Maj Avilés (Ralph) e-mail
- Deputy Commander for Seniors
- Administrative Officer
- Information Technology Officer
Residence: Julington Creek
Plantation, St. Johns, FL
Major (Maj) Ralph Avilés is originally from Brooklyn,
NY where he was born. However, Major Aviles lived most of his young
life in Puerto Rico where he grew up and attended K-12 school. Then,
few years later, and half way through college, Major Aviles decided
to moved back to the United States to finish his college degree.
He first joined CAP in 2006 where he became the Aerospace
Education Officer for then-St Augustine Senior Squadron. He currently
holds a technician rating in Aerospace Education. In December 2008,
under the guidance of a newly formed Squadron Staff, Avilés was
requested to serve as Deputy Commander which he served until January
2009 before accepting the appointment of Commander, which he served
until March 2014 after completing his tour of duty. Maj Avilés
now serves the sqaudron as the Deputy Commander for Seniors.
As Commander, Avilés set up the goal to start a Cadet
Program and transform the Senior Squadron to a Composite Squadron.
Under his direction, and with the assistance of the Squadron Staff,
the squadron officially became the St Augustine Composite Squadron
on 05 June 2009. Few weeks later in June 25, 2009 Maj Avilés became
the first Commander of the newly formed St Augustine Composite Squadron.
Major Avilés is also a Professional Development Officer
and Testing Officer, and has completed the requirements for General
Emergency Services (GES), Skills Evaluator (SET), and OPSEC (OPS)
Outside the Civil Air Patrol, Avilés is an Aerospace
Engineer for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), at the Aerial Refueling
Systems (ARS) FST where he served as the Lead Engineer. As Lead
Engineer Avilés has provided engineering assistance to Navy S-3B,
F/A-18E/F, and KC-130 tanker aircraft which provide air-to-air refueling
to other US and allied aircraft. He has also served as the Reliability
and Maintainability Panel Chair for Aerial Refueling Systems Advisory
Group (ARSAG) International, an independent, technical, professional
organization, dedicated to aerial refueling where annually representatives
of all US military services including Air National Guard as well
as Air Forces and Ministries of Defense of fourteen other nations
gather to discuss aerial refueling topics.
From 1994 to 1996 Avilés supported NAVAIR in Washington,
DC and Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD) Indianapolis,
IN as an Industrial Engineer Intern where he assisted in the management
of the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the first five F/A-18E/F
airplanes and provided Oracle SQL*PLUS database software design
to support aerospace manufacturing machine shops.
Other Teams where Maj Avilés has served for
NAVAIR include the Navt Primary Trainers (T-44, T34, TH-57, T-45)
FST, and the EP-3E Fleet Support Team (FST) located at the Fleet
Readiness Center South East (FRCSE) Jacksonville, Naval Air Station
Jacksonville, formerly known as Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP) Jacksonville.
He provided systems and structures engineering support to the Navy
Primary Trainers and EP-3E fleet.
Major Aviles holds a bachelor of science in Aerospace
Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona
Beach Campus (1994), and an M.B.A from Webster University, Jacksonville
Major Avilés resides in the Julington Creek Plantation
area located in the town of St. Johns, FL with his wife Jeanette
Gilbes and three sons: Jean-Ralph, Nathan, and Brandon.