Ch Maj Eric S. Cooter


Chaplain Major Eric Cooter 
serves as the Southeast RegionChaplain for the Civil Air Patrol.  He joined CAP as a cadet in Tennessee and served from 1980 to 1986. He held all squadron cadet leadership positions to include Cadet Commander. He also served at wing level as Cadet Advisory Council Chair, Encampment Cadet Commander and later, as a Wing Cadet Program Officer.  After a regretful break in service, Chaplain Cooter re-joined CAP as a senior member in 1999.  Chaplain Cooter continues to serve as a Mission Pilot, actively flying Charlotte County Composite Squadron’s weekly Harbor Patrol missions, and provides flight training and refresher training for Mission Pilots.

In his ministry role, Chaplain Cooter serves as Rector (priest in charge) of St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL.  Prior to his recent return to parish ministry, Chaplain Cooter served on the staff of the Bishop of the Diocese of Southwest Florida.  Prior to ordained ministry, Chaplain Cooter worked as a retail executive for two national retail chains, working in the corporate offices as a Retail Buyer, and earlier in his career as a field manager. 
 
EDUCATION:
Master of Divinity, Sewanee - University of the South (2010)
Bachelor of Business Administration – East Tennessee State University (1988)

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. June 2000 - December 2004, Operations Officer, Naples Senior Squadron
2. May 2011 - May 2014, Prof. Development Officer, Charlotte County Composite
3. February 2014 - September 2015, Aerospace Education Officer, Charlotte County Composite
4. March 2014 - September 2015, Squadron Leadership Officer, Charlotte County Composite
5. June 2014 - September 2016, Chaplain, Charlotte County Composite
6. March 2015 - September 2016, Chaplain, Group 5 Florida Wing
7.  September 2016 - August 2018, Chaplain, Florida Wing
8. August 2018 - Present, Chaplain, Southeast Region Hq. Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL
 
FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Rating:  Mission Observer, Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Airplane, Commercial Pilot, Instrument, Airplane, ASEL, AMEL, Advanced Ground Instructor
Aircrew:  C172, C182
 
OPERATIONS QUALIFICATIONS:
Mission Chaplain
Mission Pilot
Transport Mission Pilot
Mission Observer
Mission Scanner
Orientation Pilot
Orientation Pilot (AFROTC)
Instructor Pilot
 
MAJOR AWARDS and DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Award 
Commander’s Commendation Award
Gill Robb Wilson Award
General Carl A. Spaatz Award (#708)
 
SPECIALTY TRACKS:
Cadet Programs, Master
Aerospace, Senior
Chaplain, Master
Safety, Technician
Standards and Evaluation
Character Development
 
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
The Spaatz Association, Member
Conference of Diocesan Executives, Past President
"Gathering of Leaders”, Member
Association of Campus Ministries, Board Member

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:
Southeast Region Senior Chaplain of the Year, 2015
Florida Wing Senior Chaplain of the Year, 2015
Tennessee Wing Cadet of the Year, 1985
Frank G. Brewer, Sr. Civil Air Patrol Memorial Aerospace Award (Southeast Region), 1985

MINISTRY:
Congregational Manager/Lay Minister – Lamb of God Lutheran Episcopal Church, Fort Myers, FL (2005 – 2007)
Ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church (2009)
Ordained Priest in the Episcopal Church (2010)
Rector – St. David’s Episcopal Church, Englewood, FL (2010 to 2012) 
Canon for Ministry Development – Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida – 2013 to Present
Rector (Priest) – St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL – 6/2018 to Present

EFFECTIVE DATES of PROMOTION:
Cadet Colonel October 1981
Captain January 2002
Major October 2015
 
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