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Col. Matthew R. Creed is the Commander, Great Lakes Region Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary. In this role, he is responsible for the command and administration of more than 6,600 volunteers, 66 powered aircraft, 110 vehicles, and 6 gliders across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Colonel Creed began his CAP career as a cadet with the Louisville Composite Squadron from 1986 to 1989. He returned to CAP in 2004 with the Kentucky Wing’s Bowman Field Senior Squadron. After transferring to Indiana Wing in 2006, Col. Creed served as a squadron and group commander, and he served as the Indiana Wing commander from 2013 to 2016. He has also served on staff at national, region, and wing level cadet encampments and special activities and has served in operational roles during several natural disaster response missions, including CAP’s responses to Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Immediately prior to his appointment as region commander, Col Creed served as the Deputy Chief of Staff – Professional Development for the Great Lakes Region.

Col. Creed is a rated CAP Command Pilot, currently qualified as a Mission Pilot, Mission Check Pilot Examiner, and Cadet Orientation Pilot. He is also qualified as a Ground Team Member and Incident Commander. He holds FAA ratings as an Airline Transport Pilot, Ground Instructor, and Small Unmanned Aerial System operator. In his professional life, Col. Creed is a pilot for a major US airline and a licensed paramedic.

August 2004, Squadron Leadership School
March 2005, Unit Commander’s Course
March 2005, CAP Senior Officer Course (by correspondence)
May 2005, Corporate Learning Course
June 2006, Middle East Region Staff College, Westminster, MD
September 2008, AFRCC SAR Management Course
December 2010, Training Leaders of Cadets Course
October 2013, Region and Wing Commander’s Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
May 2014, CAP National Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

1. May 1986 – May 1989, Cadet, Louisville Composite Squadron, Kentucky Wing
2. February 2004 – August 2004, Unassigned, Bowman Field Senior Squadron, Kentucky Wing
3. August 2004 – February 2006, Transport Pilot, Emergency Services Officer, and Operations Officer, Bowman Field Senior Squadron, Kentucky Wing
4. February 2006 – December 2006, Commander, Falcon Composite Squadron, Indiana Wing
5. March 2006 – December 2006 and August 2007 – March 2008, Deputy Commander, Southern Indiana Group
6. September 2006 – March 2008 and July 2008 – May 2009, Director of Operations, Indiana Wing
7. December 2006 – August 2007, Commander, Indiana Air Operations Group
8. March 2008 – February 2010, Chief of Staff, Indiana Wing
9. July 2008 – October 2011, Director of Professional Development, Indiana Wing (Additional Duty)
10. February 2010 – May 2013, Vice Commander, Indiana Wing
11. July 2012 – December 2012, Commander, Indiana Wing Group V (Additional Duty)
12. May 2013 – October 2016, Commander, Indiana Wing
13. March 2016 – Present, Aviation Advisor, CAP National Headquarters
14. January 2017 – January 2018, Deputy Chief of Staff – Professional Development, Great Lakes Region
15. January 2018 – Present, Commander, Great Lakes Region

1. July 2005 – Executive Officer, AETC-FC, Columbus AFB, MS
2. July 2005 – Medical Staff, Great Lakes Region Southern Encampment
3. June 2006 – Medical Officer, Great Lakes Region Southern Encampment
4. July 2006 – Executive Officer, AETC-FC, Columbus AFB, MS, Classes 06-01 and 06-02
5. June 2007 – Medical Officer, Great Lakes Region Southern Encampment
6. July 2008 – Flight Commander/Medical Officer, SUPT-FC, Columbus AFB, MS, Class 08-01
7. August 2008 – Present, Instructor Pilot, NESA Mission Aircrew School
8. April 2015 – December 2015, Member, CAPR 60-1 Rapid Improvement Team
9. October 2015 – November 2017, Member, National Awards and Promotions Team

Ratings: Command Pilot, Senior Observer
Flight hours: More than 5,400 pilot hours
CAP Aircraft qualifications: C172, C182, C206, GA-8, PA28, PA28R
Other Aircraft flown - A320, CL65, CE-550, PC-12, T-33

Distinguished Service Award
Exceptional Service Award with two bronze clasps
Meritorious Service Award with bronze clasp
Commander’s Commendation with silver star and three clasps
Gill Robb Wilson Award
Gen. Chuck Yeager Aerospace Award
Wright Brothers Award
Disaster Relief Ribbon with “V” device (sixth award)
Falcon Composite Squadron SPAD Award, 2006
Falcon Composite Squadron Officer of the Year, 2006
Southern Indiana Group Officer of the Year, 2007
Indiana Wing Staff Member of the Year, 2007
Falcon Composite Squadron Col Edward Mueller Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, 2014
Indianapolis Colts “Anthem Angel” Community Service Award, 2015
Sagamore of the Wabash, 2016

Captain, September 2004
Major, January 2007
Lieutenant Colonel, September 2010
Colonel, May 2013

(Current as of November 2019)

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