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SUI a Huge “Success”

posted Feb 6, 2013, 11:54 AM by Lana Holub

The Dallas Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) received the rating of “Successful” on its Subordinate Unit Inspection (SUI) conducted on January 26, 2013. A “Successful” rating means that:

 “Performance or operation meets mission requirements.  Procedures and activities are carried out in an effective and competent manner.  Resources and programs are efficiently managed.  Minor deficiencies may exist, but do not impede or limit mission accomplishment.”

The inspection began at 0830 with a briefing by the inspectors.  Each area of the squadron’s operations was inspected individually.  Staff members responsible for each section were present to discuss and answer the inspector’s questions and provide documentation of the squadron’s compliance.

Subordinate Unit Inspections (SUIs) are conducted by region, wing or group headquarters on units subordinate to their headquarters as part of the CAP Assessment Program which consists of inspections, staff assistance visits and self-assessments.  The CAP Assessment Program exists to protect the CAP organization by ensuring compliance with the various laws, rules, policies and agreements governing CAP programs and helps members meet the demands of CAP’s many rules, regulations and policies.

At the end of the inspection, which, lasted the nearly 8 hours, squadron commander, Lt Col Bobby Sides received the good news during the debriefing session.  “My thanks and appreciation to all the members of the Dallas Composite Squadron who help keep this unit ready to serve our community, state and nation,” said Lt Col Sides.  “It’s not difficult to pass an inspection when you concentrate on doing things by the regulation all the time.”

Lt Col Sides has been commander of the Dallas Composite Squadron since April 2011 and this is his first SUI as squadron commander.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 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.