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    Gould assumes Va. Wing command

    February 16, 2017

    Col. Dean Gould, incoming Virginia Wing commander, symbolically accepts command from Col.  John Knowles (left), Middle East Region commander. Behind Gould is his predecessor as wing commander, Col. James Covel. Also present during the presentation is Cadet 2nd Lt. Kenneth Bittner of the Southside Composite Squadron.

    Photo by Capt. David Hardback

    Capt. Greg Fletcher
    Public Affairs Officer
    Virginia Wing

    Col. Dean Gould assumed command of the Virginia Wing from Col. James Covel in a change of command ceremony attended by a range of dignitaries and more than 150 cadets and senior members from across the wing.
    Col. John Knowles, Middle East Region commander, symbolically passed command of the wing from the departing commander to the incoming commander when he received the wing flag from Covel and then presented it to Gould during the ceremony at Wing Headquarters at Chesterfield County Airport. Maj Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP national commander as well as a former Virginia Wing commander, was one of many distinguished visitors.
    Gould held his first strategy meeting with squadron commanders from across the wing after the ceremony. He told the group his tenure would be marked by a proactive stance. He outlined his goals, and members of his command staff presented an analysis of region goals. 
    Asked what members could expect from him as commander, Gould replied, “They will see some new things, higher involvement of the wing leadership and a back-to-basics mentality.” 
    Gould is a former squadron commander and group commander and also has a long history of working with the Boy Scouts in the Hampton Roads region.  

    The ceremony also recognized Covel’s four-year tour as wing commander.
    Col. Jerry Weiss, region vice commander, praised Covel’s performance as commander. The departing commander received CAP’s third-highest decoration during the ceremony – the Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes “an extremely difficult duty of marked national significance which is performed in a clearly outstanding manner or service which clearly aided CAP in furthering national polices.”
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