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Lt
Col Michael S. Lazaroff, JD, Squadron 712 CC

Lieutenant Colonel Lazaroff has served as the Squadron Commander of Butler County Composite Squadron 712 since November 2016. He has served in CAP for over 20 years, but began his CAP career in the New York wing while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force. He has completed over ten years as the Group 1 Legal Officer, and several stints as the Group 1 Professional Development Officer, Group 1 Communications Officer, and Vice Wing Director of Communications. 

Additionally, Lt Col Lazaroff is a Skills Evaluator for Mission Radio Operator and Communications Unit Leader. He has also completed all five levels of the Senior Member professional development program and holds a Senior rating in Professional Development and Master’s ratings in both the Communications and Legal specialty tracks. His CAP service has been recognized with two CAP Achievement Awards and a Wing Commander's Commendation.

Lt Col Lazaroff has served for 20 years in the United States Air Force in civil engineering and in communications, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant (E-7) and being awarded a Purple Heart medal for his duties. Today, he owns his own business in Saxonburg as a bankruptcy and debt lawyer, graduating with his law degree from Duquesne.

Lt Col Lazaroff has earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from New School University, a Master of Science in Management Science from Binghamton University, and his JD from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2006.

In his free time, Lt Col Lazaroff likes to work on his 1957 Ford Thunderbird and attends every hamfest possible.

Karns
Capt Gary Karns, Squadron 712 Deputy CC for Seniors (CDS)

Capt Karns has been serving as the CDS of Squadron 712 since January 2017. He has served in CAP continuously since 2008. His previous CAP service includes Health Services Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Recruiting and Retention Officer, Leadership Officer, and Testing Officer. He holds a Technician rating on the Health Services specialty track and has completed Level II of the Senior Member Professional Development Program.


Nussbaum
1st Lt Joshua M. Nussbaum, Squadron 712 Deputy CC for Cadets (CDC)

1st Lt Joshua (Josh) M. Nussbaum discovered CAP and Squadron 712 when he met Major Keith McMillen (immediate past Squadron 712 CC) at a Boy Scout meeting. Lt Nussbaum joined CAP in 2015 and immediately immersed himself in the CAP SM PD program, earning his Level III in under three years of joining CAP. Lt Nussbaum's previous duty positions include Testing Officer, Cadet Activities Officer, and Communications Officer in Squadron 712, CDC in the Beaver County Composite Squadron 704, and the PAWG Group 1 IT Officer and Cadet Advisory Council mentor. His specialty track ratings include a Senior rating in Communications and Technician ratings in both IT and Cadet Programs.

Lt Nussbaum is attending the American Sentinel University, and through its partnership with CAP, is pursuing his Master's degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics. He previously attended the Pennsylvania State University and earned two Bachelor's degrees: one each in Psychology and in IT. Lt Nussbaum is employed as a social worker, but his previous work experience includes database architecture, analyst, and project management.