COLONEL BRUCE B. HEINLEIN, CAP
Colonel Bruce B. Heinlein assumed command of the Middle East Region of Civil Air Patrol on October 6, 2018. He is responsible for leading the region’s nearly 8,000 members in the region’s seven wings (Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, National Capital, and West Virginia). He serves on the CAP Senior Advisory Group (CSAG), providing advice to the national commander on strategic issues. Colonel Heinlein ensures that the wings within his region remain mission ready and able to perform Civil Air Patrol’s three primary missions of Emergency Service, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education. Previously, Colonel Heinlein served as the Middle East Region Vice Commander—West and earlier commanded the National Capital Wing from March 2013 to March 2017. Colonel Heinlein commanded the Mount Vernon Composite Squadron, served on the North Central Region staff, and in various positions in Nebraska Wing’s Omaha Composite Squadron. Heinlein joined CAP in 2004 with the Bexar County Senior Squadron in San Antonio. Colonel Heinlein was the Nebraska Wing’s Senior Member of the Year in 2011. His disaster relief efforts include Hurricanes Florence, Matthew, Sandy, Rita, and Katrina, the 2011 Missouri River flooding, and the 2005-2006 Texas-Oklahoma wildfires.
Colonel Heinlein is a native of Southern California and holds Bachelorette degrees from the University of Southern California, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and a Master’s degree in strategic studies from Air University. His professional education includes the Federal Executive Institute, Air War College, Squadron Officer School, Armed Forces Staff College, and Air Command and Staff College.
In addition to Civil Air Patrol service, Colonel Heinlein is a Challenger 604/5 instructor and pilot with FlightSafety International in New Castle, Delaware. He is a retired Air Force Colonel and Department of Defense Federal Executive. In the Air Force, Colonel Heinlein commanded at the Flight, Squadron, and Group level. He retired from the US Air Force in the Rank of Colonel in 2006.
(Current as of October 2018)