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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. 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, he 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 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 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.


Capt Sean O'Neil, M.Ed. Squadron 712 Deputy CC for Cadets (CDC)

Capt Sean O'Neil, M.Ed, has served more than 15 years in CAP, joining as a cadet in 1997. He served in various cadet staff positions, ultimately earning the Billy Mitchell Award. As CDC, Capt O’Neil is responsible for overseeing and administering the cadet program at Squadron 712. Capt. O’Neil has served in this position for most of his tenure in CAP.  He also has served as an Administration Officer, Aerospace Officer, Alerting Officer, and Emergency Services Officer.

Capt O’Neil received his Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in History and minor in International Affairs from Slippery Rock University (SRU) in 2011.  In 2015, Capt O'Neil received his Master of Education degree, again from SRU, as well a Pennsylvania Department of Education Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education Social Studies.  Capt. O’Neil currently serves as substitute teacher for a few Butler County school districts, while seeking a full-time teaching position.  He is also an adjunct instructor for Butler County Community College (BC3) where he has taught credit history courses. His academic interests includes American military history, modern political science and international affairs.

Capt O'Neil is a certificated Emergency Medical Technician and has been employed at Butler Ambulance Service for the last 10 years. He also is an certificated Pennsylvania Department of Health EMS Instructor and American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Instructor. From 2011 to 2014, Sean worked in the EMS & Police Training Division at BC3, working as a continuing education specialist and EMS instructor. Among his work in EMS education, Sean has completed the National Fire Academy EMS Incident Operations course and had collaborated to design training programs for public safety responders dealing with large-scale incidents.

He has been married since 2016, to his wife Katie. Katie is also a teacher, teaching 5th grade math in Allegheny County.