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Dallas Composite Squadron Celebrates Change of Command Ceremony

posted Aug 11, 2018, 8:12 AM by Scott Carter   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 6:14 PM ]

SPR 10-08-18

391st Composite Squadron

Group III, Texas Wing

Civil Air Patrol





Dallas Composite Squadron Celebrates Change of Command Ceremony


DALLAS- The weekly 391st Composite Squadron meeting on July 30th included an extraordinary event. That highlight of the evening was the Dallas Composite Squadron Change of Command Ceremony, with Major John Stafford retiring as Squadron Commander. Maj Stafford transferred the official CAP squadron guidon to Group III Commander Lt Col Phillip Crawford, and then Lt Col Crawford turned to present the squadron guidon to the incoming squadron commander, Major Scott Knightly. Major Knightly joined 391st squadron five years ago and is highly qualified in numerous Civil Air Patrol (CAP) specialties as a result of his 18 years as a CAP member. 391st will be led by an outstanding member.


Knightly began his CAP career as a cadet on September 15, 2000 in Maine, and quickly advanced through the cadet ranks, achieving the Billy Mitchell and Amelia Earhart milestone awards. As an adult, Knightly transitioned to the adult member ranks and continued his professional growth and education in CAP, adding to his list of accomplishments. Some of those include qualification as Mission Scanner, Mission Observer, Airborne Photographer, Urban Direction Finding Team, Flight Line Marshaller, Flight Line Supervisor, and Mission Radio Operator – and that’s just to name a few!


In addition to the broad reach of Knightly’s specialties, he has also served in duty positions that include Public Affairs, Communications, Finance, Personnel, and Professional Development across the country, with membership in the CAP Wings of Maine, Maryland, Florida, and Texas. If Scott Knightly gives the appearance of an over-achiever, his parents may be credited with providing the model of excellence. Lt Col Ken Knightly serves in the Northeast Region of CAP as Assistant Inspector General, and Col Merrie Knightly is the Northeast Region Assistant Critical Incident Stress Management Officer. The Knightlys make service to their community, state, and nation a priority in the family. Dallas Composite Squadron waits for the legacy to continue.


Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 58,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit for more information or contact:                                       

                                             Blanca Applewhite, 1st Lt CAP

                                             Public Affairs Officer

                                             391st Composite Squadron

                                             Civil Air Patrol