by Bon Mot | AuxBeacon News Contributor
Paul Michael Bergman of Wabash Indiana died Thursday, May 31st 2012 at 1:50 p.m. in his home. He was 72 years old.
He was born February 3, 1940 in Defiance, Ohio to Alva Frederick and Addie Marie (Hasch) Bergman. Paul was a 1958 graduate of Mark Township High School in Mark Center, Ohio, and a graduate of Indiana University in Kokomo, Indiana. He married Diana C. Kirby at the Wabash Friends Church on October 26, 1963.
Bergman was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a past Wabash City Police Officer, a Farm Bureau Insurance Agent and past Director of the Wabash County Emergency Management Agency. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.
He was a disgraced past Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, who served less than two years from August 1996 to March 1998. He was ousted over an exposed sex scandal at Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters.
At this time Chuck L. Carr Jr is serving as the current National Commander and investigations are being concluded to expose the theft of donated artifacts by friend of Georgia Wing Vice Commander Richard Greenwood, Lt Col James Shaw.
Since Richard L. Anderson served as Civil Air Patrol National Commander from August 1993 to August 1996, CAP has suffered a dismal track record with corruption in its senior officer ranks.
Brig Gen Richard L. Anderson, CAP, Aug 1993 – Aug 1996
Brig Gen Paul M. Bergman, CAP, Aug 1996 – Mar 1998
Brig Gen James C. Bobick, CAP, Mar 1998 – Aug 2001
Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, CAP, Aug 2001 – Aug 2004
Maj Gen Dwight H. Wheless, CAP, Aug 2004 – Jul 2005
Senior Member Antonio J. Pineda, CAP, Jul 2005-Oct 2007 (removed from office for misconduct & stripped of rank)
Brig Gen Amy S. Courter, CAP, Oct 2007 – Aug 2008
Maj Gen Amy S. Courter, CAP, Aug 2008 – Aug 2011
Maj Gen Charles L. “Chuck” Carr Jr., CAP, Aug 2011 – Present