Blog: Amy Courter

Amy S. Courter served as the National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, a federally chartered nonprofit corporation and the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. from 2007-2011.

Her primary duty was to lead CAP's 61,000-plus volunteers in fulfillment of the organization's three congressionally chartered missions: emergency services, cadet programs, and aerospace education, as well as CAP's increasing role in America's homeland security.

As CAP's commander, Courter served as a Major General (2-star), the highest ranking CAP officer, and the first female to have attained that distinction in the 69 years of CAP's history.  Maj. Gen. Courter was also a member of the CAP Board of Governors, and led the CAP National Executive Committee and CAP National Board – CAP's governing and advisory bodies.

Prior to serving as national commander in 2008, Maj. Gen. Courter also held the positions of national vice commander, and national chief of staff. She joined CAP's Michigan Wing in 1979 and served as commander of the wing from 1999 to 2002.  

Courter currently serves as president of the Michigan chapter of Women in Defense, a non-profit professional networking and development organization for women and men who further national defense and security.

Since 2006, Courter has worked in the healthcare, not-for-profit and the manufacturing arenas. She has been selected to positions on numerous boards, serving both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  She was elected to vice president of the International Air Cadet Exchange Association's governing board in 2010.  Most recently, Courter joined VisionIT as its chief information officer, while also continuing to share her expertise through her instruction with Inforum's Center for Leadership, among other endeavors.

Courter's background includes 20 years of leadership at Valassis, a 2.3 billion-dollar public marketing services corporation.  First as a manager, and last as vice president of information technology, Courter set strategy and oversaw all information technology (IT) operations and projects, leading her team to a record of over 95% of all projects being completed on time and on budget.  

Courter attended Kalamazoo College, earning a bachelor of arts degree with majors in psychology and education, and secondary teaching certification in psychology, computer science, and mathematics, as well as coaching certifications in volleyball and field hockey.  She studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, totally immersed at the Université de Strasbourg during her junior year of college, all her courses being taught in French.  Courter is a native of Flint, Mich., and a graduate of Swartz Creek High School.
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