LIEUTENANT COLONEL STEPHEN M. AUBUCHON
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen M. Aubuchon is the Vice Commander of the Civil Air Patrol’s Missouri Wing. He joined the St. Charles Composite Squadron in December 2009 and was assigned as the Aerospace Education officer and Deputy Commander for Cadets. In September 2010 he became the Commander of that squadron until December of 2012 when he appointed as commander of Group 2 of the Missouri Wing. In March 2015, he was honored to be selected as the Missouri Wing Vice Commander.
He began his military service when he enlisted in the Missouri Air National Guard April 1970 and gained a position in the 571st Air Force Band by competitive audition. Then – SSgt Aubuchon re-enlisted in the band in October 1976 and in 1979, was selected to command and conduct the 571st. He graduated from the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, TN and was commissioned 1st Lt. He remained commander/conductor of the band until his retirement in Oct 1990 at the grade of Major. During his service, then – Major Aubuchon was awarded an Air Force Commendation medal for his work to standardize training of ANG musicians to AF standards. He also earned Air Force Reserve Meritorious Service medal, Air Force Longevity ribbon with 4 oak leaf clusters, and the Armed Forces Reserve ribbon.
His education includes a PhD in Curriculum Development from the University of Missouri; Columbia in 1995, Masters of Music Education from Vander Cook College of Music; Chicago, IL in July 1981, and Bachelor of Music, University of Missouri; St. Louis (Cum Laude) in August 1974. Dr. Aubuchon taught instrumental music in Missouri public schools for 31 years and was twice selected as Teacher of the Year in his assigned building. He taught 5 more years in parochial schools and for home schooled students. He has additionally held adjunct positions at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Lindenwood University – St. Charles, MO.
Lt Col Aubuchon is dedicated to the Civil Air Patrol Professional Development program. Although as an Air National Guard officer he had taken Squadron Officer School by correspondence, and credited for Region Staff College, he graduated from RSC in Minneapolis, MN in June 2015 where he was named the outstanding student of his team. He is also a graduate of Air Command and Staff College as an equivalency for National Staff College, but plans to attend NSC. He earned the Gill Robb Wilson Award in February 2015. He has also graduated from and served as an instructor for numerous other professional development courses.
Among his specialty track accomplishments is a master rating in Aerospace Education and has earned the Crossfield and Yeager Aerospace Education awards. He also has senior ratings in the Personnel and Command tracks, as well as technician ratings in Cadet Programs, Logistics, Professional Development, and Finance.
He received his private pilot’s certificate in September 1970 and exercised the privileges until 1975. After a 33 year hiatus from aviation, he renewed his currency and went on to earn an instrument rating and commercial license in 2010. Since joining CAP, Steve has qualified as a mission pilot, cadet orientation, with AFROTC pilot, and is qualified in the Cessna 182, G1000. His operations qualifications include SAR/DR Mission Pilot, Observer, Scanner, Airborne Photographer, Counterdrug, Mission Radio Operator, Mission Staff Assistant, and the coveted CAP Vehicle Driver’s License.
Other CAP activities include attendance at the National Aerospace Education Officer Staff School in June 2010. He also attended the National Emergency Services Academy Beginning and Intermediate Mission Aircrew Schools in July 2011 and again in July 2012 as the deputy commander for cadets at the Mission Aircrew School. He was a staff member at Missouri Wing Cadet Encampments in Jul 2012, ’13 & ’14 and was named as the Outstanding Tactical Officer for 4th Cadet Training Group. In October 2014 he was named as the Missouri Wing Senior Member of the Year. He has also received the Meritorious Service Award and four Commander’s Commendations.
Steve met his wife, Mary Jane, in their high school french horn section and were married in June of 1976. They are both retired teachers who have two sons and three of the most adorable grand children ever! When not busy with CAP, he is an active musician who loves to play for anybody who will listen.