Illinois Wing Commander
Colonel Jay Burrell
About the Commander
Col. Jay Burrell is the Interim Commander of Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary. He is responsible for the Command and Administration of approximately 1500 volunteers, aircraft, vehicles and communications equipment to support federal, state and local missions.
Col. Burrell has been a member of CAP since 1990. He has held various positions of Command responsibility including Squadron Commander, Group Commander, Wing Commander as well as key staff positions as Wing Chief of Staff, Wing Vice Commander, Wing Inspector General, Region Inspector General, NHQ Assistant Professional Development Officer – Specialty Tracks and most recently Region Chief of Staff – Support.
Col. Burrell spent 4 years on active duty with the United States Air Force and was awarded the USAF Commendation Medal for his work as NCOIC of one of the largest postal finance centers in Germany as well as providing support for various Reforger Exercises including Operation Coronet Flush. His Air Force and CAP careers are augmented by his successful business career where he is currently Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for TRI Industries, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. He is also an adjunct professor at Concordia University Wisconsin’s Kenosha Campus teaching undergraduate and graduate level business courses.
Col. Burrell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Economics from Northeastern Illinois University, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Management from Loyola University of Chicago, and an Advanced Executive Certificate in Operations, Technology and Value Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) Sloan School of Management.
Col. Burrell is married to Dr. Barbara Burrell, MD and has 2 adult children, Christopher who was a former CAP Mitchell Cadet and now works in Japan and Jonathan who teaches high school mathematics.