Vice Commander - West



Col Bruce B. Heinlein is the Vice Commander - West of Civil Air Patrol's Middle East Region.  Col Heinlein was the commander of the National Capital Wing from March 2013 to March 2017.  Colonel Heinlein previously served as the wing’s director of emergency services where he was active in both planning and flying Hurricane Sandy relief missions in 2012. He also served in National Capital Wing from 2007-2010 where he commanded its Mount Vernon Composite Squadron. Col Heinlein previously served on CAP's North Central Region staff as assistant emergency services officer and Nebraska Wing’s Omaha Composite Squadron as deputy commander for seniors. Heinlein joined CAP in 2004 with the Bexar County Senior Squadron in San Antonio.  Col Heinlein was the Nebraska Wing’s Senior Member of the Year in 2011. Col Heinlein’s disaster relief efforts include Hurricanes Matthew, Sandy, Rita, and Katrina, the 2011 Missouri River flooding, and the 2005-2006 Texas-Oklahoma wildfires. 

Col Heinlein is a native of Southern California and 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, Col Heinlein is a Challenger 604/5 pilot with Flight Safety 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.