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Wing Commander


ARWG/CC Col Robert "Bobby" Allison

Biography

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.

Vice Commander


ARWG/CV Lt Col Larry Webster

Biography

Lt Col Lawrence Webster is serving as the Vice Commander, Arkansas Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He will be assisting the Wing Commander to work with the ten squadrons and 450 individuals in the state in the execution of CAP missions and other duties as assigned. Lt Col Webster started his career in July of 1979 starting as a member of the Tennessee Wing. Shortly after he joined the Tennessee Wing, he became the Squadron Commander of the 99th Composite Squadron in West Memphis Arkansas. He served as the Commander for three years until the Air Force reassigned him. 

Lt Col Webster retired from the United States Air Force in November 1991 as a Master Sergeant (E-7). His assignments include Blytheville AFB Arkansas, Vance AFB Oklahoma, Udorn Thani, Thailand, Little Rock AFB Arkansas, Military Entrance Processing Station, Memphis Tennessee, AFROTC Boulder Colorado and Chanute AFB Illinois. He also went temporary duty to Anderson AFB Guam for 90 days.  

During his time in the military, he became a Squadron Commander in the Colorado Wing and the Illinois Wing while assigned to bases in those states. He is currently serving as the 99th Composite Squadron Commander which he assumed in July 2002. After retiring from the military, he went to work for Schneider trucking starting as a Maintenance Shop Coordinator then moved to the Driver Services area when he helped with permits, managed the use of the company car, worked the company store and assisted the shop with inventories. He retired after 25 years.

Lt Col Webster’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Award, National Defense Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Longevity Ribbon w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters, NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Ribbon, and the Air Force Training Ribbon. His CAP award includes Commander’s Commendation Award (7 times), Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Achievement Award, Meritorious Services Award (2 times), Find Ribbon and the Red Service Ribbon with 40 Year clasp. In 2018 he was selected as the Arkansas Wing Senior Member of the Year and the Southwest Region Senior Member of the Year. He has completed all levels of the professional development program and awarded the Gill Rob Wilson Award. 

Lt Col Webster has five children, nine grandkids and two great-grandkids. He resides in Marion, Arkansas with his wife Carol. 

Chief of Staff


ARWG/CS Capt Justin Brand

Biography

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.

Command NCO


MSgt Gary "Ski" Podgurski

Biography

A member of the Civil Air Patrol since February 2016, MSgt Gary Podgurski is one of two Noncommissioned Officers in the Fort Smith Composite Squadron.  Members in the unit refer to him by his callsign, “SGT SKI”. 

MSgt Podgurski joined the U.S. Air Force on Sept 24, 1985 and was a member of Honor Flight 172, 3701 BMTS.  His assignments in the Air Force included the 62nd SVS, McChord AFB, 21st SVS, Elemendorf AFB, 776th RADS, Bangor ANGB, and the 437th SVS at Charleston AFB.  While assigned to Charleston AFB, MSgt Podgurski deployed to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base during 1992 to assist with the Haitian Refugee Crises.  MSgt Podgurski left the Air Force in Aug 1993.

MSgt Podgurski elected to join the Virginia National Guard in April 2007.  After completing the Warrior Transition Course in New Mexico, MSgt Podgurski transferred his membership to the Maryland Army National Guard and served as a recruiter for three years, after which time he deployed to Imam Ali Air Base (Tallil), Iraq for Operation New Dawn in 2011.  Upon returning, MSgt Podgurski transferred to Arkansas and returned to recruiting until his medical retirement in 2015.

As a Fort Smith Composite Squadron “Ridge Runner,” he has mentored numerous cadets in his position as Squadron NCO (First Sergeant).  He is the Squadron Cadet Activities NCO, Assistant Safety NCO, Squadron RRNCO and Squadron Professional Development NCO.  MSgt is a trainer of Phoenix Flight, the National Cadet Competition.  Within the Arkansas Wing, MSgt is the NCO adviser to the Commander.  MSgt Podgurski is committed to providing Professional Non-Commissioned Officer leadership to the Arkansas Wing, the Fort Smith Composite Squadron, and most importantly, the cadets, whom he hopes will pass these leadership lessons down to future generations.

MSgt Podgurski is a recipient of the ARCOM, AAM, Iraq Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, GWOT Expedition Medal, GWOT Service Medal.  In Civil Air Patrol, MSgt Podgurski has earned a MSM, Commander’s Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Find Ribbon, and Disaster Relief Ribbon.  MSgt Podgurski is the 2019 South West Region Cadet Programs Officer (NCO) of the year and is a member of the 2018 Arkansas Family of the Year.

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