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Lt Col Timothy Paquin will be relieving Lt Col Hilda Pereyo during a change of command ceremony to be conducted at the Evergreen Aviation Museum on Dec. 4. The time-honored ceremony will mark the completion of Lt Col Pereyo’s outstanding leadership of the McMinnville Composite Squadron command.


 Col William Ray, commander of the Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol, will be the officiating officer.  Several other senior members of the Oregon Wing staff will also be present.


Lt Col Pereyo said she is excited that the new commander plans to continue and further expand the squadron’s focus on forming partnerships with other service organizations in the community. Said Pereyo, “Our squadron trains the leaders of tomorrow through its cadet programs and we feel these youth will ultimately return to our area with a passion not only for aviation and aerospace but with other deeply embedded core values including honesty, integrity, selfless service to the community and excellence.”

During her four-year command Lt Col Pereyo says she has seen wonderful growth in all areas of the McMinnville squadron. Pereyo stated that, “Our squadron has almost doubled in size. We have been a major player in forging relationships with home schooling groups state wide. Our time with the Oregon Homeschoolers Conference and the Oregon Science Teacher’s Association resulted in cadet enrollments throughout the state, not just in our squadron.”

The McMinnville squadron of professional volunteers trains teens and adults in emergency services, aerospace, aviation, and also focuses on community service and leadership. Said Lt Col Pereyo, “Our last 4 years has seen us secure a temporary home base for our squadron due to our efforts to forge a quality relationship with the Evergreen Aviation Museum and we have also built up an excellent social media presence.  I look forward to assisting Lt Col Paquin in further developing the community awareness of who Civil Air Patrol is and what we do.”


 Lt Col Timothy Paquin, began his CAP career as a cadet in 1991.  He worked through the cadet program, rising to the grade of c/Lt Col before joining the U.S. Army in 1996.  As a senior member, he has served in almost every capacity at the squadron level.   Said Paquin, “I especially want to facilitate an awareness within the community of who we are and what we do. Civil Air Patrol has proven to be a valuable partner to communities nationwide.”


Paquin currently serves as the Oregon Wing Director of Personnel and Emergency Services Officer.  He brings extensive experience to this command, having also served in the National Capital Wing, the Colorado Wing and the California Wing. He says, “I want to continue our focus on building partnerships with other groups to better serve this community, our state and the nation.  I am also focused on ensuring that the squadron has a permanent home from which we can continue to serve.”


His CAP awards and decorations include:  the Commander’s Commendation medal, the Unit Citation ribbon, the Paul Garber Award, the Grover Loening Award, the Benjamin O. Davis Leadership award with seal, the Membership ribbon, the Charles “E” Chuck Yeager Award, the Ira C. Eaker Award, the Red Service ribbon with “25 year” device, the Search “Find” ribbon, the Air Search and Rescue ribbon, the Community Service ribbon, the Cadet Advisory Council ribbon with bronze star, the Encampment ribbon with device, the Master Ground Team badge, and the EMT badge.


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.


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