Lt Col Brenda A. Reed was appointed Maryland Wing chief of staff on April 8, 2016. She brings more than 13 years of Civil Air Patrol experience to the position, including service as a former squadron commander, wing and region staff officer, and wing administrator. As chief of staff, Reed informs the wing commander of progress toward achievement of objectives, notable accomplishments, and other matters of interest including overseeing the actions of majority of the wing staff. Reed is the commander’s principal assistant for directing, coordinating, supervising, and training the staff.
Since joining Civil Air Patrol in July 2003, Lt Col Reed has held a variety of positions at several echelons of the organization. At the unit level, she served as the personnel officer and public affairs officer at the Carroll Composite Squadron in Westminster, Md. She later became the squadron commander, leading the unit to Squadron of the Year in 2010 and earning the Squadron Commander of the Year award. At the wing level, Lt Col Reed has been the wing administrative officer, the drug demand reduction administrator, advisor to the commander, and the wing public affairs officer. In 2010, she received the Wing Staff Officer of the Year award for her service as PAO. She recently served as director of public affairs at the Middle East Region before stepping down to become the wing chief of staff. At the national level, she is the assistant e-learning coordinator and is an instructor for the national online Squadron Leadership School.
Lt Col Reed has a passion for working with cadets and has been involved in many cadet activities. She was on staff at the Tri-Wing Encampment for five years, serving as administrative officer, executive officer, commandant of cadets, and vice commander. Lt Col Reed was named Tri-Wing’s Honor Officer for 2004, 2005, and 2006. She is a faculty member at the Civic Leadership Academy and was the 2016 deputy director of this national cadet special activity. In 2010, Lt Col Reed traveled to New Zealand as an escort/ambassador with the International Air Cadet Exchange and repeated this honor as an escort/ambassador to Belgium in 2016. Prior to her escort assignment, Lt Col Reed was the IACE project officer for the Maryland Wing hosting for three years. She served on the national cadet scholarship committee for three years. Mentoring cadets is important to Lt Col Reed and she was awarded the CAP-USAF Torch Award twice (2008 and 2010) as top mentor selected by the Maryland Wing cadet of the year. Lt Col Reed was awarded the Wing Cadet Programs Advocate of the Year Award in both 2006 and 2009.
For much of her CAP career, Lt Col Reed has focused on public affairs and has been privileged to see many of her articles and photos published. She was co-chair of the national branding/style guide committee and chair of the national committee to develop a public affairs plan template. She is a graduate of the 2008 National Public Affairs Academy and was one of four bloggers on CAP’s Congressional Gold Medal website. She served as PIO for the 2015 South Carolina flood mission and her article was published in the Volunteer magazine. She was named Wing PAO of the Year in 2005 and Middle East Region PAO of the Year in 2009. Lt Col Reed has also earned six first place Balsem Awards for her public affairs work in social media, photography, and website content.
Lt Col Reed is very interested in meeting member needs through distance education. She initiated the Maryland Wing e-learning program, designing and implementing the nation’s first online Unit Commanders Course and online Training Leaders of Cadets, courses which have been attended by students around the nation. She was part of the development team for the initial NHQ online Unit Commanders Course and is regularly contacted by CAP members from various wings for advice on designing online training courses.
Lt Col Reed has completed Level IV of CAP’s professional development program and holds master ratings in cadet programs, administration, pubic affairs, and finance. She also has a technician rating in personnel. She is a graduate of the Middle East Region Staff College. Her CAP decorations include a national commander’s commendation, five Meritorious Service Awards, a region commander’s commendation, eight wing commander’s commendations, a CAP achievement award, a national commander’s unit citation, and two unit citations.
Lt Col Reed holds a Bachelors degree in history from the University of Maryland University College where her studies emphasized the Renaissance period. She earned her Masters in Distance Education and e-Learning with a teaching and training specialization from University of Maryland University College, graduating summe cum laude.
Professionally, Lt Col Reed is a distance education consultant helping nonprofit organizations with their e-learning needs. She is married to retired USAF Chief Master Sgt. Tom Reed and is mother to three grown children and has two grandsons. Two of her children were cadets: the former Cadet Capt Jenn Reed and former Cadet Col Jake Reed, who is married to former Cadet 2nd Lt Caddi Golia. Her son was named CAP's National Cadet of the Year in 2008.