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
Lieutenant Sharp joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2015 and assumed her current position in October of 2017. Prior to assuming this position, she served as the squadron’s Administrative Officer, Leadership Officer, Recruiting & Retention Officer, Health Services Officer, Finance Officer, and Public Affairs Officer for up to three years. She is responsible for ensuring that the cadets meet all program requirements in leadership education, aerospace education, emergency services, community service, physical fitness, and more. She reports to the Squadron Commander, Captain Strubhar. Lieutenant Sharp specializes in Finance, Health Services, and Cadet Programs and dedicates her time to making sure that every cadet benefits from the CAP Cadet Program as much as possible and that all of the cadet staff are sufficiently trained to carry out their duties in providing education and service to the rest of the cadets. In addition to this position, Lieutenant Sharp fills other squadron-level roles including Lynchburg Composite Squadron Leadership Officer, Recruiting & Retention Officer, Assistant Health Services Officer, Assistant Finance Officer, and Assistant Testing Officer.