Col. Jon L. Stokes is the new commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Pacific Region, succeeding Col. John R. Longley.
Stokes, a CAP member since November 2002, served as commander of the California Wing from August 2011-September 2015. He previously commanded the wing’s San Bernardino Senior Squadron No. 5 from December 2004-March 2006 and Los Angeles County Group 1 from May 2008-July 2011.
Most recently, he served as a voting member of CAP’s National Finance Committee; director of the Wing Commander College at CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama; Pacific Region government relations adviser; and California Wing director of public affairs. He has also been an emergency services training officer, emergency services officer and incident commander.
Stokes became a qualified mission observer in 2003 and has since amassed over 400 flight hours as a master-rated observer in both the Cessna 182 and 206 aircraft platforms.
His major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, Commanders Commendation Award with one silver and one bronze device, Lifesaving Award with two bronze devices, Find Award with two bronze devices, Air Search & Rescue Award with one silver and three bronze devices, Disaster Relief Award with “V” and two bronze devices, Homeland Security Award with one bronze device, Leadership Award with three silver stars, 2004 California Wing Observer of the Year and 2009 Lifetime Presidential Service Award.