Lt. Col. Christopher J. Howell
Lt. Col. Christopher J. Howell
Maryland Wing Chief of Staff
Lt. Col. Christopher Howell returns to the Chief of Staff position after a tour as Vice Commander of Forces. He brings more than 35 years of Civil Air Patrol experience to the position, including service as a former squadron commander, group commander. As Chief of Staff, Howell handles day-to-day supervision of Maryland Wing’s staff managing wing cadet programs, aerospace education, professional development, operations, logistics, administration, communications, finance and various other sections.
As a cadet, Lt. Col. Howell joined Maryland Wing’s former Fred V. Cherry Composite Squadron in 1984, transferring to the Towson Composite Squadron later that same year. In 1986, Howell earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award. After becoming a senior member, Lt. Col. Howell remained at Towson and was actively involved in the emergency services mission while serving as the squadron’s emergency services officer and a ground team leader. Later he became the Towson Composite Squadron commander for five years before joining the staff of Group II, serving first as administrative officer before becoming group deputy commander for six years prior to assuming command of Group II, a position in which he served for two years. Most recently he served for 2 years as Chief of Staff and 4 years as Maryland Wing Vice Commander of Forces.
Lt. Col. Howell is heavily qualified in the emergency services mission of Civil Air Patrol, holding qualifications as an aircrew member and as incident commander, operations section chief, planning section chief, and air operations branch director. In addition to his responsibilities as Group II commander, Lt. Col. Howell served as the wing’s counterdrug officer for six years from 2008-2014. He holds private pilot’s ratings in both airplane-single-engine-land and rotorcraft-helicopter.
Lt. Col. Howell holds a CAP master ratings in flight operations and command, a senior rating in professional development, and technician ratings in communications, emergency services and cadet programs. He has completed Level IV of the CAP professional development program and was awarded the Paul Garber Award. He has been awarded an Exceptional Service Award, a Meritorious Service Award, two Commander’s Commendations, a Unit Citation Award, and a CAP Achievement Award. He was named Maryland Wing’s Senior Member of the Year in 2011.
Lt. Col. Howell is a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County and holds a Bachelor’s degree in CyberSecurity from the University of Maryland University College. He is employed as an IT Specialist with the U.S. Navy and holds certifications both as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Lt. Col. Howell also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and treasurer of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. In his spare time, he enjoys tracing his family tree and spending time with his wife and daughters.