Illinois Wing Chaplain Staff Biographies
Ch. Lt. Col. Marcia Strahl
Chaplain Strahl has been a CAP chaplain for 21 years and has served squadrons in Michigan and Illinois wings. She has also served as the Great Lakes Region Critical Incident Stress Management Officer from March 2010 until February 2013 when she was appointed Illinois Wing Chaplain. She is a qualified Mission Chaplain since 2002 and is a SET for that position. She is also a retired ELCA pastor and member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Elk Grove Village where she coordinates the Military Family Support Ministry which include supporting the Packages 4 Patriots program at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, the LCMS congregation in Elk Grove Village who’s pastor is the chaplain of IL-075 (guess how that happened!). In addition she coordinates congregational volunteers to serve as Protestant Eucharistic Ministers at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, ABMC, where she worked as a part time chaplain until October, 2015 when she left to be her mother’s full time caregiver.
Ch. Col. James H. Erickson
Deputy Wing Chaplain for Mentoring and Training
Ch. Erickson has been a member of Civil air Patrol since 1971 as a flight surgeon/medical officer, and since 1994, as a chaplain, as well. He holds master ratings in both areas. He has served squadrons and groups in Arizona, Tennessee, Hawaii and Illinois. For six years he was the Chief of Health Services at CAP National Headquarters, during which time he also served on the staff of the Chief of Chaplains. He has served as faculty for several professional development courses and regional Chaplain Corps Staff Colleges. Ch. Erickson served on active and reserve duty in the U. S. Navy and U.S. Public Health Service, retiring in 1993 after over 37 years of combined service. Ch. Erickson supports wing staff meeting for the wing chaplain and is acting Group 4 Chaplain since there are four new CDIs and no chaplains in that group.
In addition the position of Deputy Wing Chaplain for QPR and Recruiting was served for 20 months by Ch. Maj. Jill Paulson and for the last 14 months by Ch. Maj. Bret Lortie. This position has been eliminated for the present as we are doing well filling unit CDI/Chaplain positions. Both Ch. Paulson and Ch. Lortie will continue to serve as QPR resource personnel which is a national suicide awareness program and stands for Question, Persuade, Refer.