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Major Clay Wilkins

Major Wilkins joined the Civil Air Patrol here at Leesburg in April of 2012, where he served as the Operations Officer, Emergency Services Officer, and Aerospace Education Officer before selection as the Director of Aerospace Education and Aircraft Maintenance Officer for the Virginia Wing.  He currently serves as a CAP flight instructor and evaluator for both mission aircrew and ground teams, and is a qualified as an Air Operations Branch Director and Ground Branch Director.  In addition to his passion for Aerospace Education, he has promoted Cadet Programs through his work with the Leesburg Drill Team, Flight Line Marshalling, Virginia Wing Encampment, Regional Cadet Leadership School, Regional Cadet Flight Academy, and the International Air Cadet Exchange.

Major Wilkins began his military service in the United States Army as Second Lieutenant of Infantry in May 1980.  Immediately following Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training and earning his wings as an Army Aviator, his first assignment was as a UH-1 flight instructor at the Aviation Brigade at Fort Rucker, AL.  His next assignments included stints as an OH-58 Platoon Leader in C/4-7 and UH-60 Platoon Leader in D/4-7 Air Cavalry in the Republic of Korea. After returning to the United States, Major Wilkins attended the Aviation Officer Advanced Course at Fort Rucker followed by the Aviation Logistics Officer and UH-60 Test Pilot Courses at Fort Eustis, VA.  

Major Wilkins then served in the 330th Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Company at Fort Hood, TX as the Aviation Maintenance Officer and Company XO, before selection as Commander of Delta Company, 5/17 Attack Helicopter (AH-64) Battalion. Following command, Major Wilkins then served as the Aviation Maintenance Officer for the Apache Training Brigade.

Major Wilkins moved to Los Alamitos, CA and served as the UH-1/UH-60 Standardization Officer for the CA ARNG. In 1989, he served as Munitions Test Programs Engineer for the 3246th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, FL, before being selected as the Standardization Officer for the MS ARNG in Jackson, MS in 1990. He then served as the Reconnaissance and Interdiction Detachment (RAID) Commander for counternarcotics missions until beginning an MD/PhD program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he graduated in 1997 after completing the US Naval Flight Surgeon Course at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL. In July 1998, after completing his Family Practice internship at Naval Hospital Pensacola, Major Wilkins became the Flight Surgeon for TRARON SIX at TRAWING FIVE, NAS Whiting Field, FL, and then the Director of Clinical Services for Branch Clinic Whiting Field. After selection as a Naval Aviator/Flight Surgeon (NA/FS dual designator) in 2003, Major Wilkins continued to serve as a flight surgeon and T-34 flight instructor until his retirement from the US Navy in 2007. 

Major Wilkins’ education includes a Bachelors Degree from the United States Military Academy, a Masters of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, a Masters of Biomedical Sciences from the University of Mississippi, and the Doctor of Medicine from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His military education includes the Infantry Officers Basic Course, Air Assault School, U.S. Army Airborne School, the Aviation Advanced Course, the U.S. Air Force Battle Staff Officer Course, the U.S. Army Maintenance Test Pilot Course, the U.S. Army Aviation Safety Officer Course, the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Advanced Course, and the U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon Course. Major Wilkins’ education in Civil Air Patrol includes USAFRCC Basic Inland SAR Course, USAFRCC Inland SAR Planning Course, Civil Air Patrol National AEO School, and Civil Air Patrol National Staff College.