member with the Communication Department.