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Remembering Col. Warder L. Shires

March 10, 2021

On Saturday, March 6, 2021, CAP lost one of its own. Col. Warder L. Shires, born on March 23, 1932 in Red Oak, Iowa was a man who spent a bulk of his life not only serving his country, but volunteering to make a difference in the lives of others through many organizations. He utilized the Civil Air Patrol to do this all while mentoring the many cadets within the organization, by which he would become the Wing Commander for the state of Nebraska.


Col. Shires had an illustrious career. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where took part in the ROTC program available and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1954. He would later return to gain his Masters of Science in Education. As an Air Force officer, he had the pleasure of flying a variety of aircraft. He flew the T-6, TB-25, T-28, T-33, T-29, T39, B-47, C-46, C-47, C-54, C-119, C-123, F-80, EC-135C, and the KC-135.



Jan 1954 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

May 1977 Masters of Science in Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



The Air Medal (Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster) Vietnam, 1971

The Distinguished Flying Cross (First Oak Leaf Cluster) Vietnam 1971

The Air Force Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) Offutt AFB, Nebraska 1975

The Civil Air Patrol Meritorious Service Award, Feb 1998

 The City of Lincoln Meritorious Service Citation, Apr 2000

 Awarded Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska, Apr 2000

The Civil Air Patrol Gill Robb Wilson Award, Mar 2000

The Civil Air Patrol Distinguished Service Award, Feb 2005

The Nebraska National Guard Homeland Defense Service Ribbon, March 2005



US Navy Reserve December 1 1950 – January 31, 1952
Second Lieutenant January 30, 1954
First Lieutenant September 29, 1955
Captain January 1, 1960
Major March 29, 1968
Lieutenant Colonel January 15, 1996
Colonel January 30, 2004


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