Liput Named as 24th Commander of New Jersey Wing
JB-MDL, New Jersey 10 June 2021 -- Col Andrew L. Liput has been appointed the 24th commander of the New Jersey Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary. Col Liput will formally take command at a ceremony which will be held at Joint Base MDL on 10 July 2021.
Col Liput formerly served on the staff of the Connecticut Wing for several years and was also assigned to the Northeast Region and National Staff. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and decorations for exemplary service at the Wing, Region, and National levels. Most recently he was recognized as the CAP National Government Relations Officer of the Year for his work with state and federal legislators in the promotion and advancement of Civil Air Patrol issues.
Col Liput is a resident of the State of New Jersey, residing in Hunterdon County, and comes from a family with three generations of service in CAP. Col Liput’s father served the organization during WW2 as a submarine spotter and his daughter was a member of New Jersey Wing as a cadet.
“I am honored and humbled by my appointment in this important assignment,” Col Liput stated, “I recognize the significance of the task that lies ahead and will serve this position continuing the long history of excellence and service the New Jersey Wing has offered to the State since it was established as a homeland security force in December 1941.”
Liput will serve a three-year term and will take over command from the current New Jersey commander, Col Joseph Abegg, who was appointed in 2017. “NJ Wing is currently supported by over 1400 airmen and cadets at squadrons located throughout the state”, Col Abegg commented, “I have known and worked with Col Liput for several years in various capacities and have confidence in his ability to carry on our long tradition of readiness and service that will meet the organization’s three mission areas of emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet programs.”