ARWG/CC Col Robert "Bobby" Allison
Colonel Robert M. "Bobby" Allison III serves as the Commander, Arkansas Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He is responsible for leading 9 squadrons and more than 450 volunteers in the execution of CAP's missions. Colonel Allison began his CAP career as a cadet in the Little Rock Composite Squadron in 1993. As a cadet, he was a qualified ground team member, served on the Cadet Advisory Council, and ultimately attained the Amelia Earhart Award.
Colonel Allison previously served as the Commander of the 42nd Composite Squadron. While under his command, the unit earned multiple Quality Cadet Unit Awards and the Squadron of Merit for 2017 and 2019. Prior to his command, Colonel Allison served as the Director of Emergency Services, Director of Cadet Programs, and Director of Aerospace Education among many other positions. He holds Master Ratings in both Cadet Programs and Emergency Services specialty tracks.
Colonel Allison is an Incident Commander, Mission Observer, and Ground Team Leader.
Professionally, Colonel Allison has worked for the Arkansas Department of Transportation for the past 17 years and is currently the ITS Operations Supervisor. In this position he is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the department's Intelligent Transportation Systems network and statewide two-way communications system.
Colonel Allison’s CAP awards include Meritorious Service Award, National Commander’s Commendation, Unit Citation with clasp, and the Gill Robb Wilson Award. He was Southwest Region Cadet Programs officer of the year (2006), and the Southwest Region Senior Member of the Year (2017). Colonel Allison was also the Arkansas Wing Squadron Commander of the year (2017), and Ground Team Member of the year (2002, 2004, 2005). Additionally, he is the recipient of the James C. Steven Support Officer of the year award (2014), and the Robert L. Penton Aircrew Excellence Award (2005).
Colonel Allison is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, with a degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology.
He and his wife Leslie reside near Cabot with their two children, Ryan and Cole.
ARWG/CV Lt Col Red Smith
Chief of Staff
ARWG/CS Capt Justin Brand
Capt Justin U. Brand serves as Chief of Staff for the Arkansas Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He is responsible for overseeing and assisting the various department directors within the wing staff. Capt Brand joined CAP in January 2015 as a senior member with the 42nd Composite Squadron in Little Rock, AR. During his tenure with the 42nd, he served variously as Personnel Officer, Administrative Officer, Professional Development Officer and, finally, as Deputy Commander for Seniors.
Capt Brand was appointed to the Arkansas Wing staff as Personnel Officer in October 2019, and became Chief of Staff in June 2022. He holds Master ratings in Personnel, Administration, and Professional Development, and has served as a Mission Observer, Mission Scanner, Airborne Photographer, Ground Team Member, and Urban Direction Finding Team Member.
Capt Brand’s awards include the Commander’s Commendation and the Achievement Award, and he has also been selected as the Maj Marion Douglas Wood Staff Member of the Year (2021) and Professional Development Officer of the Year (2017) for the Arkansas Wing, and Senior Member of the Year (2017) for the 42nd Composite Squadron.
Capt Brand is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University, completing a Bachelor of Arts with emphasis areas in history, geography, and anthropology. He resides near Perryville, AR, on a farm that has been in his family for three generations.
SMSgt Patrick J Coon