The Association is fortunate to have a group of talented, dedicated individuals serving as your officers and directors. Contact any of the officers via the Contact Us page.
Ted F. Bowlds, President
Ted F. Bowlds, Spaatz #290, is serving is first term as the Association’s President. He presently is an independent consultant on aerospace weapon system acquisition, a member of numerous Boards of Advisors for various companies, and teaching acquisition and leadership classes. Ted retired as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and holds the distinction of being the first Spaatz Award recipient to achieve that rank in any branch of the U.S. military. His last assignment before retiring in 2011 was Commander, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Numbering more than 12,000, the men and women of Electronic Systems Center manage the acquisition of command and control, intelligence, and reconnaissance systems for the Air Force as well as joint and coalition partners.
The general entered the Air Force in 1975 through the AFROTC program at Mississippi State University and holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and graduate degrees in electrical engineering and engineering management. He is a graduate of USAF Test Pilot School, Air War College and Syracuse University’s National Security Management Course. (Current as of 16 December 2012. Term expires in 2016.)
Janon D. Ellis, Vice President
Janon D. “JD” Ellis, Spaatz #661, recently retired after 23 years of service in the U.S. Air Force where he earned the rating of master navigator with over 4000 hours in the C-130, he commanded the 728th Air Mobility Squadron at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey and served as Chief, Requirements Policy Division on the Headquarters USAF Staff. He earned the Spaatz Award as a member of the Florida Wing and continued to serve CAP after he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force with Texas, Arkansas, and Illinois Wings and served overseas as the commander of the Yokota Cadet Squadron, Japan. JD currently serves as the Director of Cadet Programs for the National Capital Wing and is employed as a USAF government civilian. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia. (Current as of 12 August 2012. Term expires in 2015.)
Michael J. Hower, National Secretary
Mike Hower, Spaatz #895, is the Chief Learning Officer of Strategic Knowledge Solutions, Inc., a service-disabled veteran-owned small business specializing in knowledge management, organizational learning, and expertise development. He recently retired from active duty as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel after 20+ years of service. His final assignment was as commander of a student squadron at Squadron Officer School where he was responsible for educating, motivating, and mentoring the current generation of Air Force company grade officers to the ideals of Air Force leadership through academic and experiential learning. He is also the founder of Air Force Forums, a program for social learning and professional networking for Air Force leaders around the world.
Lt Col Hower joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1985 and has served as both a cadet commander and squadron commander. He has attended 8 encampments, Cadet Leadership School, Blue Beret, International Air Cadet Exchange (Japan) as a senior escort, and directed the Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course: Colorado. He has also taught leadership and ethics for the National Wing/Region Commanders’ Course and National Staff College, along with space operations for Cadet Officer School. A 1991 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Lt Col Hower is also an Air Force Academy Character Coach and active in the local community. He was first elected as a Director in 2009, and then as National Secretary in 2012. (Current as of 8 September 2013. Elected 2009. Term expires in 2016.)
Bruce Krell, Treasurer
Bruce Krell, PhD, Spaatz #44, holds a PhD in Applied Math from the University of Houston and Rice University. He currently works as a shooting reconstruction and firearms expert, regularly testifying in criminal trials, such as murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. He also extensively conducts firearms training for civilians, hunters, law enforcement and military. Additionally, he is an officer on several other Boards for medium-size private corporations, homeowners associations, and non-profit corporations.
During his career, Bruce has been a Systems Engineer, a Software Engineer, and a Computer Science instructor. He has authored 5 books in the areas of Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, and computer programming. At age 50, he attended the Marine Sniper School at Camp Pendleton, CA, as a civilian. His is an avid off-road driver, having driven the Rubicon Trail, considered the grandfather of all off-road trails. (Term expires in 2015.)
Board of Directors
The Association’s Board of Directors consists of the four elected officers plus 9 members-at-large and one alternate. The at-large seats on the board are filled via the Association’s annual elections; one-half of these at-large seats are up for election each year. At-large directors serve a two-year term. For more information, see the Association’s by-laws.
Austyn W. Granville, Jr., Director #1
Colonel Austyn W. Granville, Jr., Spaatz #579, currently serves as the Deputy Commander for Senior and Cadet Members, Personnel Officer, Professional Development Officer, Administrative and Assistant Safety Officer for the Lantana Composite Squadron, Group VI, Florida Wing. Colonel Granville serves in an additional duty capacity as Group VI Senior Cadet Advisory Council Advisor. Prior to this, he served as a Wing Commander Advisor to New York Wing from September 2009 to August 2010. Colonel Granville served as the Northeast Region Vice-Commander (North), from June 2006 until September 2009. In this role, Colonel Granville was responsible for providing assistance in implementing the Northeast Region Commanders policies and served as an advisor to the 9 Wing Commanders of the Region. Colonel Granville was appointed to the position of New York Wing Commander on October 1st, 2001. His past duty assignments include that of Vice-Commander, New York Wing; DCS/Professional Development, Northeast Region; Group Commander, Deputy Group Commander and Squadron Commander. He has also served in numerous Group and Squadron Staff positions. Colonel Granville held the position of Director and was a staff member of numerous Squadron Leadership Schools and Corporate Learning Courses. Colonel Granville served as a Seminar Advisor at the 2012 and 2011 Southeast Region Staff College. In the past, he has served on the staff of the Northeast Region Staff College for several years and was a lecturer as well. (Current as of 6 December 2012. Term expires in 2015.)
Brian M. Campbell, Director #2
Brian M. Campbell joined the Civil Air Patrol cadet program in 1987, earning Spaatz #1219 in August 1994. Brian has held numerous leadership positions as both a cadet and senior member including Cadet Commander, Encampment Commander, Squadron Commander, Director of Cadet Programs and Wing Vice- Commander before heading to Civil Air Patrols National Headquarters as the Cadet Program Developer/Registrar. During Brian’s tenure in Civil Air Patrol, he has chartered two new squadrons, led his CAP Squadron to a Unit Citation and Squadron of Merit Award and grew the Cadet Program in the Delaware Wing by more than 50%. Brian was recognized by being awarded the Exceptional Service Award for all of his contributions to the Cadet Program. Brian is a CAP Major and a member of the Delaware Wing. Brian is the Vice President of Finance for the Central Division of Atlanta-based Comcast Cable, and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Consumer Telecom and Utilities Exchange. Brian resides in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife Kimberly and their children, Aidan and Ava. (Current as of 12 March 2013. Elected 2012. Term expires in 2016.)
Sandie D. Aurich, Director #3
A native of Oregon, Sandie Aurich, Spaatz #894, joined the Civil Air Patrol cadet program in 1979. Building her career in CAP, she has served in numerous cadet leadership positions, including Cadet Commander, Encampment Commander, CAC chair, a multi-squadron drill team Commander, and regional CAC. Active in the search and rescue she has lead ground teams, served as liaison between seniors and cadets, and participated as an air crew spotter. Awards as a cadet included, the .Grass Hopper. award and find for search and rescue; Squadron, Group, and Wing cadet of the year; Frank G. Brewer award; solo wings in powered and gliders; and several Commander Commendations. In 1988, Sandie earned the General Carl A. Spaatz Award. Joining the senior program, she has served in many positions including Deputy Commander for Cadets. She was named Oregon Wing Senior of the Year; Cadet Programs Officer of the Year; and Pacific Region.s Senior of the Year, all in 1997. She has also earned the Charles E. .Chuck. Yeager award. Sandie is currently a senior at Ashford University, where she is working on her Bachelor.s degree in Psychology. After completing her degree, she plans to work on her Master’s degree in Social Work. She was first elected to as a Director in 2009, and then served as National Secretary from 2010 to 2012. (Current as if 12 March 2013. Term expires in 2015.)
John Ruetemann, Director #4
John Ruetemann (#1463). Bio coming soon. (Current as of 30 September 2014. Term expires in 2016.)
Alan Dickinson, Director #5
Alan Dickinson, Spaatz #524, joined the board in 2012 as an alternate Director after establishing The Spaatz Association web presence on LinkedIn. He is also part of the team developing a new Spaatz Association mentoring program leveraging online mentoring approaches. Currently, he is the Program Director for Cloud Computing Marketing Strategy at IBM based in Research Triangle Park, NC. He received his Spaatz Award as part of the Michigan Wing and was the National Cadet of the Year recipient in 1981. As a cadet he attended the USAF Academy Survival Course, National Cadet Officer School, National Cadet Competition, and IACE – Switzerland (together with board member Austyn Granville, Jr.). He also served as Cadet Wing Summer Encampment commander, Wing CAC chairman, and Wing Cadet Project Officer for Rifle, Academic Bowl, and Cadet Competitions. Alan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and both a Masters of Business Administration and a Master of Arts Degree from Duke University.
CAP helped me to develop self confidence, leadership skills and self discipline. I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to give back to the organization that gave me so much.
Alan Lives with his wife, Sherry, and 2 sons (Luke and Lee) in Cary, North Carolina. (Term expires in 2015.)
Dominic Strug, Director #6
Dominic Strug, Spaatz #573, joined Civil Air Patrol in 1976 as part of the Michigan Wing. While a CAP cadet he earned his Eagle Scout Rank (1977), attended Cadet Officer School, and the US Air Force Academy Survival Course. Three years later, as a cadet at the USAF Academy, he returned to the USAF Academy Survival Course as an instructor. He graduated from USAFA in 1984. Upon completion of UPT, he flew KC-135’s and “passed gas” for a living! Shortly thereafter, he returned to USAFA as a T-41 Flight Instructor completing his assignment as the Chief, Aviation Training Branch. After joining the USAF Reserves, he served as an Air Force Admissions Liaison Officer, CAP Reserve Assistance Officer and Flight Commander at Maxwell AFB in the Commissioned Officer Training Program, where his flight won the class Honor Flight—the first time ever a reservist has won that honor. He was also recognized as the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command’s Individual Mobility Augmentee (IMA) of the Year. He is now retired from the USAF with over 23 years of service.
Having moved to NC, he and his wife started the Apex Cadet Squadron. During their tenure as squadron commander’s they attended the Nation Cadet Competition 6 years in a row with either a Drill Team or Color Guard Team—none placing below 4th place overall. During that time he has served as the wing DO, MER DO and even the Wing Director of Cadet Programs—twice. He is currently working at American Airlines and is an International 737 Captain. He serves NC Wing as an Instructor Pilot, Check Pilot Evaluator and Mission Check Pilot Evaluator. (Current as of 18 January 2015. Term expires in 2016.)
Robert J. Mattes, Director #7
Bob Mattes, Spaatz #445, coordinates all aspects of the Association’s scholarship activities. Bob is an active-duty colonel in the U.S. Air Force, whose previous assignments include service as Commander, 412th Operations Support Squadron and Deputy Commander, 412th Operations Group at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California. He currently reports directly to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, leading the Comparative Testing Office and working directly with the governments and industries of 27 nations as well as congressional staffs. Bob holds a Command Pilot rating with over 3700 flying hours. (Term expires in 2015.)
Lawrence L. Trick, Director #8
Larry Trick, Spaatz #452, served as president of the Association from 1998 to 2000 and was vice president from 1997 to 1998. He currently leads the effort to locate all missing Spaatz Award recipients. A U.S. Navy civil service employee, Larry is program manager for America’s newest X-plane, the X-49A Vectored Thrust Ducted Propeller advanced technology demonstrator, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering from Penn State University and previously commanded CAP’s Maryland Wing. (Term expires in 2014.)
Antonio Barroso, Director #9
Antonio J. Barroso, Spaatz # 1437, currently serves as a US Army Captain assigned to the National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C. He has previously commanded an Infantry Anti-Armor Company and an Air Defense Avenger Battery in the Florida Army National Guard. He has deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and has also served two tours with United States Southern Command where he was the Mil-Group operations officer at the US Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana. He has also served in Osan AFB, South Korea and two additional tours in support of Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) in Washington D.C. In the Civil Air Patrol, he serves as a Lieutenant Colonel, and recently stepped down from a leadership role as the Commander of Group VI in South Florida. He has served on various staffs to include Cadet Officer School, Hawk Mountain, the International Air Cadet Exchange (United Kingdom), and numerous encampments. Antonio earned his Spaatz Award in April 2001 and his Gill Rob Wilson Award in December 2008, he has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. His professional military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Anti-Armor Leader’s Course, Army Instructor Course, DISAM Overseas Management Course, Air Defense Captain’s Career Course and Squadron Officer School. (Term expires in 2015.)
Director Barroso replaced Director Amanda Folberg, elected 2013, on 1 June 2014, upon her departure for graduate school. Director Barroso moved from the Alternate Director position (Director #10) which he was elected to in 2013. He will complete the remainder of Director Folberg’s term (through 2015).
John Hedrick, Alternate Director (Director #10)
John Hedrick (#1411). Bio coming soon. (Current as of 30 September 2014. Term expires in 2016.)
Committee Chairs/Project Coordinators
Thomas P. Hurley, Bylaws Committee Chair
Thomas P. Hurley, Spaatz #305, chairs the Association’s Bylaws Committee, which is charged with providing guidance to the Board of Directors when requested on procedural or other matters relating to the By Laws and reviewing and proposing changes to the By Laws requested by members and the Board, and reviewing Bylaw complaints of members. The committee also monitors the Association’s election process. The Association’s founding Vice President and a former board member, Tom is president of Thomas Hurley Consulting LLC. He holds certifications as a Project Management Professional and Certified Business Manager and holds securities, mortgage and life/health licenses in the State of Connecticut. Mr. Hurley is also. Tom is a lieutenant colonel in Civil Air Patrol and is a member of the CT Minuteman Composite Squadron in New Haven, CT. Mr. Hurley is married, is a church lector, member of the American Legion and an elected member of his local school board. He holds BS, MS and MBA degrees. (Term at discretion of TSA Board of Directors.)
Bob Mattes, Scholarship Committee Chair
Bob Mattes, Spaatz #445, coordinates all aspects of the Association’s scholarship activities. Bob is an active-duty colonel in the U.S. Air Force, whose previous assignments include service as Commander, 412th Operations Support Squadron and Deputy Commander, 412th Operations Group at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California. He currently reports directly to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, leading the Comparative Testing Office and working directly with the governments and industries of 27 nations as well as congressional staffs. Bob holds a Command Pilot rating with over 3700 flying hours. (Term at discretion of TSA Board of Directors.)
Larry Trick, Membership Search Coordinator
Larry Trick, Spaatz #452, served as president of the Association from 1998 to 2000 and was vice president from 1997 to 1998. He currently leads the effort to locate all missing Spaatz Award recipients. A U.S. Navy civil service employee, Larry is program manager for America’s newest X-plane, the X-49A Vectored Thrust Ducted Propeller advanced technology demonstrator, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering from Penn State University and previously commanded CAP’s Maryland Wing. (Term at discretion of TSA Board of Directors.)