Col Nicholas Gengler joined Civil Air Patrol September of 2000, as a cadet. Col Gengler was awarded the SD Wing Cadet NCO of the Year in 2004 and the SD Wing Cadet of the Year in 2008. Col Gengler reached the grade of Cadet Captain, earning the Amelia Earhart Award before transitioning to a Senior Member.
He became a Senior Member in 2008. He was Squadron Commander of Brookings (Big Sioux Composite Squadron) 2008 to 2012. After that Col Gengler became the Director of Operations from 2012 to 2016. In 2016 he became the Chief of Staff. In 2017 he was Senior Member of the Year.
Col Gengler has attended and taught at numerous courses, schools and academies within the SD Wing throughout his 18+ years of membership. He currently holds a Master rating in Administration, a Senior Rating in Cadet Programs and Logistics, and a Technician rating in Emergency Services. He has also served as the Encampment Commander in 2015 and 2019.
Col Gengler has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and currently manages a Research and Development Lab for Prince Manufacturing. He is married to his beautiful wife Hannah with 4 lovely children and hopes to have his kids join CAP someday. Between work, family life and CAP there is never a dull moment in his life.