12/13/2005–Middle River, MD–Capt. Jeffrey Thomas was appointed commander of the Glenn L. Martin Squadron by Lt. Col. Jerry Weiss, commander of Group 2 in the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
Thomas joined CAP in May 2000 and was assigned duties as aerospace education officer and deputy commander of cadets.
He has received CAP's General Charles Yeager Award and has completed the Corporate Learning Course, Squadron Leadership School, and Unit Commanders Course. He is also trained on the Satellite Digital Imaging System. He holds emergency service ratings as a ground team leader and mission scanner, and is training as a mission observer.
Currently, he is an undergraduate student majoring in education at the University of Maryland.
Thomas is employed as an instructor by the Baltimore Public Schools System. He is assigned to the “House Rehab Program,” which involves instructing students in the renovation of vacant houses in Baltimore.
He is 45 years old and has been married for 22 years to his wife, Teresa. They have two children; son, Cory, and daughter, Jillian, and reside in Fullerton.
His ambition is to continue squadron development through an emphasis on education, training, and mission activities. He intends for the unit to remain rich in moral character, professionalism, and dedication to our country.
Capt. William Parris, the unit's previous commander, said that “Captain Thomas will lead the squadron to new heights, and his leadership will inspire all. He is a highly experienced officer, and a team leader, decorated for both air and ground emergency services, and he has the respect of all squadron members. I am extremely proud to have served with Capt. Thomas and thrilled that he will now lead this great squadron.”