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Squadron Commander


     Lieutenant Colonel Jude Poirrier is the Squadron Commander at Lafayette Composite Squadron where he is responsible for insuring that the squadron stands ready to serve the Citizens of Acadiana with a strong cadet training program, Vigilant Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief response and a Robust Aerospace Education Program. 

     Col. Poirrier has served in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for more than 30 years.  He began his service as a cadet in Lafayette Composite Squadron in April 1986. 

The Cadet 

     As a cadet he served in several leadership roles including Cadet Element Leader, Cadet Flight Sergeant, Cadet First Sergeant, and Cadet Flight Commander.  He earned the General William (Billy) Mitchell Award and promotion to Cadet Flight Officer in July 1990.  In 1991 the Cadet Flight Officer Poirrier, having enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, transferred to Langley Composite Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia and became a Senior (adult) member of CAP. 

The Senior

     While assigned to Langley Composite Squadron Col. Poirrier served as Leadership Officer and Deputy Commander For Cadets.  He also served On the support staff of the Virginia Wing Cadet Competition (Vanguard) Team 

     In 1994 then Captain Poirrier returned to Louisiana Wing and Lafayette Composite Squadron where he served as Leadership Officer and Deputy Commander for Cadets.  He also served on the support staff of the1995 Louisiana Wing Cadet Competition Team, which won 1st Place in the National Cadet Competition held at Maxwell AFB, AL.  In 1998 the Lafayette Composite Squadron was re-designated Lafayette Cadet Squadron and Captain Poirrier assisted with the creation of Lafayette Senior Squadron, to which he transferred and became its first Deputy Commander.  When Captain Mike Criddle left the service Captain Poirrier became its Second Squadron Commander. 

     In 2000 then Major Poirrier transferred to the Selfridge Cadet Squadron, Selfridge Joint Reserve Base, Michigan.  There he served as the Emergency Services Officer. 

     In 2002 he transferred back to Lafayette Cadet Squadron serving as the Leadership Officer and Deputy Commander.  In 2005 Major Poirrier assisted with the merger of Lafayette Cadet Squadron and Lafayette Senior Squadron back into Lafayette Composite Squadron, again serving as the Deputy Commander for Cadets.  In 2007 he was appointed Squadron Commander until 2009 when he stepped down for a year.  In 2010 Major Poirrier resumed command of the squadron and remains its commander to the present.  Major Poirrier received his Promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in July 2015.


Air Force

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Air Force Good Conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ Star

Air Force Longevity Service Award

Air Force Training Ribbon

Small Arms Expert marksmanship Ribbon

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)


Civil Air Patrol

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

Meritorious Service Award

Unit Citation Award w/ Bronze Clasp

Paul E. Garber Award

Grover Loening Aerospace Award

Leadership Award w/ Silver Star

Membership Award

General Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager Award

General William "Billy" Mitchell Award

Command Service Award

Crisis Service Ribbon

Red Service Award w/ 30 Year Pin

Rescue Find Ribbon

National Cadet Competition Award w/ Silver Star

Encampment Ribbon w/ Silver Clasp


Air Force

Munitions Maintenance Badge

Civil Air Patrol

Command Service Badge (Squadron)

Aircrew Wings (Basic)

Ground Team Badge (Leader)

Cadet Programs Badge (Master)

Current Additional Duties

Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Wing Training Academy 

Instructor with the Civil Air Patrol Volunteer University.

Additional Service

Lafayette Parish Sheriff Department, 2004 - Present, Transportation Deputy, Current Rank Corporal

United States Air Force 1990 -1998, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, Squadron Support / Supply Specialist and Security Police Augmentee. Highest Grade E-4 Sergeant

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