Chief of Staff
LT COL JASON R. SECREST, CAP
Lt Col Jason R. Secrest is the Chief of staff of Civil Air Patrol’s Middle East region. He is responsible for coordinating all staff functions of the Region to support the efforts of over 7,000 members in seven wings of the region (Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia).
Lt Col Secrest previously served as the National Capital Wing Chief of Staff from 2013-2017. Lt Col Secrest joined the Pennsylvania Wing CAP as a cadet 1993 serving in the York Composite Squadron 301 as the Cadet Commander. In 1999, he transitioned to Senior Member status serving as the Director of Cadet Programs later as Director of Operations for Central Pennsylvania Group 2.
Lt Col Secrest is a rated Mission Observer and is currently a Level 1 Incident Commander. He has participated in numerous disaster relief, crash site security, disaster relief, and homeland security missions including the 1996 & 2004 Pennsylvania floods, Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery, and 9/11. Lt Col Secrest also holds the distinction being awarded an AFRCC “save” for leading the ground team that successfully located a missing person in 1999.
Lt Col Secrest is a native of York, PA and holds two Bachelors and one Master’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University. His professional education includes the Air War College, Army War College Basic Strategic Arts Program, Army Command & General Staff College, and the Armor Captain’s Career Course.
In addition to Civil Air Patrol service, Lt Col Secrest is simultaneously a Strategic Plans Officer at the National Guard Bureau and the Operations Officer for the 1-69 Infantry, New York Army National Guard. In his civilian life, Lt Col Secrest is licensed Real Estate Agent. He is a member of the Association of the United States Army, Military Officers Association of America, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
(Current as of October 2018)