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Wing Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Cassell

As Nebraska’s Interim Wing Commander, Lt Col Cassell serves as the chief executive officer for more than 400 members across 15 Units within the Nebraska Wing. Lt Col Cassell previously served as the Squadron Vice Commander for the Fremont Cadet Squadron. 

Lt Col Cassell received the Level V Gill Robb Wilson award in October of 2018, and holds a "Master" rating in Aerospace, and Administration. 

Lt Col Cassell graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Wayne State University in 1978 and University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1986. He served as a professional educator in Nebraska for more than 30 years teaching art and special education. He currently serves as treasurer for the Everett Township Board, Dodge County Nebraska. 

Lt Col Cassell joined Civil Air Patrol in February of 1998.

Civil Air Patrol Previous Assignments;

  • Nebraska Wing Vice Commander 2019 
  • North Central Region Staff College Staff 2017 
  • Southwest Region Staff College Staff 2012-2019 
  • Vice Commander Fremont Cadet Squadron 2017 
  • Aerospace and Administration Officer Fremont Cadet Squadron 1998 

Civil Air Patrol Awards and Decorations;

  • Meritorious Service Award (2003)
  • Regional Commanders Commendation Award (2019)
  • Yeager Award (2000)
  • Scott Crossfield Award (2000)
  • Nebraska Aerospace Education Officer of the year for 2013 & 2014
  • North Central Aerospace Education Officer of the Year 2014 
Lt Col Cassell and his wife Peggy have four children, Franceska, Kristina, Andrew and Jacob. His youngest son resides in the Dodge, Nebraska area, and his other three children live in Lincoln, Nebraska. 
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