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Commanders of California Wing

COMMANDER’S LIST Grade*
Name
Start Date
End Date
Colonel 
Bertrand Rhine 
1-Dec-41 
1-Jan-49 
Colonel 
Benjamin S. McGlashan 
1-Jan-49 
11-Apr-49 
Colonel 
Howard B. Freeman 
11-Apr-49 
25-May-55 
Colonel 
Wallace Hershel Easley 
25-May-55 
21-Dec-56 
Colonel 
Clement C. Lattimore 
21-Dec-56 
25-Mar-58 
Colonel 
Charles A. Ashlock 
25-Mar-58 
4-Aug-60 
Colonel 
Leroy F. Breithbarth, Jr. 
4-Aug-60 
9-Dec-60 
Colonel 
Herbert Barnett 
9-Dec-60 
8-Dec-62 
Colonel 
Raymond H. Gaver 
8-Dec-62 
14-Mar-69 
Colonel 
Howard L. Brookfield 
14-Mar-69 
13-Mar-71 
Colonel 
Donald D. Dixon 
13-Mar-71 
27-Aug-72 
Colonel 
Howard L. Brookfield 
27-Aug-72 
1-Feb-73 
Colonel 
Jack Ferman 
1-Feb-73 
1-Mar-74 
Colonel 
Warren J. Barry 
1-Mar-74 
30-Sep-78 
Colonel 
Edwin W. Lewis Jr. 
30-Sep-78 
30-Sep-82 
Colonel 
Donald M. Biondich 
30-Sep-82 
20-Sep-86 
Colonel 
V. Lee White 
20-Sep-86 
21-Apr-90 
Colonel 
Ernest C. Pearson 
21-Apr-90 
30-Aug-93 
Colonel 
Angelo A. Porco 
30-Aug-93 
5-May-96 
Colonel 
Bryon L. Brammer 
5-May-96 
16-Oct-99 
Colonel 
Larry F. Myrick 
16-Oct-99 
18-Oct-03 
Colonel 
Virginia M. Nelson 
18-Oct-03 
24-Mar-07 
Colonel 
Jesus Muniz 
24-Mar-07 
11-Sep-07 
Colonel 
Larry F. Myrick 
11-Sep-07 
7-Nov-07 
Colonel 
Kenneth W. Parris 
7-Nov-07 
27-Aug-11 
Colonel 
Jon Stokes 
27-Aug-11 
26-Sep-15 
Colonel 
Alan Ferguson 
26-Sep-15 
23-Sep-19 
Colonel 
Ross E. Veta 
23-Sep-19 
Incumbent 

Emblem of California Wing

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) California Wing emblem. 

The California Wing emblem is a dark blue pentagon, on which the outlines of the State of California are imposed, and a California Grizzly Bear in gold. This is surrounded by a pair of stylized wings in gold. The wings denote CAP’s flying mission, and the bear is representative of the bear on our state flag. The gold color in the emblem is symbolic of the state’s history and the reference of California as the ‘Golden State’ and its early gold rush period.1

The patch was allegedly designed by Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles, California, in the 1950s.2

This logo has been used since the mid-1950s; no information about the original approval date or heraldry is available.

  1. A letter by Maj. Roberta D. Lantz, CAP Director of Senior Programs, California Wing, March 6, 1982.
  2. Caution: Many service units claim that Walt Disney Studios designed their unit patch. It's a proud boast, but it isn't easy to back up those claims. In "Disney Dons Dogtags: The Best of Disney Military Insignia from World War II" (Walton Rawls, 1992), Disney Archivist David S. Smith figures that Disney Studios designed over 1,200 insignia. The originals were sent to the unit that requested them, and few, if any, remain in the Disney archives. In the case of the California Wing patch, it just doesn't look like other vintage Disney patches from that period. But maybe. Col Charles Wiest, March 20, 2020.
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