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Wing Commander

ARWG/CC Col Richard D. "Red" Smith


Colonel Richard D. “Red” Smith, serves as the Commander of the Arkansas Wing, Civil Air Patrol. He assumed this duty on the 28th of October of 2023, marking the latest milestone in a distinguished Civil Air Patrol career that has spanned decades.  Prior to this assignment he served as the Wing Vice Commander from September 12, 2022. 

His journey within CAP began as a cadet in the Tucson Arizona Composite Squadron in the early 1970s, instilling in him a lifelong commitment to the organization. In March 1991, he rejoined as a senior member, contributing to emergency services and operations at the Little Rock Composite Squadron. His dedicated service didn't go unnoticed, as he was recruited into the Wing in October 2001 to oversee the  Counterdrug program.

Col Smith has also been the Wing's Homeland Security Officer since December 2019 and has been a member of the Governor's Earthquake Advisory Committee since January 2020. He is a qualified cadet orientation pilot and has flown close to 100 cadets. In addition, he has been the project manager for the AFROTC/JROTC cadet orientation program flights since November 2019. Col Smith is a CAP Senior Pilot with a Master's rating in flight operations and a qualified Mission Pilot Check Pilot. He has logged over 1,000 hours in CAP aircraft, participating in a myriad of missions supporting all three of CAP’s congressionally mandated missions.

Col Smith studied public administration at the University of Arizona in the mid-1970s. He later attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he graduated from the UALR School of Law Enforcement Supervision. He received an associate degree in law enforcement and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Beyond his CAP service, Col Smith's dedication to public service is exemplified by his 33-year career as a police officer, retiring as a lieutenant from the Little Rock Police Department. He further enriched the lives of middle and high school students by teaching Bible study classes at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church for two decades.

Col Smith shares his life with his beloved wife, Pam, and takes immense pride in their two adult children and five grandchildren.

Vice Commander

ARWG/CV Lt Col Charles Rine


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Chief of Staff

ARWG/CS Major Justin Brand


Major 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. Maj 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.

Maj 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. 

Maj 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.

Maj 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.

Command NCO

SMSgt Patrick J Coon


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