Group 2 History
In 1983, San Francisco Gp 20 and Peninsula Gp 2 underwent a consolidation. The new group would be known as the San Francisco Bay Group 2.1
|Group Commander||Date of command|
|Lt Col Noel Luneau (incumbent)||17 February 2018|
|Lt Col Brett Dolnick||3 November 2014|
|Maj Stephen Renwick||5 January 2011|
|Maj Kevin McDowell||8 January 2008|
|Lt Col Mitch Richman||1 November 2004|
|Lt Col Kenneth W. Parris||7 September 2001|
|Maj Paul Groff||1998|
|Maj William Brew||1994|
|Maj Garry L. Krum||1992|
|Lt Col Paul C. Zimmerman||1987|
|Maj Frederick Nelson||1985|
|Lt Col James M. Howell, Jr.||1983|
Group 2’s emblem was designed in 2008 by then-Deputy Commander Michael S. “Monty” Montgomery. Its symbolism is explained by former Group 2 (and California Wing) commander Ch (Col) Kenneth W. Parris:
The central feature of the shield is the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge signifies the group is geographically centered around the San Francisco Bay, from which the group derives its name. The south tower is above Fort Point, which defended the mouth of the San Francisco Bay from 1853 to 1970. It represents CAP’s early role in defending the homeland during World War II. The Golden Gate Bridge also has two towers and each tower had two vertical supports, symbolic of the two categories of members in our organization: senior members and cadets and of the group’s number, 2. The bridge tower also has three connecting cross-pieces, symbolic of the three primary missions of CAP that joins together senior members and cadets in a common purpose.
The nebuly line of partition on the shield is similar to that on the coat of arms of the US Air Force, CAP’s parent organization. In heraldry, the nebuly symbolizes clouds. The blue on the top half of the shield represents both blue skies and the Air Force Blue of the US Army Air Corps, Civil Air Patrol, and US Air Force. The grey of the lower half represents the fog that is prevalent in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The blue and silver grey joined together in the nebuly partition also represent the epaulets of the US Air Force officer above linked with the silver grey epaulets of the Civil Air Patrol officer below, symbolizing the group is part of an organization that has joined together in mission and purpose for the benefit of the whole of the American people.
The Golden Sun in the upper left of the shield represents the “Golden Gate”, which is the opening to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The nine rays of the sun represent the nine squadrons that comprised Group 2 when the patch was adopted.
1. Civil Air Patrol. California Wing. Fall, 1983. Bear Facts. http://cawghistory.cawgcap.org/files/original/60fc53e68516c07deb740afdb72cc7df.pdf.