Colonel Richard J. Greenwood
is the Vice Commander, Southeast Region, Civil Air Patrol. As such, he serves as a member of the Region Command Staff assisting the Region Commander with the execution of the Region missions. His main duties include advising the commander, and exercising oversight of the Florida, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee Wings. Additionally, Colonel Greenwood is the Chair of the National Uniform Committee.
Prior to his selection as Vice Commander, Colonel Greenwood served as the Commander, Georgia Wing, from April 2013 to April 2017, exercising command authority over the nearly 2000 volunteer professionals, and serving as a member of the Civil Air Patrol Command Council, advising the National Commander on operational matters affecting the members under his command.
Colonel Greenwood has served in a variety of positions within the Georgia Wing ranging from Squadron and Group Commander to Inspector General and Vice Commander. He has also served on the Southeast Region Staff as the Search and Rescue Officer, Assistant Director of Communications, and Assistant Inspector General. Colonel Greenwood served as the Southeast Region Inspector General for three years.
Colonel Greenwood has held continuous membership in Civil Air Patrol since joining as a cadet over 30 years ago. While attending Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University, he served in numerous positions at the Squadron and Group level in the Florida Wing, and after graduation he served as a Squadron Commander in the New Mexico Wing.
Colonel Greenwood holds master ratings in 13 CAP specialties including Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, Operations, Inspector General, Standards and Evaluations, Flight Operations, and Command. He is a qualified Level 1 Incident Commander, and served for many years as a CAP Instructor and Check Pilot. Colonel Greenwood is a graduate of multiple CAP Schools and courses including National Staff College, the Region and Wing Commander’s Course, and is a distinguished graduate of the USAF Squadron Officer’s School. His CAP Awards and Decorations include the Silver Medal of Valor, the Distinguished Service Award, multiple Exceptional Service Awards, multiple Meritorious Service Awards, the National Commander’s Commendation, the Region Commander’s Commendation, multiple Commanders’ Commendations, the Achievement Award, the National Commander’s Unit Citation, numerous Unit Citations, the Gill Rob Wilson Award, and numerous others.
Colonel Greenwood has been awarded CAP Command pilot Wings, Master Incident Commander Badge, Master Ground Team Badge, the National Staff Badge, and the Command Council Badge. Colonel Greenwood is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Aviation Safety. After spending over 15 years as a line Captain and Chief Pilot, he is a professional pilot instructor and Program Manager for a major training provider providing ground and simulator instruction to fellow professional pilots.
Colonel Greenwood has been married for 14 years and has three daughters and one son.