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Wing Leadership Team Bios

Commander: Col. Janon "JD" Ellis

Col. Janon “JD” Ellis is the commander of Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing. Col. Ellis joined CAP as a cadet in 1978 with continuous service to date. As a cadet, he served in numerous cadet positions to include cadet commander of the North Miami Cadet Squadron and later the Miami Springs Optimist Cadet Squadron. He earned the General Carl A. Spaatz Award as a member of the Florida Wing and continued to serve CAP with Texas, Arkansas, and Illinois wings after he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. He also served overseas as the commander of CAP's Yokota Cadet Squadron in Japan.

Col. Ellis is a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he earned the rating of master navigator with more than 4,000 hours in the C-130. He served as a C-130 navigator and instructor navigator at Dyess AFB, Texas, and as a C-130 formal training unit instructor and evaluator navigator at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. Later, he served as chief of the operations branch on the Air Mobility Command (AMC) Inspector General Team, which was followed by a staff assignment in the Plans and Programs Directorate at AMC headquarters, Scott AFB, Illinois. After departing Scott AFB, he served as operations officer of the 730th Air Mobility Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, he then commanded the 728th Air Mobility Squadron at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. His final assignment on active duty was as chief of the Requirements Policy Division on the Headquarters USAF staff, Washington, D.C. Col. Ellis retired from Air Force active duty service in 2009 and is currently a Department of the Air Force civilian on the Headquarters USAF staff. Col. Ellis assumed command of Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing on March 11, 2017.

Col. Ellis was recognized as Civil Air Patrol's National John “Jack” V. Sorenson National Cadet Programs Officer of the Year in 2012. In 2011 and 2012 he served as the commander of the Tri-Wing Encampment at Camp Fretterd, Maryland, and in 2013 and 2014 he served as CAP’s national coordinator for Wreaths Across America. In 2018, Col. Ellis led CAP’s National Diversity Initiative Team.

Col. Ellis holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Miami, Florida, and a master's degree in human resources development from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officers School (in residence), as well as the Air Command and Staff College (seminar), and the Air War College (seminar). Col. Ellis holds a CAP master rating in cadet programs and the command specialty tracks, and he has completed all five levels of CAP’s education and training program.

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Vice Commander: Lt. Col. Paul Cianciolo

Lt. Col. Paul Cianciolo is the vice commander of Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing and the national marketing and social media manager. Lt. Col. Cianciolo joined CAP as a cadet in 1996 with continuous service to date. As a cadet, he served as the cadet commander of the Waukesha Composite Squadron in Wisconsin Wing and earned the Amelia Earhart Award in 1999. As a senior member, Lt. Col. Cianciolo became the squadron commander of the Andrews Composite Squadron in National Capital Wing in 2006. He then served as the wing’s public affairs officer for 15 years. Lt. Col. Cianciolo was also a part-time CAP employee as a wing administrator from 2010-2012. He is a graduate of CAP’s in-person National Staff College and earned Level 5 through CAP’s professional development program.

Lt. Col. Cianciolo is a U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training Honor Graduate and Security Forces Academy Distignisted Graduate. He served on active duty as a security forces defender, which included the team that protects Air Force One, and later as a public affairs specialist with the D.C. Air National Guard. He worked as a defense contractor for Northrop Grumman, Cipher Systems, L-3 Communications, Orbital Sciences, and General Dynamics in a wide range of disciplines including security, intelligence analysis, missile defense, management analysis, photography, and communications. In 2007, Lt. Col. Cianciolo was recognized by the Defense Intelligence Agency for outstanding contributions as part of the internal communications team, and in 2009 by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis for volunteering to backfill the Library of National Intelligence with finished intelligence products. Lt. Col. Cianciolo also served on the board of directors for the Potomac Area Council of Hostelling International USA where he managed the nonprofit’s financials for two years until a merger, and he supervised the general managers of two properties in place of an interim executive director. Lt. Col. Cianciolo was also the founder and president of a small business with one employee for 13 years.

Lt. Col. Cianciolo is currently a federal employee with the Federal Aviation Administration’s national FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam). He serves as the social media lead for general aviation safety and an associate editor for the FAA Safety Briefing magazine, which is the FAA safety policy voice of non-commercial general aviation. In 2013 the magazine team was presented the Flight Safety Foundation’s Cecil A. Brownlow Publication Award in Paris for fostering professionalism and safety-conscious practices in the general aviation segment.

Lt. Col. Cianciolo holds an associate degree in business administration from Northern Virginia Community College and a bachelor’s degree in management from National-Louis University.

Lt. Col. Cianciolo has a Civil Air Patrol master rating in public affairs and senior ratings in cadet programs and command. He has been mission-rated as a public information officer, observer, ground team leader, and ground branch director. He was the National Capital Wing Public Affairs Officer of the Year on four occasions, received the wing’s Lt. Col. Thomas Stonehouse Service Award in 2003, was the wing’s Senior Member of the Year in 2005, was presented the CAP-USAF Middle East Liason Region’s Torch Award in 2007 for being an outstanding mentor to the cadet of the year, and in 2016 as part of the national public affairs team was presented with the Public Relations Council of Alabama’s PR Medallion Award of Excellence. Lt. Col. Cianciolo’s CAP decorations include two Exceptional Service Awards, two Meritorious Service Awards, and eight Commander's Commendation Awards.


Chief of Staff: Maj. Aaron Newman

Maj. Aaron Newman is the chief of staff of Civil Air Patrol's National Capital Wing. He previously served as the commander of Arlington Composite Squadron. He has also served as the director of information technology for CAP's Middle East Region (now Mid-Atlantic Region) and continues to assist the region headquarters when needed.

Maj. Newman is an active participant in the emergency services programs for the wing both as an aircrew member and as a radio communications professional. He has been recognized for his leadership in serving as course director for a CAP Squadron Leadership School, as an instructor for a CAP Corporate Learning Course, and as project officer for the Civil Air Patrol Annual Memorial Ceremony. He also led a successful effort to modernize the website and email services for the Middle East Region headquarters.

Maj. Newman was born in New York City. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as an engineer’s degree in information technology from George Mason University.

Maj. Newman joined Civil Air Patrol in September 2011. Outside of the organization, he is a principal data scientist and program manager with Whiteboard Federal. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.


Command Chief: Chief Master Sgt. Freddie Perry

bio coming soon


Click here to read a profile written about Chief Master Sgt. Perry in the spring 2020 issue of Civil Air Patrol Volunteer magazine.

Squadron Commander Bios

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