Air patrol gets new commander

Col. Robert Diduch has recently accepted the position of commander to Civil Air Patrol’s New Jersey Wing on McGuire Air Force Base.

According to a press release, Diduch has been serving as the Northeast Region Director of Operations and New Jersey Wing Counter Drug Officer.

He has held New Jersey Wing positions of chief pilot/standards and evaluation officer and director of operations. During the past 11 years, the Civil Air Patrol has provided him with an opportunity to work with the military to train and instruct in areas such as cadet services, aerospace, emergency services and aviation.

Diduch’s first encounter with this volunteer group was at the Twin Pine Squadron at Mercer County Air.

As operations officer he quickly accepted the challenge and has never looked back.

For two years he participated with a former New Jersey Wing commander in the development and coordination for the creation and recruitment of the New Jersey Wing Legislative Squadron.

Since taking his first aviation flight more than 28 years ago, Diduch has achieved the following aviation ratings: Air Transport Pilot, Multi-Engine Instructor and Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument. In recent years he has worked as a charter pilot and as a certified flight instructor.

According to the press release, Diduch is looking forward to his new challenge and believes that his background in aviation, business management and entrepreneur experience will contribute to the continued success of the New Jersey Wing to meet and exceed the needs of this volunteer organization.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. For more information visit the Internet Web site