Illinois Wing Commander
Colonel Jerry Scherer
From the Desk of the Commander: 13 March 2017
Many new things have occurred over the past year. Our first Command Council meeting for 2017 was held on March 3-4. This last week I met with wing staff to go over the information presented at the command council meeting. I also presented the 2017 Vision for the Illinois Wing. We are working together to make our operations more efficient and simple. Part of these changes are to re-associate ourselves within our communities, re-integrate ourselves within the state infrastructure and implement processes to allow members throughout the Illinois Wing to participate at the wing level. We are also one of the first wings to implement a Cyber Programs Officer.
I am very excited to announce our reintroduction to Civil Defense. As you may know, Civil Defense was officially brought under the office of FEMA in 1979. In 2001, Civil Defense was brought under the Department of Homeland Security. What I think we need to understand is that the need for our organization to support Civil Defense has not changed. We provide a team of first-responders, which will in the near future incorporate Cyber operations as part of our support. We have personnel that are able to bring the best of our corporate knowledge and others who can bring the best of our military to protect our nation. You will be hearing much over the next few months about these new and exciting programs.
About the Commander
Col. Jerry G. Scherer has been a member of Civil Air Patrol for over 15 years having served at the unit, group, and wing levels. Col. Scherer is currently the Wing Commander for the state of Illinois. As the Illinois Wing commander, Col Scherer is responsible for ensuring that CAP objectives, policies, and operational directives are executed within the wing.
Prior to this assignment, Col Scherer was the Group-22 Commander responsible for the Northern Illinois area. He has served in several command positions including Incident Commander, Communication School Command, and Unit Command. Originally joining as a member of the Rockford Composite Squadron, Col. Scherer assumed roles on wing staff including Emergency Services Training Officer, Director of Personnel and Director of Information Technology. Col. Scherer is currently qualified in multiple aircrew, ground team, and mission base staff positions.
When not performing his duties as the Illinois Wing Commander, Col. Scherer works for FANUC America Corporation as a Senior Designer with over 30 years of experience in Computerized Numeric Control. He has been a contributing author of 2 books on manufacturing. Col. Scherer also currently holds 5 patents, both domestic and international, on advanced control systems.