U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Daniel J. Orcutt, vice commander, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern), and deputy Combined Force Air Component commander for U.S. Northern Command, is the newest member of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors.
Orcutt is principal adviser to Lt. Gen. R. Scott Williams, 1st Air Force commander, and assists in organizing, equipping, and operating air defense forces for aerospace warning and control in support of the commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). He succeeds Williams as a BoG member.
As deputy Combined Force Air Component commander, Orcutt ensures operational readiness of assigned, aligned or gained forces for homeland defense, defense support of civil authorities and theater security cooperation missions for North America.
He previously served as commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia.
Orcutt has served as an instructor pilot in both KC-10s and F-15Es, in two air operations centers and as a White House fellow. He is a command pilot with over 4,400 hours in the F-15E, KC-10, and HH-60, including over 1,100 combat or combat support hours.
He has also commanded an F-15E squadron, an Operations Group and two wings. He has participated in Operations Inherent Resolve, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Assured Response, Restore Hope, Uphold Democracy and Restore Democracy.
The 11-member BoG consists of four Air Force appointees, three members appointed jointly by the secretary of the Air Force and CAP’s national commander, and four members-at-large selected by CAP’s Senior Advisory Group.
The BoG moves CAP forward through collective decision-making to generate strategic policies, plans and programs designed to guide it both today and tomorrow. It is assisted by CAP’s national commander and chief executive officer, the organization’s chief operating officer and the CAP-U.S. Air Force commander, who act as advisers.