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LT Col Dennis M. Hunter - Commander, Southern New Mexico Group

Lt Col Hunter is the New Mexico Southern Group Commander and serves as the Assistant Safety Director for the NM Wing.  He is a Class 3 Private Pilot and sUAS Ground Pilot.  Current certifications include, sUAS Mission Pilot, Mission observer, Mission Scanner, Mission Safety Officer, and Flightline Supervisor.

Areas of focus are Command, Education and Training, and Mission Safety in support of New Mexico Wing Mission requirements.  Holds a Master Level in Safety, Senior level in Logistics and Command, technician level in Inspector General, Administration and personnel.

EDUCATION

Professional Development Level I thru IV, 2008 - 2014
2014 Regional Safety Officer College
2020 National Safety College (VOLU)
2021 Group Commanders Course (VOLU)
2021 Squadron Commanders Course (VOLU)
2020 TLC -Training Leaders of cadets Course
2016 CERT- Community Emergency Response Team Course
2012 CLC- Corporate Learning Course
2010 UCC - Unit Commander Course
2008 SLS - Squadron Leader School

CIVIL AIR PATROL ASSIGNMENTS

NM Southern Group Commander 2020 -2021
Assistant Wing Safety Director 2018 – 2021
NM-084 Squadron Commander 2015-2020
Deputy Commanders for Seniors 2012 – 2015
Safety Officer 2009 – 2015
Logistic Officer 2009 – 2020
Administration and Personnel Officer 2016 -2020
Communication Officer 2018 – 2020  

MAJOR CIVIL AIR PATROL AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Benjamin Davis Award 2009
Chuck Yeager Award 2010
Commander’s Commendation (Wing) 2010
Grover Loening Award 2012
Paul E. Garber Award 2014
Commanders Commendation (Wing) 2017
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award 2018
Commanders Commendation (Wing) 2019

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

SM 24 July 2008
2d Lt 12 November 2008
1st Lt 12 November 2009
Capt 12 May 2011
Major 01 May 2014
Lt Col 01 May 2018

 

CIVILIAN OCCUPATION

(EOD) Explosive Ordnance Disposal, USAF (8 Years)
Associate Director, Safety, Security, Training Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, New Mexico Tech, (Retired) (45 years)
Assistance to the Director, Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, New Mexico Tech (Part time advisor and Equipment acquisition.) (5 years)

COMMUNITY SERVICE          

Provide assistance and serve on the Airport committee to the City of Socorro and the Airport Manager to operate and manage the Socorro Municipal Airport.

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