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Lt. Col. Phil Zedonek has been Florida Wing’s
Vice Commander since March 2011. He also serves as the Wing Government
Relations Officer He is second-in-command of Civil Air Patrol's largest wing,
with more than 4,100 members and 29 aircraft.
For more than a year, he was the deputy
commander of Florida Wing Group 3, a 21-squadron group of about 1,000 members
-- bigger than some CAP wings -- that stretches across most of west-central
Florida. He has also been a unit aerospace education officer, safety officer,
deputy commander and served on numerous IG Inspection Teams
Zedonek is a retired lieutenant colonel in the
U.S. Army, where he spent more than 21 years in the Signal Corps. His
assignments included numerous command positions, ranging from platoon leader to
battalion commander of a 650-member tactical signal unit which deployed to
Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His major staff
assignments include serving as adjutant for a signal brigade; a staff officer
at the White House Communications Agency which supported the president, vice
president and staff in Washington, D.C., and while traveling worldwide; and as
the Fort Gordon Signal Center/Augusta, Ga. Post Inspector General.
Zedonek’s military awards and decorations
include, but not limited to, the Presidential Service Badge, Bronze Star Medal,
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak
leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Desert
Shield/Desert Storm Campaign Medal and the Liberation of Kuwait Medal. His CAP
awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Award, Commander’s
Commendation Award with two bronze clasps,AchievementAward, Gen.
Chuck Yeager Award, Amelia Earhart Award, Disaster Relief Ribbon with "V”
device, Rescue "Find” Ribbon, Orientation Pilot Ribbon, National Commander
Unit Citation, Unit Citation Award, Community Service Ribbon, Encampment Ribbon
and Recruiter Ribbon. He has completed Level V of the professional development
program and earned the Gill Robb Wilson Award. He is also a rated CAP pilot and
has attended the Senior Inspector General Course, the Air Force Rescue Coordination
Center Search and Rescue Management Course, the National Safety Officer
College, the Southeast Region Staff College and the National Staff College.He earned a Master Ratingin Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs, a Senior Rating in
Inspector General and holds other Technician Ratings.
He is active in CAP emergency services and
holds current ratings in urban direction finding, mission scanner, mission
observer, transport mission pilot, cadet and AFROTC orientation pilot, Critical
Incident Stress Management, mission staff assistant, liaison officer, mission
safety officer and is an Air Operations Branch Director. Zedonek is actively
pursuing completion of ground team member 3 and mission pilot, with the goal of
becoming an incident commander 3.
Zedonek earned a bachelor of science degree in
journalism/public relations from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts in
psychological counseling from Ball State University and a master of science in
communications, research and theory from Florida State University. His military
schools include the Signal Corps Advance Course, the Command and General Staff
College and the Army Inspector General Institute. Zedonek also possesses an
active Florida real estate broker’s license.
A Lakeland resident, Zedonek is married with
three grown sons. He also volunteers with local organizations and has traveled
on five international mission trips as a dental assistant or
construction worker. He is a Guardian ad Litem for the 10th Judicial
Circuit Court and serves on the Board of Directors for "First
Step", a non profit organization with the Department of Corrections
assisting new parolees.
[Last Updated: April 2013]