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Chief of Staff - Support


Col. Jay Burrell is the Great Lakes Region Chief of Staff for Support, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary.  He is responsible for overseeing the following Mission Support Areas: Information Technology, Professional Development, Public Affairs, Administration and Personnel, Historian, Chaplain, Finance, Logistics and Transportation.

Col. Burrell has been a member of CAP since 1990.  He has held various positions of Command responsibility including Squadron Commander, Group Commander, Wing Commander as well as key staff positions as Wing Chief of Staff, Wing Vice Commander, Wing Inspector General, Region Inspector General, NHQ Assistant Professional Development Officer – Specialty Tracks and most recently Region Chief of Staff – Support.

Col. Burrell spent 4 years on active duty with the United States Air Force and was awarded the USAF Commendation Medal for his work as NCOIC of one of the largest postal finance centers in Germany and for providing support for various Reforger Exercises including Operation Coronet Flush.  His Air Force and CAP careers are augmented by his successful business career where he is currently Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for TRI Industries, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  He is also an adjunct professor at Concordia University Wisconsin’s Kenosha Campus teaching undergraduate and graduate level business courses.

Col. Burrell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Economics from Northeastern Illinois University, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Management from Loyola University of Chicago, and an Advanced Executive Certificate in Operations, Technology and Value Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) Sloan School of Management.  He has also completed the USAF Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and the USAF Basic Inspector General Course and the Air Force Rescue and Coordination Centers Search and Rescue Management Course.

Col. Burrell is a martial arts instructor and holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and various belts and training in Judo, Shaolin White Tiger Kung Fu and Aikido.  He also enjoys auto racing, bowling and is an avid reader.

Col. Burrell is married to Dr. Barbara Burrell, MD and has 2 adult children, Christopher who was a former CAP Mitchell Cadet and now works in Japan and Jonathan who teaches high school mathematics.

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