Civil Air Patrol

Commander’s Corner


Illinois Wing Commander
Colonel Jerry Scherer


From the Desk of the Commander: 23 March 2016

It is an honor to serve the members of the Illinois Wing. This is an exciting time for us to be in CAP. The announcement of CAP being recognized as part of the USAF Total Force has opened doors for us and new missions. The use of advanced technologies like GEIIP, Airborne Repeaters and Photo Reconnaissance has leveraged our use with partner agencies. Even legacy technologies such as HF (High Frequency) radio operations are of great need during disaster operations. Who has this capability and knowledge? You guessed and our partners need it.

Our missions are even opening up to more members through the use of simulations and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). I am really excited about the use of integrating flight simulation within our training scenarios. Through the use of simulated aircraft in our exercises, we can multiply our training effort with minimal cost involved. The key is that we still fly our aircraft, but use simulations to add additional aircraft to the mission operations. The use of UAVs will allow more members that are not active in flight crews to participate in flight activities. We have been chosen to beta test UAV operations, training will begin in the near future.

With all of this activity and visibility, we need to do things right; not most of the time, but all of the time. Therefore, I am asking that we all pay attention to the details. Sound familiar, excellence in all we do? We are one CAP, not islands of excellence.  We are a unified organization that answers the call when needed.  Please, let’s work together and show others why they should want to be a part of this great group of professionals. We have a 75 year anniversary this year, let us all demonstrate the pride in our achievements and the impact we will make on the future.

About the Commander

Col. Jerry G. Scherer has been a member of Civil Air Patrol for over 15 years having served at the unit, group, and wing levels.  Col. Scherer is currently the Wing Commander for the state of Illinois.  As the Illinois Wing commander, Col Scherer is responsible for ensuring that CAP objectives, policies, and operational directives are executed within the wing.

Prior to this assignment, Col Scherer was the Group-22 Commander responsible for the Northern Illinois area. He has served in several command positions including Incident Commander, Communication School Command, and Unit Command. Originally joining as a member of the Rockford Composite Squadron, Col. Scherer assumed roles on wing staff including Emergency Services Training Officer, Director of Personnel and Director of Information Technology. Col. Scherer is currently qualified in multiple aircrew, ground team, and mission base staff positions.

When not performing his duties as the Illinois Wing Commander, Col. Scherer works for FANUC America Corporation as a Senior Designer with over 30 years of experience in Computerized Numeric Control. He has been a contributing author of 2 books on manufacturing. Col. Scherer also currently holds 5 patents, both domestic and international, on advanced control systems.



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