First female Wing Commander installed

Oshkosh, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol saw its first female commander installed over the weekend.  At the wing’s annual conference, held in Oshkosh, Colonel Rose Hunt assumed command from Colonel Clarence Peters.  Wisconsin Wing has nearly 1,000 members statewide.

Hunt, an Eau Claire area native, joined Civil Air Patrol in 1997 when her son joined the program as a cadet.  During her installation ceremony she recounted how she joined to support her son, but had little interest in serving in any sort of staff position or leadership role.  “After I saw the dedication and commitment of the members, in Eau Claire and around the state, and how hard they worked to help my son develop and to carry out missions for their communities I realized this was a great organization to be a part of,” said Colonel Hunt when recalling her years of service.  Today her son serves as a crew chief for the B-1 bomber and has served in the Air Force for more than fourteen years.

Prior to assuming the position of Wing Commander, Hunt has held increasingly demanding roles in the organization.  She served previously as the Northwest Group Commander, the wing’s Finance Officer, a Chief of Staff, and most recently as the wing’s Vice Commander.  Recently she led a team which drafted a new strategic plan for the wing and updated the organization’s mission statement.

Outside of Civil Air Patrol, Hunt owns a restaurant management group and has served on chapter and state boards for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.  She volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and serves as a member of the Chippewa Valley Airshow planning committee.

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