Association Leaders

The Association is fortunate to have a group of talented, dedicated individuals serving as your officers and directors. Contact any of the officers via the Contact Us page.


Ted F. Bowlds, President

Ted F. Bowlds, Spaatz #290, is serving his second term as the Association’s President.  He presently is an independent consultant on aerospace weapon system acquisition, a member of numerous Boards of Advisors for various companies, and teaching acquisition and leadership classes.  Ted retired as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and holds the distinction of being the first Spaatz Award recipient to achieve that rank in any branch of the U.S. military.  His last assignment before retiring in 2011 was Commander, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.  Numbering more than 12,000, the men and women of Electronic Systems Center manage the acquisition of command and control, intelligence, and reconnaissance systems for the Air Force as well as joint and coalition partners.

The general entered the Air Force in 1975 through the AFROTC program at Mississippi State University and holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and graduate degrees in electrical engineering and engineering management. He is a graduate of USAF Test Pilot School, Air War College and Syracuse University’s National Security Management Course. (Current as of 16 December 2012.  Elected 2012. Term expires in 2018.)

Janon D. Ellis, Vice President

Janon D. “JD” Ellis, Spaatz #661, recently retired after 23 years of service in the U.S. Air Force where he earned the rating of master navigator with over 4000 hours in the C-130, he commanded the 728th Air Mobility Squadron at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey and served as Chief, Requirements Policy Division on the Headquarters USAF Staff. He earned the Spaatz Award as a member of the Florida Wing and continued to serve CAP after he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force with Texas, Arkansas, and Illinois Wings and served overseas as the commander of the Yokota Cadet Squadron, Japan. JD is currently active as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, and he serves as the Director of Cadet Programs for the National Capital Wing.  (Current as of 12 August 2012. Elected 2013. Term expires in 2019.)

Jay Sliwinski, National Secretary

Jay Sliwinski, Spaatz #851.  Bio forthcoming. (Current as of 7 January 2018. Appointed 2017. Term expires in 2018.)

John Hedrick, Treasurer

John W. Hedrick, Spaatz #1411, has worked for the US Department of Homeland Security for over 11 years and is currently assigned to the Philadelphia Principal Field Office for the immigration and Customs Enforcement division. He is certified flight instructor and has a BS in aviation management from Wilmington University.

John is active as a Major in the Civil Air Patrol with continuous membership since 1993. He has served in numerous leadership and command positions including wing director of cadet programs, assistant director of operations, and squadron commander. As a cadet, John attended the International Air Cadet Exchange (Sweden), Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course (Patrick AFB), Advanced Hawk Mountain Ranger School, National Blue Beret, and Air Education Command Familiarization Course (Columbus AFB, MS). Major Hedrick earned the Spaatz award in 1999 and was presented the award by the Honorable Joseph Biden (then Senator of Delaware). He was also named the Middle East Region Cadet of the Year. Major Hedrick has served as the interim Treasurer of the Spaatz Association since January 2016. (Current as of 1 May 2016.  Appointed Interim Treasurer in 2016; elected 2017.  Term expires in 2019.)

Board of Directors

The Association’s Board of Directors consists of the four elected officers plus 9 members-at-large and one alternate. The at-large seats on the board are filled via the Association’s annual elections; one-half of these at-large seats are up for election each year. At-large directors serve a two-year term. For more information, see the Association’s by-laws.

Austyn W. Granville, Jr., Director #1

Colonel Austyn W. Granville, Jr., Spaatz #579, currently serves as the Deputy Commander for Senior and Cadet Members, Personnel Officer, Professional Development Officer, Administrative and Assistant Safety Officer for the Lantana Composite Squadron, Group VI, Florida Wing.  Colonel Granville serves in an additional duty capacity as Group VI Senior Cadet Advisory Council Advisor.  Prior to this, he served as a Wing Commander Advisor to New York Wing from September 2009 to August 2010.  Colonel Granville served as the Northeast Region Vice-Commander (North), from June 2006 until September 2009.  In this role, Colonel Granville was responsible for providing assistance in implementing the Northeast Region Commanders policies and served as an advisor to the nine Wing Commanders of the Region.  Colonel Granville was appointed to the position of New York Wing Commander on October 1st, 2001.   His past duty assignments include that of Vice-Commander, New York Wing; DCS/Professional Development, Northeast Region; Group Commander, Deputy Group Commander and Squadron Commander. He has also served in numerous Group and Squadron Staff positions. Colonel Granville held the position of Director and was a staff member of numerous Squadron Leadership Schools and Corporate Learning Courses. Colonel Granville served as a Seminar Advisor at the 2012 and 2011 Southeast Region Staff College. In the past, he has served on the staff of the Northeast Region Staff College for several years and was a lecturer as well.  (Current as of 6 December 2012.  Term expires in 2019.)

Michael J. Hower, Director #2

Mike Hower, Spaatz #895, is an independent consultant specializing in education, knowledge management, leadership, and strategy development.  He recently retired from active duty as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel after 20+ years of service, and he now advises The Air University on distance learning education for officer professional military development.

Lt Col Hower joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1985 and has served as both a cadet commander and squadron commander. He has attended 8 encampments, Cadet Leadership School, Blue Beret, International Air Cadet Exchange (Japan) as a senior escort, and directed the Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course: Colorado. He has also taught leadership and ethics for the National Wing/Region Commanders’ Course and National Staff College, along with space operations for Cadet Officer School.  A 1991 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Lt Col Hower is also an Air Force Academy Character Coach and active in the local community. In 2015, he surpassed 30-years of continuous service to the Civil Air Patrol. He was first elected as a Director in 2009, and then served as National Secretary from 2012 through 2017. (Current as of 7 January 2018. Elected 2009. Term expires in 2018.)

Elizabeth A. Sydow, Director #3

Elizabeth A. Sydow, Spaatz #836.  Bio forthcoming.  (Current as of 7 January 2018.  Appointed 2017.  Term expires in 2019.)

John Ruetemann, Director #4

John Ruetemann, Spaatz #1463).  Bio forthcoming. (Current as of 30 September 2014. Elected 2014. Term expires in 2018.)

Vacant, Director #5

Vacant. (Open for appointment 2017.  Term expires in 2019.)

Dominic Strug, Director #6

Dominic Strug, Spaatz #573, joined Civil Air Patrol in 1976 as part of the Michigan Wing. While a CAP cadet he earned his Eagle Scout Rank (1977), attended Cadet Officer School, and the US Air Force Academy Survival Course. Three years later, as a cadet at the USAF Academy, he returned to the USAF Academy Survival Course as an instructor. He graduated from USAFA in 1984.  Upon completion of UPT, he flew KC-135’s and “passed gas” for a living! Shortly thereafter, he returned to USAFA as a T-41 Flight Instructor completing his assignment as the Chief, Aviation Training Branch. After joining the USAF Reserves, he served as an Air Force Admissions Liaison Officer, CAP Reserve Assistance Officer and Flight Commander at Maxwell AFB in the Commissioned Officer Training Program, where his flight won the class Honor Flight—the first time ever a reservist has won that honor. He was also recognized as the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command’s Individual Mobility Augmentee (IMA) of the Year. He is now retired from the USAF with over 23 years of service.

Having moved to NC, he and his wife started the Apex Cadet Squadron. During their tenure as squadron commander’s they attended the Nation Cadet Competition 6 years in a row with either a Drill Team or Color Guard Team—none placing below 4th place overall. During that time he has served as the wing DO, MER DO and even the Wing Director of Cadet Programs—twice.  He is currently working at American Airlines and is an International 737 Captain. He serves NC Wing as an Instructor Pilot, Check Pilot Evaluator and Mission Check Pilot Evaluator. (Current as of 18 January 2015.  Elected 2014. Term expires in 2018.)

Robert J. Mattes, Director #7

Bob Mattes, Spaatz #445, coordinates all aspects of the Association’s scholarship activities. Bob is an active-duty colonel in the U.S. Air Force, whose previous assignments include service as Commander, 412th Operations Support Squadron and Deputy Commander, 412th Operations Group at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California. He currently reports directly to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, leading the Comparative Testing Office and working directly with the governments and industries of 27 nations as well as congressional staffs. Bob holds a Command Pilot rating with over 3700 flying hours. (Current as of July 2011.  Term expires in 2019.)

Lawrence L. Trick, Director #8

Larry Trick, Spaatz #452, served as president of the Association from 1998 to 2000 and was vice president from 1997 to 1998. He currently leads the effort to locate all missing Spaatz Award recipients. A U.S. Navy civil service employee, Larry is program manager for America’s newest X-plane, the X-49A Vectored Thrust Ducted Propeller advanced technology demonstrator, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering from Penn State University and previously commanded CAP’s Maryland Wing. (Term expires in 2018.)

Antonio Barroso, Director #9

Antonio J. Barroso, Spaatz # 1437, currently serves as a US Army Captain assigned to the National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C.  He has previously commanded an Infantry Anti-Armor Company and an Air Defense Avenger Battery in the Florida Army National Guard.  He has deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and has also served two tours with United States Southern Command where he was the Mil-Group operations officer at the US Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana.  He has also served in Osan AFB, South Korea and two additional tours in support of Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) in Washington D.C.  In the Civil Air Patrol, he serves as a Lieutenant Colonel, and recently stepped down from a leadership role as the Commander of Group VI in South Florida.  He has served on various staffs to include Cadet Officer School, Hawk Mountain, the International Air Cadet Exchange (United Kingdom), and numerous encampments.  Antonio earned his Spaatz Award in April 2001 and his Gill Rob Wilson Award in December 2008, he has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.  His professional military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Anti-Armor Leader’s Course, Army Instructor Course, DISAM Overseas Management Course, Air Defense Captain’s Career Course and Squadron Officer School.  (Term expires in 2019.)

Alternate Director (Director #10)


Committee Chairs/Project Coordinators

Thomas P. Hurley, Bylaws Committee Chair

Thomas P. Hurley, Spaatz #305, chairs the Association’s Bylaws Committee, which is charged with providing guidance to the Board of Directors when requested on procedural or other matters relating to the By Laws and reviewing and proposing changes to the By Laws requested by members and the Board, and reviewing Bylaw complaints of members. The committee also monitors the Association’s election process. The Association’s founding Vice President and a former board member, Tom is president of Thomas Hurley Consulting LLC. He holds certifications as a Project Management Professional and Certified Business Manager and holds securities, mortgage and life/health licenses in the State of Connecticut. Mr. Hurley is also. Tom is a lieutenant colonel in Civil Air Patrol and is a member of the CT Minuteman Composite Squadron in New Haven, CT. Mr. Hurley is married, is a church lector, member of the American Legion and an elected member of his local school board. He holds BS, MS and MBA degrees. (Term at discretion of TSA Board of Directors.)

Noelle Sublett, Aerospace Leadership Scholarship Committee Chair

Bio forthcoming. (Term at discretion of the Board of Directors.)

Vacant, Aerospace Leadership Grant Committee Chair

Vacant.  (Term at discretion of the Board of Directors.)

Larry Trick, Membership Search Coordinator

See above.  (Term at discretion of the Board of Directors.)

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