Lt Col Christopher Howell was appointed Maryland Wing chief of staff on April 7, 2016. He brings 30 years of Civil Air Patrol experience to the position, including service as a former squadron commander, group commander, and wing chief of staff. As Vice Commander-Forces, Howell serves as the wing commander's principal advisor and assistant on all matters related to management of the wing's subordinate units and executing the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education missions. Howell handles day-to-day supervision of Maryland Wing's group structure and elements of the wing staff managing wing cadet programs, aerospace education, and professional development.
As a cadet, Lt Col Howell joined Maryland Wing’s former Fred V. Cherry Composite Squadron in 1984, transferring to the Towson Composite Squadron later that same year. In 1986, Howell earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award. After becoming a senior member, Lt Col remained at Towson and was actively involved in the emergency services mission while serving as the squadron’s ES officer and a ground team leader. Later he became the Towson Composite Squadron commander for five years before joining the staff of Group II, serving first as administrative officer before becoming group deputy commander for four years prior to assuming command of Group II, a position in which he served for two years.
Lt Col Howell is heavily qualified in the emergency services mission of Civil Air Patrol, holding qualifications as an aircrew member and as incident commander, operations section chief, planning section chief, and air operations branch director. In addition to his responsibilities as Group II commander, Lt Col served as the Wing’s Counterdrug Officer for six years from 2008-2014. He holds private pilot’s ratings in both airplane-single-engine-land and rotorcraft-helicopter.
Lt Col Howell holds a CAP master rating in Flight Operations, senior ratings in Command and Professional Development, and a technician rating in Communications. He has completed Level 4 of the CAP professional development program and was awarded the Paul Garber Award. He has been awarded an Exceptional Service Award, a Meritorious Service Award, two Commander’s Commendations, a Unit Citation Award, and a CAP Achievement Award.
Lt Col Howell is a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County and recently earned a bachelor’s degree in CyberSecurity from the University of Maryland University College. He is employed as a senior systems administrator with McKean Defense Group and holds certifications both as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Lt Col Howell is married to Lana and is the father of two daughters, Emma and Abigail. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and treasurer of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. In his spare time, he enjoys tracing his family tree.