Lt Col Jeffrey A. Lustick

Lt Col Jeffrey A. Lustick is the Deputy Public Affairs Officer at Headquarters Washington Wing, Civil Air Patrol, McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, WA. He was appointed to this position in May of 2016.

Jeffrey became a Civil Air Patrol Cadet in April of 1983 at the Skagit Composite Squadron in Burlington, Washington. In 1984, he was earned the CAP Billy Mitchell Award, and in June of 1985, he earned the Amelia Earhart Award. In 1986, he earned his solo flight badge at the Washington Wing Powered Flight Solo Encampment held at Toledo, WA. In 1987, he earned his FAA private pilot’s license.

In 1988, Jeffrey was selected as the Cadet of the Year for Washington Wing.  Later, he was selected as the Cadet of the Year for the Pacific Region for 1988.  He also received the 1998 Pacific Region Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award in the cadet category for producing a training syllabus for the Cadet Model Rocketry Badge which was adapted for use nationwide.

In 1989, he earned the coveted General Carl A. Spaatz Award (#935), which is the highest cadet achievement in the CAP Cadet Program and earning him the grade of Cadet Colonel.  Only one half of one percent of the cadets who join Civil Air Patrol achieve the Spaatz during their service. That year, he was awarded the CAP Commander’s Commendation Award. After his promotion, he was elected as Chairman of the Pacific Region Cadet Advisory Council, a position held until 1991.

In 1990, Jeffrey was once again selected as the Cadet of the Year for both Washington Wing and Pacific Region. He was the first cadet to ever win both awards twice in their career. That year, he was also awarded a flight scholarship from the Military Order of Daedalians along with the Civil Air Patrol Meritorious Service Award for his outstanding achievements.

In 1991, Jeffrey was selected to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange program. That summer, he traveled the Netherlands with a group of cadets from around the nation.

At age 21 in 1992, Jeffrey was promoted to Captain in the Senior Member Officer program. While attending Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, WA, he served as Leadership Officer and Aerospace Education Officer at Bellingham Composite Squadron.  Jeffrey graduated from WWU in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology and Criminology.

In spring of 1994, Jeffrey enrolled at Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, WA, and transferred to the Coeur d’Alene Composite Squadron of Idaho Wing.  He was assigned at Deputy Commander Cadets. Under his leadership, the squadron’s cadet roster blossomed from just 8 cadets up to 105 active cadets by the end of 1995.

In June of 1995, he graduated from the Pacific Region Staff College held at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, AK.

In summer of 1995, Jeffrey was promoted to the grade of Major and accepted an additional duty appointment as the Director of Idaho Wing Cadet Programs. He also served as the co-editor of the Idaho Wing Journal, which was that wing’s monthly public affairs magazine.

In spring of 1996, the Coeur d’Alene Composite Squadron was recognized as the CAP Squadron of Distinction on the wing, regional, and national levels. During Jeffrey’s tenure, the squadron earned these three awards, including the National Squadron of Distinction Award, one more time in 1998. The squadron also received the CAP Unit Citation Award. For his efforts, Jeffrey was named the Idaho Wing and Pacific Region Senior Member of the Year for 1997, and was awarded the Civil Air Patrol Exceptional Service Award.

In May of 1997, Jeffrey graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law with honors and received a Juris Doctorate Degree. On October 9, 1997, he was sworn into the Washington State Bar.  On the same day, he was commissioned as an active-duty First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

In November of 1997, Jeffrey was assigned to Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE as the director of legal assistance for the 55th Wing and United State Strategic Command.  In April 1998, he graduated from the Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL.

In December 1998, the Civil Air Patrol promoted him to Lt Col, and he was appointed as the Legal Officer for Headquarters North Central Region, CAP.

In March of 1998, Jeffrey was promoted to Captain in the U.S. Air Force. In 1999, he was assigned as the Director of International and Operations Law for the 16th Special Operations Wing (now the 1st SOW) at Hurlburt Field in Mary Esther, FL. In 2000, Jeffrey received the Air Force Commendation Medal and was selected as the base Area Defense Counsel.  In April of 2001, he was elevated to the position of Circuit Defense Counsel. At that point in his career, Jeffrey had prosecuted and defended over 100 military courts-martial.

In September of 2001, Jeffrey transferred to a traditional guardsman status with the Washington Air National Guard (WA ANG) at Camp Murray in Tacoma, WA. His appointment in the WA ANG coincided with the attacks of 9/11, and he was subsequently ordered back to active status, this time as the Operational Legal Advisor to the Battle Commander at the Western Air Dense Sector (NORAD) at McChord AFB.

From 2001, in his civilian legal career, Jeffrey served as the Lead Criminal Prosecutor for the City of Bellingham, WA.  He held this position until 2003.

In 2002, he became the Staff Judge Advocate for the newly formed 262d Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron (WA ANG) at McChord AFB. In 2003, Jeffrey was promoted to the grade of Major in WA ANG.

In 2004, Jeffrey opened his own law firm in Bellingham, WA, which is today known as the law firm of Lustick, Kaiman, and Madrone, PLLC. Also in 2004, Jeffrey became a legal news consultant, on-air contributor, and was a frequent fill-in talk show host for KGMI Radio AM-790 in Bellingham. He also provided legal commentary for news stories on television stations KIRO-7, KING-5 and KOMO-4 in Seattle and appeared nationally for ESPN-Radio. Jeffrey was also on national TV several times as a legal consultant and on-air guest for TruTV (formerly Court TV) in Manhattan, N.Y. between 2004 and 2006.

In 2006, Jeffrey was elected President of the Whatcom County Bar Association. He was also President of the Baker Creek Estates Neighborhood Association in North Bellingham where he helped draft the City of Bellingham’s annexation plans for the area, worked to establish safety and security programs, and founded a neighborhood block watch.

In the summer of 2007, the Commander of the WA ANG appointed Jeffrey as the State Defense Counsel, making him the first person to ever hold that position.

In 2009, Jeffrey was awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC) and received an honorable discharge, thus completing 12 years of active and reserve military service.

From September 2010 to July 2011, Jeffrey served as the Washington Wing Legal Officer. After that assignment, he became an Assistant Legal Officer for Pacific Region, CAP, serving in his position until May 2016. Between June 2013 to March 2014, Jeffrey was also the Director of Public Affairs for Washington Wing.   

During his over 30 years in CAP, has been awarded the following CAP qualification badges: Command Pilot Wings, Master Cadet Programs Badge, Senior Observer Wings, Senior Ground Team Badge, Senior Communications Badge, and the basic Emergency Service Badge.

Jeffrey is currently an attorney in private practice in Bellingham. He is an avid pilot and airplane owner.


(Current as of 12-Sep-16).