Civil Air Patrol

Vice Commander


Lieutenant Colonel Joseph M. St. Clair is the Missouri Wing Vice Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, a non-profit, benevolent organization devoted to humanitarian activities, and by law the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.

Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair’s primary duty is to assist the Missouri Wing Commander in leading more than 1,000 volunteers in fulfilling the CAP’s missions.

Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair served as the Chief of Staff for Missions for Missouri Wing before being selected as the Missouri Wing Vice-Commander.

Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair was born on January 16, 1970, in Quincy, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. He also has completed 33 hours of post graduate work in the Aviation/Aerospace Operations field from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide.

Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair currently works as a pilot for Southwest Airlines. He has been a pilot for 31 years and holds type ratings in multiple transport category aircraft. Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair is a certified flight instructor for single and multi-engine airplanes. Prior to flying, Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair spent 14 years working for ALDI as a Director for Store Operations and District Manager.

Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair first joined the CAP in 2011 serving in multiple roles at the squadron level before becoming the commander of the Wentzville Composite Squadron. Since then, he has served successfully at the Wing level as the Standards and Evaluation Officer, Director of Operations, Chief of Staff for Missions, and as the 2018 Encampment Commander. He holds multiple ES ratings and is a qualified Incident Commander, Ground Team Leader, Mission Pilot, and Check Pilot Examiner for pilots and mission pilots. Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair has served/is serving on national level committees including the CAPR 35-9 Rewrite Committee, the Leadership Development Working Group, and the National UAS team.

Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair holds multiple Civil Air Patrol awards and decorations and has completed the Level V of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. He was the Missouri Wing Torch Recipient in 2017, Missouri Wing Squadron Commander of the Year in 2016, and the Missouri Wing Aerospace Education Officer of the Year in 2012. Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair holds master ratings in Aerospace, Standards and Evaluations, Operations, Logistics, Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, and Command.

Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair has been happily married to his wife, Sara, for 25 years. They have two children, Garrett who is serving in the military overseas, and Hollynn who is attending college in Missouri.

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