2011-11-10 / Local & State

Civil Air Patrol Gets New Leader In Pennsylvania

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. (AP) – The Civil Air Patrol has named a new wing commander who will lead its nearly 2,300 volunteer members in Pennsylvania.

Lt. Col. Sandra Brandon will assume command of the wing during a ceremony in Grantville on Saturday. She'll be the unit's 17th commander and the first woman to hold the position.

The Civil Air Patrol, with more than 61,000 members nationwide, is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

Brandon first joined the patrol as a cadet in Pittsburgh in 1972. After taking a sabbatical to establish her professional career, she rejoined the patrol in 2003. She's a pilot and emergency services-qualified air crew member.

She's also the director and chief of staff for the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

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