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April Awards and Promotions

posted May 20, 2014, 8:56 PM by lana mark   [ updated Jul 27, 2014, 10:04 AM ]

SPR 4-5-14

391st Composite Squadron

Group III, Texas Wing

Civil Air Patrol





DALLAS-It was another night of awards, promotions, and special guests for the 391st Composite Squadron Group III Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol last Monday night at the squadron headquarters, Dallas Business Jet Love Field.  Prior to the evening’s ceremonies, squadron commander Lt. Col Bob Sides announced that he had been invited to attend the CAP National Staff College based at Maxwell AFB Montgomery, Alabama.  Attendance at the college is a prerequisite for promotion to the rank of full Colonel and only attained by a quarter of 1% of all CAP adult senior members.  Upon completion of the course, attendees emerge fully qualified to become a Wing, Region, or National Commander.  Col Sides commented that he was very proud of his selection and promised to study hard and make the squadron proud of him. Congratulations, Col Sides!


Another item during the announcements was regarding the 4 Dallas Composite Squadron senior members who attended  the Mountain Flying Clinic in Alpine, Texas the weekend of April 25th. Lt Col Jim McCloud and 1st Lts Servet Atbas, Mark Holub and Brian Relin all attended the clinic which gave them experience in flying through windy, mountainous terrain and emergency services. Lt Relin said the clinic was “well organized and worked like clockwork.”  Lt Atbas recommended to everyone to have it a goal to attend Mountain Flying Clinic someday.


In addition to visitors attending the meeting for potential membership, one guest traveled all the way from Maine.  Col Merrie Knightly is Deputy Director of CAP Northeast Region Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and mother of Dallas Composite Squadron’s Capt Scott Knightly. CISM is a process that helps first responders manage the stress of working on an incident or disaster, in order to reduce the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.CAP members train for emergency services and are ready to respond to crisis situations. People like Col Knightly are ready to assist in the well-being of those who serve during emergencies. Dallas Squadron is looking forward to the next visit from Col Knightly.


The promotions for the night included Cadet Giovanni Trujillo promoting to Cadet Airman.  The Community Service Ribbon was awarded to 2nd Lt Blanca Applewhite. The ribbon signifies a minimum of 60 hours participation in community projects outside of Civil Air Patrol. 1st Lt Lana Holub, Deputy Commander for Cadets and prior recipient of the Community Service Ribbon, has tasked the cadets of 391st Composite Squadron with the goal of performing the 60 hours of community service during 2014 in order to have all the cadets achieve this level of service outside of CAP.  Look for future announcement of Community Service Ribbon winners!

Lt Col Bob Sides and Cadet Airman Giovanni Trujillo




                Lt Col Bob Sides and 2nd Lt Blanca Applewhite

Col Merrie Knightly