Lt Col Paul Creed III, CAP

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Creed III, CAP is commander of Group 3 in the Ohio Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary. As commander, he is responsible for the training and leadership of over 220 cadets and senior members in 7 subordinate units. Lieutenant Colonel Creed assumed group command on May 9, 2016. 

Lieutenant Colonel Creed joined Civil Air Patrol in 2006 and served with the Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron from 2006 until 2016, holding several duty positions including a four-year term as squadron commander. Lieutenant Colonel Creed coached the squadron’s nationally-ranked CyberPatriot team for six years, working with the team in cyber defense training. 

Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Creed has a joint assignment as a staff member with the Cyber Defense Training Academy as 1 of only 9 instructor-qualified members of the National Cadet Cyber Team. 

Education
  • 2003 - Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology, Kent State University
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Science in Technology, Kent State University
  • 2006 - Master of Technology, Kent State University
  • 2011 - Region Staff College, Grissom Air Reserve Base
  • 2013 - National Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base
  • 2014 - National Emergency Services Academy, Mission Aircrew School, Camp Atterbury
Assignments
  • February 2007 - May 2012: Administrative Officer, Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron
  • March 2008 - June 2009: Assistant Testing Officer, Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron
  • March 2008 - June 2011: Information Technology Officer, Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron
  • June 2009 - May 2012: Testing Officer, Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron
  • October 2009 - February 2012: Public Affairs Officer, Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron
  • May 2012 - May 2016: Commander, Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron
  • May 2016 - present: Commander, Group 3, Ohio Wing
Joint Assignments
  • June 2009 - April 2013: Assistant Public Affairs Officer, National Cadet Competition
  • March 2009 - October 2012: Information Technology Officer, Group 3, Ohio Wing
  • April 2010 - August 2012: Deputy Director of Information Technology, Ohio Wing
  • January 2012 - August 2012: Director of Public Affairs, Ohio Wing
  • May 2013 - November 2015: Chief, Public Affairs, National Cadet Competition
  • July 2013: Training, Advising, and Counseling Officer, Ohio Wing Encampment, Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center
  • August 2013 - May 2016: Deputy Commander (interim commander, March 2014 - April 2014), Group 3, Ohio Wing
  • July 2014 - May 2016: Assistant Operations Officer, Akron-Canton Senior Flying Squadron
  • June 2015: Training, Advising, and Counseling Officer, Cyber Defense Training Academy, Joint-Base San Antonio - Lackland
  • June 2015: Orientation Flight Coordinator, Ohio Wing Encampment, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • June 2016: Cyberspace Advanced Course Director & Cyberspace Instructor Course cadre, Cyber Defense Training Academy, Joint-Base San Antonio - Lackland
  • July 2016: Orientation Flight Coordinator, Ohio Wing Encampment, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • October 2016 - present: Cyber Programs Officer, Ohio Wing
  • January 2017 - present: Cyber Programs Officer, Great Lakes Region
  • June 2017: Deputy Commander, Cyber Defense Training Academy - Maryland Campus
Flight Information
  • Ratings: Senior Mission Observer & Senior Aircrew
  • Endorsements: Airborne Photographer, Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation - Portable (GIIEP) Operator, Flight Release Officer
  • Flight Hours: 236
  • Airframe Platforms: Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Cessna 182 (G1000), Cessna 182 - Turbo (G1000), GippsAero GA8
Emergency Services Qualifications
  • Ground Team Member - Level 3
Awards and Decorations
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Commander's Commendation Award with 3 triangular devices and 1 silver device
  • Achievement Award with 3 devices
  • Unit Citation Award with 2 devices
  • Gill Robb Wilson Award
  • Paul E. Garber Award
  • Grover Loening Aerospace Award
  • Leadership Award with 2 silver devices
  • Membership Ribbon
  • Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award
  • Command Service Ribbon with 1 bronze device
  • Red Service Ribbon with 2 devices
  • Search "Find" Ribbon
  • Homeland Security Ribbon with 2 devices
  • National Cadet Special Activity Ribbon with 4 devices
  • Encampment Ribbon with 2 devices
  • 2013 Major Howell Balsem Exceptional Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Affairs in Photography
  • 2014 Major Howell Balsem Exceptional Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Affairs in Photography
  • 2014 Major Howell Balsem Exceptional Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Affairs in Social Media
  • 2014 Major Howell Balsem Award of Excellence in Public Affairs in Photography
  • 2015 Major Howell Balsem Award of Excellence in Public Affairs in Photography
  • 2015 Major Howell Balsem Award of Excellence in Public Affairs in Photography
  • 2015 Major Howell Balsem Certificate of Merit in Public Affairs in Photography
  • 2017 Major Howell Balsem Certificate of Merit in Public Affairs in Photography
  • Distinguished Graduate, Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation - Portable (GIIEP) Course, Mission Aircrew School, National Emergency Services Academy
Specialty Ratings
  • Administration - Master
  • Information Technology - Master
  • Cadet Programs - Technician
  • Command - Technician
  • Public Affairs - Technician
  • Inspector General
  • Operations
  • Professional Development
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Air Force Association: Steel Valley Chapter
  • CyberPatriot Rules Advisory Group
Effective Dates of Promotion
  • Second Lieutenant - April 12, 2007
  • First Lieutenant - April 14, 2008
  • Captain - October 16, 2009
  • Major - October 22, 2012
  • Lieutenant Colonel - October 27, 2016
Current as of October 31, 2017.