Sharks Circle and Jerk in Civil Air Patrol Turbulence

WID President Amy Courter, left and CAP BoG Chair Judith Fedder, center
WID President Amy Courter, left and CAP BoG Chair Judith Fedder, center

By AuxBeacon News Staff

[Editor’s Note: This story was submitted a few days ago and it took some time to verify.]

It appears that turbulence at CAP Maxwell Headquarters once again has the sharks circling and jerking in the waters to feed each other accolades and positive press. Readers will recall that Don Rowland was released in August 2016 from the paid position of Civil Air Patrol’s Chief Operating Officer. After briefly serving as interim COO, John Salvador was awarded the position by the Board of Governors in December 2016.

Former CAP National Commander Amy Courter recently surfaced to give CAP BoG Chair Judith Ann Fedder the Women in Defense “Service to the Flag Award”. This highly coveted honour was presented on Wednesday September 27th 2017 at the Women in Defense National Conference held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Courter is currently the national president of Women in Defense.

“It is a distinct honour to be recognized with the Women in Defense Salute to the Flag Award,” stated Fedder, who would later be reminded of the award’s correct name. “Through my association with the Board of Governors this also highlights the value and incredible contributions of Civil Air Patrol volunteers who are such an important part of the National Security sector.”

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson delivered a keynote address during the conference.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson

CAP trackers have been highlighting the mutual admiration circle and patterns in the work history of those actively seeking and approving paid positions within Civil Air Patrol.

Judith A. Fedder grew up on Army bases before her parents put down roots in Manistee, Michigan. She became a 1980 distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. She was a career maintainer in the Air Force, most recently serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support.

In May of 2015, Lt Gen Judith Fedder retired from the Air Force. Just after Jayson Altieri was made BoG Chairman in March 2015, Fedder became a member of the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors in June 2015. She then went to work for Boeing in November 2015 as a Director of Global Sales & Marketing, Integrated Logistics. She and Boeing “parted ways” in June 2017 after just 1 year and 7 months. In February 2017, she replaced Jayson Altieri as BoG Chaiman who stepped back to the Vice Chairman role.

Amy Courter was born in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education. She served as commander of Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol from 1999 to 2002. She was selected to be Maj Gen Antonio Pineda’s National Vice Commander in July of 2005.

In 2007, Antonio Pineda was removed from command and stripped of his rank for misconduct reported by Lt. Col. Raymond Hayden that was later verified in an IG investigation. Courter became Acting National Commander in the fallout and was later elected to a regular three-year term as National Commander in 2008.

Amy S. Courter served as President of the Michigan Chapter of Women In Defense from October 2010 to September 2012. In February 2017, Courter was the WID National President while also working as the Chief Operating Officer of Dynamic Computer Corporation of Farmington Hills, MI. Courter is no longer with Dynamic Computer Corporation and has since moved on to innerTrain, where she is responsible for delivering the signature company experience. Per its vision statement, inerTRAIN is a team dedicated to the success of inerTRAIN and clients.

Will AuxBeacon confirm and release this story or will it censor and bury it?

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7 Comments on "Sharks Circle and Jerk in Civil Air Patrol Turbulence"

  1. Ink-stained wretch | October 8, 2017 at 06:05 | Reply

    NOTF was nominated by WHOM to the Pulitzer board? I want to know.

  2. It is fairly trivial to vet Amy Courter away from any position, paid or not, in Civil Air Patrol by privately asking her the following questions. This is how the BoG and USAF can avoid embarrassment in yet another ill-considered decision such as with the previous Chief Operating Officer.

    “Amy, have you ever made use of any contacts, CAP member or not, as proxies to conduct a vulgar campaign of intelligence gathering, leak dissemination, intimidation or attempted defamation of volunteer members to undermine your competition and pave the way for your return to power in Civil Air Patrol?”

    “Amy, could there be evidence in the form of documents, recordings, emails or phone logs that you have used one or more associates as proxies to conduct such a campaign of defamation and intimidation against multiple low ranking volunteers who had the misfortune to stumble onto and report fraud, theft and coverup abuse in Civil Air Patrol during your command and the command of your successor Charles Carr?”

    “Amy, is it possible that some Civil Air Patrol members and former members are so distressed over the abuse, suicides and slander they have endured in Civil Air Patrol that they could expose what they know at great personal cost to themselves and to the program if you or your proxy continues to advance?”

    “Amy, if the answer to any of the questions above is yes, how far would you be willing to go to further harm these individuals to achieve your objective?”

    This guidance should not be construed as an endorsement of any of the alternative candidates, most of whom are compromised in ways yet to be revealed. Objective new blood is sorely needed to fix the problems.

    • VetHer Resume | October 9, 2017 at 17:27 | Reply

      Yep. Another way to vet Amy Courter is to look at current and past versions of her resume, which many CAP members judge to have been inflated fluff. If you look at the companies she has had on her resume they appear, in my opinion, to be shells designed to move people into positions they are seeking.

  3. Assistant Gloyd | October 7, 2017 at 14:41 | Reply

    Why is AuxBeacon NOT releasing the material that you are sure to have on Paul Gloyd, CAP’s current Assistant Chief Operating Officer?

    [Answer: As we sift through it, we find that not all of it is true and some of it has already been released. Your inquiry raises the spectre of urgent backdoor communications against Col Gloyd who is in line.]

  4. I hate to say it, but it looks here like yet another person shuttled down the path of trading and compromising reputation to be used-up by others.

  5. There have been quite a few schemes in CAP in which higher ranking members have attempted to profit, either in money or in press, from the ignorance of the members and donors they were exploiting. I was always leery of Wreaths Across America for this reason and then I came across the assessment of Sandra Miniutti, CFO of Charity Navigator, a watchdog group. Her words were measured, but critical.

    “The Form 990 clearly shows that out of total expenses of roughly $6.6 million nearly $4.9 million dollars went to the Worcester Wreath Company and that two employees of the company are on the board of the nonprofit. In other words, 74 percent of every dollar the charity spent went to the for-profit firm.

    We find the practice of a charity paying such a substantial amount of money to a business owned by several of that charity’s board members atypical as compared to how other charities operate.

    Another big concern is that the charity doesn’t have a whistleblower policy or a conflict of interest policy in place to help ensure it is behaving ethically.”

    Well, that sounds just like something CAP pigs would support.

    Tobin Slaven and the commanders and the cadets they had bullied were always attempting to blow smoke up my kilt.

  6. “In 2007, Antonio Pineda was removed from command and stripped of his rank for misconduct reported by Lt. Col. Raymond Hayden that….”

    “News of the Force” first broke this story. Our story was picked up then by TV, radio and newspapers all over the world, including in Europe and Australia, and by the “Air Force Times.” The CAP issued a news release quoting Pineda as saying the story was “absolutely untrue.”

    But we were able to prove it, and Pineda “got gone.” In 2011, NOTF was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for breaking this story.

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