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MSG Mac
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« on: August 09, 2017, 07:26:48 PM »

http://www.cap.news/great-lakes-regions-phelka-named-next-natl-vice-commander/

Col Ed Phelka was appointed the new CAP Vice Commander, effective 2 Sep 2017.
Congratulations Colonel (soon to be BG) Phelka
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Michael P. McEleney
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 08:21:50 PM »

GLR's loss will be to the significant gain of the organization as a whole, just as with Col Smith,
his resume reads like a template for a CAP national staffer in regards to experience and
past duties.

My money is on his getting a second star after Col Smith.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2017, 09:09:29 PM »

Both Smith and Phelka seem to have great bios. I don't know either of them well, and don't really know about their work. But they seem like really sharp guys, both of them. A great move for all of us!
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2017, 05:41:59 AM »

I've known Col Phelka personally for going on 20 years now, and consider him not only a mentor but a close and personal friend. 

Ten years ago, shortly after he made wing commander out in Colorado, an envelope showed up in my mailbox containing his Lt Col epaulets and a personal note.  A month ago, I gave them back to him so he could "Pin" them on for me.

I may be biased, but there are few leaders in CAP that I trust, respect, and admire the way I do Col Phelka.
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2017, 02:38:29 PM »

I've known Col Phelka personally for going on 20 years now, and consider him not only a mentor but a close and personal friend. 

Ten years ago, shortly after he made wing commander out in Colorado, an envelope showed up in my mailbox containing his Lt Col epaulets and a personal note.  A month ago, I gave them back to him so he could "Pin" them on for me.

I may be biased, but there are few leaders in CAP that I trust, respect, and admire the way I do Col Phelka.

He was the one that approved my Lt Col (he personally called me to congratulate me)  and handed them to my daughter's to pin on me.  My most cherished coin is the one he presented me.

Full bias here as well, but he will be a great leader for our national organization.
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 03:59:14 PM »

GLR's loss will be to the significant gain of the organization as a whole, just as with Col Smith,
his resume reads like a template for a CAP national staffer in regards to experience and
past duties.

My money is on his getting a second star after Col Smith.

+1

If you ever get him cornered, ask him to tell the Blue Angels takeoff story.
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Slim
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2017, 05:49:42 AM »

GLR's loss will be to the significant gain of the organization as a whole, just as with Col Smith,
his resume reads like a template for a CAP national staffer in regards to experience and
past duties.

My money is on his getting a second star after Col Smith.

+1

If you ever get him cornered, ask him to tell the Blue Angels takeoff story.

The famous Cessna high performance takeoff!

He loves telling that story.  I was the one who told him, I was flying right seat in the CAP Cessna behind the blue jet.
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Slim
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2017, 10:01:17 AM »

GLR's loss will be to the significant gain of the organization as a whole, just as with Col Smith,
his resume reads like a template for a CAP national staffer in regards to experience and
past duties.

My money is on his getting a second star after Col Smith.

+1

If you ever get him cornered, ask him to tell the Blue Angels takeoff story.

The famous Cessna high performance takeoff!

He loves telling that story.  I was the one who told him, I was flying right seat in the CAP Cessna behind the blue jet.

You are legendary.
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2017, 11:35:06 AM »

Sarkid....

I may never meet Col Phelka personally. Can you share the story?
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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2017, 11:58:49 AM »

Sarkid....

I may never meet Col Phelka personally. Can you share the story?

Text cannot do it near enough justice. Slim, you are hereby tasked to get him to tell it at his pinning on and record it for posterity.
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2017, 12:46:38 PM »

Man, I remember attending my first COWG wing conference as a young C/SSgt and just being awe-inspired by our then WG/CC Col Phelka. I have great hopes for the future of our organization with him behind the reins(Or, behind the person behind the reins, rather).

I was quite sad when he went off to Michigan(I think it was), but I'm glad to hear that he's doing positive things.
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2017, 12:52:58 PM »

Sarkid....

I may never meet Col Phelka personally. Can you share the story?

Chances are very good you will get the opportunity.
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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2017, 10:31:53 PM »

Well... since I'll be going to SA, I may have to find him and corner him to get the story out....lol
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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2017, 07:07:17 PM »

Hit him up about Col. Burke and heavy jet time. Or even better, ask Col. Burke.

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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2017, 11:14:11 PM »

That's best to ask when they are together. 

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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2017, 01:57:54 AM »

That's best to ask when they are together. 

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You have a point there.

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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2017, 05:02:58 AM »

I met Col Phelka at a Squadron meeting I dropped in on during a brief trip to MI.  He made an immediate and very positive impression on me.   They made a good choice. 

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« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2017, 09:37:25 AM »

Outstanding choice for Civil Air Patrol.


Congratulations, Col. Phelka!
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Michael F. Kieloch, Maj, CAP
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MSG Mac
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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2017, 11:51:42 AM »

Should be BG (select) Phelka
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Michael P. McEleney
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2017, 06:47:23 PM »

Should be BG (select) Phelka
... if CAP had such a program. And it would be Brig Gen (Sel).


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