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CAF announces leadership transitionCAF announces leadership transition

Former Commemorative Air Force President Stephan C. Brown ended a 10-year run in his leadership post Aug. 17, when the organization announced his resignation, effective that day.

Retired Commemorative Air Force vice president Robert Stenevik now serves as interim President and CEO of the Commemorative Air Force. Photo courtesy of the Commemorative Air Force.

Brown’s departure was the result of a “mutual agreement” between the former president and the organization’s board, which is known as the General Staff, according to CAF Vice President of Marketing Leah Block.

“I wouldn’t say that there’s a particular reason,” Block said in a telephone interview Aug. 24. Former CAF Vice President of Safety Robert Stenevik, who had recently retired from that post, was installed as interim president and CEO, the organization announced Aug. 17, with a  national search to commence for a permanent replacement for Brown.

“Steve Brown has given the CAF many years of enthusiastic service. We owe him gratitude and praise for his many accomplishments. We wish him the best of luck in future endeavors,” Board Chairman Doug Rozendaal said in a news release. “Moving forward, the board recognizes the importance of the CAF’s dedicated supporters and passionate membership. We will focus on finding leadership dedicated to continuing that long CAF tradition and are unanimous in our commitment to accomplishing the CAF National Airbase initiative.”

Stephan C. Brown resigned as the Commemorative Air Force president and CEO on Aug. 17. Photo courtesy of the Commemorative Air Force.

Brown oversaw a period of transition for the national organization that restores and operates warbirds with an eye on preserving aviation history and honoring American military aviation. Under Brown’s leadership, CAF established a new headquarters in Dallas, and commenced a plan to build a museum at Dallas Executive Airport. The organization operates a fleet of 165 aircraft based around the country, restored, maintained, and operated by 11,000 volunteers. The group produces several aviation events, and operates several high-profile warbirds including the B-29 Superfortress Fifi.

Block said details of the search for Brown’s permanent replacement have not yet been released, though it was expected to start immediately.

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Editor-Web Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot, as well as a certificated remote pilot, who enjoys competition aerobatics and flying drones.
Topics: Aviation Organizations, Vintage

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