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Colonel James P. Furlong

Colonel James P. Furlong is the Commander, Washington Wing, Civil Air Patrol with headquarters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He oversees the training and readiness of nearly 1400 unpaid volunteers to serve their communities, the State of Washington and the United States of America when called upon. Washington Wing operates a fleet of 12 powered aircraft and two gliders and 24 vehicles. Last year, the Wing’s 28 squadrons flew a total of nearly 1800 hours while participating in 6 Search and Rescue and 6 other state support missions; recording 2 Finds certified by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). Wing pilots also provided 732 Orientation rides for CAP, JROTC and ROTC cadets and Aerospace Educators.

Colonel Furlong was commissioned upon graduation from Washington State University and the AFROTC program in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science Education. He served in operational assignments in the C-7A and C-141. The first assignment was in Vietnam, the next 25 years were in the C-141 and culminated in Desert Storm service and retirement with 28 years total service.

2014-PRES WAWG McChord AFB, WA Commander
2013-2014 WAWG McChord AFB, WA Chief of Staff/Ops
2010-2013 PCR Hayward, CA Counterdrug Dir
2007-2010 WAWG McChord AFB, WA Dir of Ops
1996-2007 Peninsula Comp SQ Bremerton, WA Ops Officer
1994-1996 Green River Comp SQ Auburn, WA Pilot
1990-1994 GAWG Marietta,GA Advisor to CC
1987-1990 GA Group 4 Commander
1983-1987 GAWG, Marietta, GA Training Officer
1979-1983 Atlanta Sr Sq, Marietta, GA Sr Trng Officer
1977-1979 PAWG, Pittsburgh, PA Asst Ops Officer
1976-1977 Williamsport Comp SQ Williamsport, PA Pilot
1974-1976 McGuire AFB Comp SQ McGuire AFB, NJ Ops Officer

1965 BS Degree in Physical Science Education from Washington State University.
1970 Squadron Officer School, Correspondence.
1976 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence.
1986 Air War College, Correspondence.
Numerous adjunct residence courses at AWC, Armed Forces Staff College, ACSC, etc.
Numerous National Security Seminars.

October 1965 - October 1966, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, AZ.
November 1966 - December 1966, Student, CV-2B (C-7A) Transition Training, Ft Benning, GA.
December 1966 - December 1967, Pilot, C-7A, 536TCS/TAS, Vung Tau, RVN.
January 1968 - March 1968, Student, C-141 Transition Training, Tinker AFB, OK.
April 1968 - March 1972, Flight Examiner Aircraft Commander and PNAF program manager,
C-141, 14MAS, Norton AFB, CA.
March 1972 - Mar 1973, TTU Instructor Pilot, C-141, 57MAS, Altus AFB, OK.
March 1973 - September 1973 Inactive Reserve status.
September 1973 - March 1979 Instructor Aircraft Commander and Training Officer, C-141,
732MAS (AFRES), McGuire AFB, NJ.
April 1979 - Mar 1993, Instructor Aircraft Commander and Flight Commander, C-141, 707MAS,
Charleston AFB, SC.
March 1993 - Present, Retired.

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 8000+ military, 22000+ total
Aircraft flown: C-5A, C-141A/B, C-7A, T-38, T-37, T-41.

Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
AF Commendation Medal
AF Achievement Medal

2nd Lt May 1965
1st Lt March 1967
Captain May 1969
Major May 1979
Lt Col May 1986

1990-2007 Federal Express Pilot.....B-727, MD-11 Capt.
1978-1989 Eastern Airlines Pilot.....B-727 S/O, F/O.....A-300 S/O, F/O.....DC-9 F/O
1977-1978 FAA Air Carrier Ops Inspector.....Pittsburgh ACDO, PA
1976-1977 FAA Flt Service Spec.....Williamsport, PA
1975-1976 NJ State Div of Aeronautical Insp.....Trenton, NJ
1973-1979 Air Force Reserve.....C-141 IP/AC.....McGuire AFB, NJ
1973-1974 Eastern Airlines Pilot.....B-727 S/O

Vision Statement

To have a trained, motivated and educated team that recognizes and rewards the volunteer spirit of its members the team also augments a much larger team performing missions for its community, state and nation

Mission Statements

Developing Leaders among our membership at all levels.
Fostering an understanding of the importance of aerospace in our members and our communities.
Performing Missions for America - SAR, DR, CD, HLS - wherever and whatever the need may be.