Vice Commander - East

Col Weiss


Col. Gerard (Jerry) W. Weiss was assigned vice commander of the Middle East Region of Civil Air Patrol on October 24, 2014. He has direct responsibility for three of the seven wings in the region - Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia - and also has the A3-Operations directorate as a direct report. He is concurrently assigned as a liaison to the FEMA National Resource Coordination Center in Washington, DC. He ensures that the wings within his area remain compliant and mission ready to perform the three primary missions of emergency service, cadet programs and aerospace education.


Colonel Weiss was born in Ridgewood, NY. He attended DeSales University, graduating with honors. He holds a Bachelors Degree in History with a Teaching Certificate. He completed his MS from the School of Engineering at the Boise State University with a degree in Instructional and Performance Technology.

He has held command positions at the squadron, group and wing level and numerous other staff assignments. He is a rated ground team leader, senior mission observer, and incident commander with thousands of mission sorties. He served on National Cadet Special Activity staffs. He holds master ratings in Operations, Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, and Plans and Programs.


He is a retired US Army Officer with assignments that include Mechanized Infantry Battalion commander, Infantry Battalion executive officer, Infantry Battalion S3 operations officer and Air Operations Officer and Infantry Company commander. After retirement he worked in the private sector as a chief operating officer for a not-for-profit organization. He returned to the Department of the Army as a civilian in May 2005 and retired as the Chief of Operations at the Army Research Laboratory in January 2015.

He is married to Maryanne Janus Weiss; they have four adult children, three granddaughters and reside in York, Pennsylvania.



2000 Squadron Leadership School, Maryland Wing, Aberdeen, Md.

2002 Corporate Learning Course, Maryland Wing, Camp Fretterd. Md.

2004 Unit Commanders Course, Maryland Wing, Maryland Wing HQ, Glen Burnie, Md

Received Credit for Military Education for Region and National Staff College

2008 Wing/Region Commanders Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala

2009 Basic Inland SAR Management Course (AFRCC), MEMA HQ, Reisterstown, Md.



1. 1999-2000, Deputy Commander of Cadets and Seniors, Harford Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing

2. 2001-2004, Commander, Harford Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing

3. 2004-2006, Commander, Group II, Maryland Wing

4. 2006-2010, Commander, Maryland Wing

5. 2010-2011, Advisor to the Commander, Maryland Wing

6. 2011-2012, A5, Plans Directorate, Maryland Wing

7. 2012-2014, A3/5 Operations & Plans Directorate, Maryland Wing

8. 2012-present, Liaison Officer, FEMA National Resource Coordination Center

9. October 2014-present, Vice Commander, Middle East Region-East/Operations




Meritorious Service Medal w/oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal w/ two oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal w/ oak leaf cluster
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Medal – 2nd Award
Armed Service Ribbon
PA Commendation Medal
PA Service Ribbon – 2nd Award
MD Distinguished Service Cross



Distinguished Service Award                                                

Exceptional Service Award                           

Meritorious Service Award with one clasp                            

Commander’s Commendation with three clasps                               

CAP Achievement Award                                                                 

Unit Citation

Command Service Ribbon with Silver Star                                                   

Red Service Ribbon with 2 Bronze Clasps                                                                

Rescue Find with one clasp                                                   

Disaster Relief with V-device

Encampment Ribbon

Senior Recruiter Ribbon with Bronze Clasp

2011 Middle East Col E. Lewis Jr. Incident Command Member of the Year

2015 Maryland Wing Officer of the Year



2015 Department of the Army Civilian Exceptional Service Award

2010 Department of the Army Civilian Commander’s Service Award

2008 Six-Sigma Greenbelt Award, US Army



Lieutenant Colonel - March 8, 2000 (Recognition of Military Service)

Colonel - April 29, 2006