Illinois Wing Member Daniel Roman Passes at 35
MONEE, IL, September 27, 2022 — Lt. Colonel Daniel P. Roman, Civil Air Patrol’s Great Lakes Region Director of Plans and Programs, died September 10 at his home in Warrenville, Illinois after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 35.
Friends and colleagues of Roman took to social media to memorialize and share stories of him. In a Facebook post, colleague Tom Cardwell of Civil Air Patrol said:
“Through the six years that he fought the fight, he displayed an amazing amount of courage and class. I saw this level of courage and class as he was a cadet mentoring the younger cadets and later as a Lt Col working with the adult program developing new training programs. He was always setting the example for them in dress, deportment and leadership.”
Roman joined Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force’s auxiliary, as a cadet in 2000 and earned the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, the highest honor awarded by Civil Air Patrol to a cadet who demonstrates excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education, in 2007. In 2008 he became an officer and specialized in Cadet Programs for the Great Lakes Region. He also served in several positions at Civil Air Patrol’s national level, including National Partnership Program Lead, and in the Great Lakes and North Central Regions.
Great Lakes Region commander Colonel Rose Hunt said this about Roman, “Lt. Colonel Dan Roman was an inspiration to everyone he met. His positive approach to the adversities he faced displayed amazing grace. Godspeed, Dan! You are missed.”
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