Col. Alvin J. Bedgood of Tampa, Fla., has been appointed by Civil Air Patrol National Commander Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter as commander of CAP’s Southeast Region. Bedgood assumed command from outgoing region commander, Col. James Rushing, who served in that capacity since 2007.
As commander of the region, Bedgood is the senior corporate officer within the region, which includes six wings – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Tennessee – and boasts a membership of more than 10,000 volunteers. He will also serve on CAP’s National Executive Committee.
Bedgood, who has been a CAP member for 26 years, most recently served as the Southeast Region vice commander. He has also served as region vice chief of staff and region chief of staff and as an instructor, curriculum coordinator and deputy director for the region staff college.
On the national level, he has served on CAP’s National Professional Development and Information Technology committees and as a member of the Organizational Excellence program tiger team.
He is employed by L-3 STRATIS as director of training, unified command solutions. He is a retired U.S. Army officer, Persian Gulf War veteran and former E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (STARS) mission crew commander.
Bedgood also is an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Loyola University in New Orleans, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from TROY, and a post-graduate educational specialist degree in leadership in curriculum and teaching from the National College of Education at National-Louis University in Chicago.