Get To Know Our Squadron Command Staff
Squadron Commander, Captain Peter M. Strubhar
Captain Strubhar joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2012 and assumed command of the Lynchburg Composite Squadron in December of 2015. He has three deputy commanders under whom the squadron is organized to support CAP’s Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs. He reports to the Virginia Wing Group One Commander, Lt Col Ken Carlson. Captain Strubhar specializes in Emergency Services, but he has a passion for all aspects of CAP, as demonstrated through his work that led up to him being awarded the F. Ward Rielly Leadership Award in 2017 for the squadron being recognized as the 2017 Squadron of Distinction – Top out of more than 1,250 squadrons in the nation! In addition to this position, Captain Strubhar fills a group-level role, Virginia Wing Group One Deputy Commander, and other squadron-level roles including Lynchburg Composite Squadron Assistant Communications Officer and Assistant Emergency Services Officer.
Deputy Commander for Senior Members, Captain Horace L. Campbell
Lieutenant Campbell joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2013 and assumed his current position in January of 2018. Prior to assuming this position, he served as the squadron’s Deputy Commander for two years. Among many responsibilities he holds, he is responsible for supervising training and maintaining a standard of operational readiness for senior members holding the many squadron-level offices of management, training, and response. He reports to the Squadron Commander, Captain Strubhar. Lieutenant Campbell specializes in Logistics and Emergency Services and dedicates everything to keeping this squadron top-notch by investing greatly in every one of its members. In addition to this position, Lieutenant Campbell fills two wing-level roles, Virginia Wing Transportation Officer and Assistant Logistics Officer, two group-level roles, Virginia Wing Group One Logistics Officer and Operations Officer, and other squadron-level roles including Lynchburg Composite Squadron Logistics Officer, Transportation Officer, and Operations Officer.
Deputy Commander for Cadet Members, Captain Velvet J. Sharp
Captain Sharp joined Civil Air Patrol in 2015 to “help drive the van!” Although driving a van full of cadets to exciting places such as Langley Air Force Base and Ft Pickett is still one of her favorite ways to spend time in CAP, she is pleased to be currently serving as the Deputy Commander for Cadets since October 2017. She is the mother of four children who are all CAP cadets as well as an RN who maintains her nursing license although “retired” from a decade of working in the ICU. As a mother and a nurse, the safety and well-being of the cadets is always top priority to her as she focuses on creating and sustaining a vibrant and thriving cadet program. She currently serves in Cadet Programs, Leadership, Health Services, and Recruiting & Retention. She ensures that the cadets meet all educational program requirements in leadership, aerospace, emergency services, community service, and physical fitness. One of the highlights of each year has been spending a week with cadets from across the wing and region at VAWG Encampment where she serves as a Health Services Officer. Capt Sharp believes that the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is one of America’s best kept secrets when it comes to youth development and leadership training; it’s an experience and program that cannot be rivaled!