Squadron commander recognized for milestone achievement

On Thursday evening, the commander of NATCAP Wing, Col. Janon (J. D.) Ellis, lingered after the wing aircrew meeting to present MVCS commander, Lt. Col. William (Bill) Eliason with a certificate commemorating his completion of a significant CAP leadership milestone.

According to the official CAP fact sheet, “the Gill Robb Wilson Award is Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) highest award for senior member professional development. It recognizes senior members who have dedicated themselves to leadership and personal development in the CAP.  This award was first given in 1964 and honors the late Gill Robb Wilson. He is regarded as the founder of Civil Air Patrol and served as CAP’s first executive officer.”

Ellis noted that these certificates are numbered.  Eliason’s receipt of the award represents the 3,514th time it has been presented since 1964.

Col. J.D. Ellis, NATCAP Wing Commander, presents Lt. Col. Bill Eliason, MVCS Commander, with the Gill Robb Wilson Award. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.

Wilson, for whom the award is named, learned to fly during WW I.  Click for further details of his biography.

Eliason, a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force including squadron command, senior leadership positions at the group, numbered air force, and joint combatant command levels.  Earning a Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in 2010, Eliason is currently the Director of the National Defense University Press and the Editor-in-Chief of Joint Force Quarterly.  He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and National Defense University.

Gill Robb Wilson certificate presented to Lt. Col. Bill Eliason on Dec. 14, 2017, by NATCAP Wing Commander Col. J.D. Ellis at Davison Army Airfield. Photo by Lt. Col. Mark Patrick.