The Maui News - Maui Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol commander Lt. Col. Randal Leval was recognized as Outstanding Member of the Year for the Pacific region.
Hawai'i Wing Commander Col. Roger Caires said he believes Leval is the first nominee from Hawai'i to receive the award for the region, which is made up of western states.
Caires said Leval "was selected because of his history of exceptional work within Civil Air Patrol."
"As the squadron commander, he's consistently done very well in the search-and-rescue mission of Civil Air Patrol," Caires said. "He's been involved a long time, since he was a high school student."
The Civil Air Patrol has more than 550 members statewide, with 40 members belonging to the Maui Composite Squadron at Kahului Airport.
Leval and other regional nominees will be considered for the national award.
Leval also received a commander's commendation from the Civil Air Patrol Hawai'i Wing commander.
Leval, a self-employed radio communications consultant, is a retired Maui Police Department lieutenant. He joined CAP in 1975 and has been the squadron commander of the unit at Kahului Airport for more than 10 years. He is also a search-and-rescue mission pilot and incident commander.