COLONEL JOHN R. O’NEILL
Colonel John R. O’Neill is the Missouri Wing Commander of the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, a non-profit, benevolent organization devoted to humanitarian activities.
Colonel O’Neill has served previously as the Missouri Wing Director of Emergency Services, Director of Cadet Programs, Squadron Commander, and various other positions. Colonel O’Neill is currently responsible for all CAP operations in the state of Missouri.
Colonel O’Neill first joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1977 as a cadet member of the Newport County Composite Squadron of the Rhode Island Wing, followed in 1979 by a transfer to Patrick Composite Squadron of Florida Wing.
He became a Senior Member in 1985 and transferred to Alabama Wing, where he served as Deputy Commander for Cadets of the Maxwell AFB and Chilton County Composite Squadrons.
After a 13 year break in service to devote time to his Army career, Colonel O’Neill rejoined Civil Air Patrol in 2006 as the Deputy Commander for Cadets of the Lake of the Ozarks Composite Squadron of Missouri Wing. In 2007, he started the Fort Leonard Wood Composite Squadron and served as its first Squadron Commander for one year, followed by an assignment as Missouri Wing Director of Cadet Programs, a return to squadron command, and then Missouri Wing Director of Emergency Services which he held until assuming his current duties. Colonel O’Neill has served as an Encampment Commander, and on staff at the National Emergency Services Academy, North Central Region Staff College, Cadet Officer School and Model Aircraft Remote Control Pilot Academy. Colonel O’Neill is a qualified Incident Commander, Ground Team Leader and Mission Observer.
Colonel O’Neill’s Civil Air Patrol awards include two Meritorious Service Awards, three Commander’s Commendations, two Unit Citations, and the General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award. Colonel O’Neill has completed Level V of the Senior Member Professional Development program, being awarded the Gill Robb Wilson Award, as well as earning the General Carl A. Spaatz Award as a cadet.
Colonel O’Neill was born on November 29, 1964 in Bourne Massachusetts. He graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems. He retired from the United States Army in 2008 after over 23 years of service, including tours in Iraq, Kuwait, Alaska and Korea.
Colonel O’Neill currently works as an Instructor for the US Army CBRN School, teaching HAZMAT Chemistry to the newest members of the National Guard’s Weapons of Mass Destruction/Civil Support Teams (WMD/CST). He is a certified HAZMAT Technician-level responder and HAZMAT Incident Commander.
Colonel O’Neill’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, as well as the Combat Service Identification Badge (3d Armored Cavalry Regiment), the Parachutist Badge and the Drill Sergeant Badge.
Colonel O’Neill is married to Charline, his wife of 18+ years, who is also an Iraq War Veteran and is a Bronze Star recipient. They have one daughter, Saunci (herself a veteran of the conflict in Bosnia), and three grandchildren: Taylor, Thalia, and Boston