Matthew Congrove, Lieutenant Colonel, CAP

Lt. Col. Congrove was selected as the Texas Wing Public Affairs Officer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and received the same award from Florida Wing in 2006. He served as a member of the working group that edited the public affairs regulation set in 2017 and 2021. He is currently assigned to National Headquarters as a Public Affairs National Staff Assistant, where he developed the Civil Air Patrol brand guide, and is a Master-rated Public Affairs Officer.

Lt. Col. Congrove is a member of the Volunteer University faculty, teaching Levels 1 through 3 of the professional development program as well as the Squadron Commander Course. He has completed the highest tier of the program, Level 5, and received Gill Robb Wilson Award #3,885.

He has served in public affairs for one squadron and one group in Texas Wing, three squadrons and two groups in Florida Wing, and served as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for Headquarters Florida Wing. He also served as the Deputy Director of Information Technology in Florida Wing. During his time with Headquarters Florida Wing he designed the Florida Wing patch.

Previously, Lt. Col. Congrove was a squadron commander for the Texas Wing 435th in San Marcos, TX, where his unit was selected as the Texas Wing Squadron of Merit and was awarded a national Unit Citation in 2016.

Lt. Col. Congrove joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1999 as a cadet, re-joining as an officer in 2006. He is a mission-rated Public Information Officer with FEMA NIMS/ICS training, and has served on various high-profile missions including Hurricane Harvey, Falcon Virgo supporting Super Bowl LI, Falcon Virgo supporting National Capital Region defense, a Florida Wing and Texas Wing USAF OPSEVAL, and NASA-Kennedy Space Center support operations.

Additionally, Lt. Col. Congrove is a commercial-rated pilot with multi-engine and instrument endorsements.



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Flight Qualifications

1. Promotion was retroactive.
2. Completed Level 5 of the CAP Education & Training program, formerly known as National Staff College.