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Colonel Mark Lahan

Colonel Mark Lahan is the 30th Kansas Wing Commander. As Commander, he provides command and control over Kansas Wing’s personnel and assets in support of CAP’s three missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. Col Lahan assumed command on May 7, 2022.

Col Lahan first joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet in California Wing’s John J. Montgomery Memorial Cadet Squadron in 1980 and remained a member until joining the US Army 1985.  Service in the US Army limited his ability to participate but he did serve as a Senior Member in North Carolina Wing’s Fayetteville Composite Squadron from 1986 to 1987. He became active again rejoining CAP as a member of Texas Wing’s El Paso Composite Squadron in 2004. 

 Col Lahan has served as a Squadron Commander, Wing Staff member, and Region Staff member in various roles.  He earned his Gill Rob Wilson Award (#2758) in 2010 and holds a Master rating in Command, History, Personnel, Operations, Communications, Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, Administration, and Plans and Programs. He is the recipient of the Exceptional Service Award with three bronze clasps, Meritorious Service Award with two bronze clasps, and Life Saving Award with two bronze clasps.

Col Lahan has served at numerous Encampments and National Cadet Special Activities, most recently as the Activity Director of National Blue Beret. He has also attended the Para-Rescue and Survival Orientation Course. 

In addition to his Civil Air Patrol service, Lt Col Lahan is a retired Army Sergeant Major with 25 years of active service. On the civilian side, Col Lahan works for the United States Coast Guard in Topeka, KS as a Training Specialist.




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