News‎ > ‎

Profile - 1st Lt Servet Atbas

posted Apr 5, 2013, 5:04 PM by Winston Cutshall
You can’t really appreciate freedom, unless you have lived in a country where there is no or little individual freedom.

Servet Atbas was born in Istanbul, Turkey and lived there until he was five years of age. At that point in his young life his parents moved to a small city on the Mediterranean coast where he attended school and eventually joined the Turkish Air Force. He achieved the two-stripe rank equal to an E-3 in the U.S. Air Force. After his promotion to non-commissioned officer he became eligible to attend technical school where he was trained as an accountant and clerical assistant.

Upon completion of tech school he was assigned as an assistant budget officer at a Turkish Air Force base. He eventually became the budget officer controlling all monies spent by the base units. During his tour of duty, Servet was charged with the responsibility of making sure that foreign students pay was on a par with members of the Turkish Air Force. If a students pay was less than a Turkish airman it was Servet’s job to adjust their pay. Servet was later assigned to NATO headquarters and was assigned as an aide de camp to a three star Turkish Air Force General. After 17 years of continuous service in the Air Force he became eligible for retirement. After retirement he must wait an additional five years before he can begin to draw his retirement pay.

While visiting the Metroplex Servet, inquired about enrolling in an English Study program at Richland College after being accepted he was able to apply for and was granted a student Visa. Six months after enrolling in Richland he met his wife to be a fellow student from Peru. His wife held a nursing degree from a Peruvian university and has since obtained her nursing license to practice in the United States.

Last summer, Servet had a visit from a close friend from Turkey. The visitor was an air traffic controller. He said he couldn’t believe that it was possible to just go out to an airport, rent a plane and fly any where in the country with little or no restrictions or supervision. Servet, said “that’s what freedom is all about, the freedom to do what you want to do, when you want to do it without interference from government.” There is no general aviation or private air travel system in Turkey. Flying is restricted to very wealthy individuals and military aircraft.

With his immigration to the United States, Servet moved from Los Angeles to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and immediately recognized the opportunities available to him. It wasn’t long before he established a personalized limousine service providing executive transportation to DFW airport and other business locations throughout the Metroplex.

Once his limo service was established he began to search for ways to become involved in and service to his community. Since he was a retired Air Force veteran it was only a matter of time until he found the Civil Air Patrol and became an active member of the 391st Composite Squadron, Group III, Texas Wing.

Servet obtained his private pilot license and instrument ratings while living in Los Angeles. He has achieved the senior rank of 1st Lt. and is training with the goal of becoming a mission pilot as quickly as possible. When asked why CAP? He replied “I love flying and I love aviation, I have to be close to it and the Civil Air Patrol is the best place for me to remain active as a pilot and maintain my involvement in the community and general aviation”.

Lt Col Bob Sides, the 391st Composite Squadron Commander said, “Servet is the type of pilot we are looking for…smart, serious, and involved. He has a great future ahead of him both as an individual and as a member of Civil Air Patrol.”


Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more tha 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force Auxiliary role. Performs 90 percent of all continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the

AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its’ volunteers also perform Homeland Security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs.

CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. Congress has nominated the service to receive the Congressional Medal in recognition of its’ wartime service. CAP also participated in Wreathes across American, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U. S. Military veterans. Visit or for more information.

For more information contact:
Robert R. Bruton Capt CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Group III Civil Air Patrol 
(817) 685 9658 or