George D. Mead, #35, 19?? – 1980

George Mead in the 1966 Florida Wing Encampment annual. (Photo courtesy of Mike Murphy, #115)

Lt Col Fred R. Swearingen, CAP, writes:

“George D. Mead was a decendant of General George Meade, the Commander of Union troops at Gettysburg.

“George was an outstanding cadet from Tallahassee Comp. Sq. He attended several encampments as staff and was Chair of the CAC in late 67 & 68. He was a C/Capt when he took and passed the Spaatz on the first try. He was a Project officer for the Wing Drill Competition, and was only the second (and last) cadet to hold that position.

“He was selected to present the first draft of the CAC regulation to the National Commander at a SER meeting in Ft. Lauderdale – the same conference he was presented his Spaatz. The original manual had been written by three Cadet Lt. Colonels, and Mead, as the Chair of CAC, was given the honor of making the presentation. It became its own regulation until brought the present CAP Cadet Program Guide. Its chapter is pretty much the way the three C/Lt. Colonels had written it up, except for the color changes in the ropes. He was cited in an article as the 8th most influential cadet of the 60’s.

“He graduated from the Univ. of Florida, and attended Florida State Univ. Mead was a Private Pilot, had attended IACE and was working as a professional Test Pilot for a leading aircraft manufacturing company when killed along with 2 other people in a crash. He left behind a wife and two small children.

“He was a close friend, and Godfather to my daughter Patti-Ann, whose uncle was David Greeson (#51 – see below).”

Mike Murphy, #115, writes:

“George was my flight commander at my doolie encampment in 65 at Tyndall AFB. George was the type of guy who was very approachable – you always felt you could go to him for anything. He had the quiet confidence of someone who knows his job thoroughly. I can’t remember him ever losing his temper or even raising his voice to us — pretty unusual at an encampment(!), especially the tough kind we had back in the “ol’ days”. He had a good sense of humor and we were a happy flight. We worked very hard and became a good team. When I went up to get my graduation certificate it was with the pride of accomplishment that George had instilled in us.

“Perhaps the best tribute I can give George is the fact that I never forgot him, where I can’t even remember the name of our Asst. Flight Commander (with due apologies to him, wherever he may be.) George was a great flight commander and I’m lucky I got such a good role model to start learning leadership from.”

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