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Texas Wing Acquires New Permanent Training Facility in Nacogdoches

posted Jun 10, 2012, 5:10 AM by Winston Cutshall

NACOGDOCHES -- Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing has won a bid to acquire the former Texas Army National Guard armory and transform the onetime military site into a permanent state-level instructional facility.


The nearly 11,000 square-foot armory sits on 4.99 acres adjacent to the A.L. Mangham, Jr. Regional Airport and, upon completion of renovations, “will be the perfect location for us to put in a training center,” said Col. Brooks Cima, CAP’s Texas Wing Commander.


Upon completion of the improvements, CAP will re-name the facility in honor of Gen. D.H. Byrd, the first Texas Wing commander, Cima said.


“He was quite a colorful character in Texas history and quite a colorful figure in Civil Air Patrol history, as well,” she said.


Cima describes the future D.H. Byrd Training Center as “filling a large gap that Texas Wing has had strategically for emergency services purposes” because of its location between Baytown and Tyler, the only two CAP flying units in East Texas. The facility will be used for emergency response instruction, schools and seminars and, because the nearby Mangham Airport features a remote-control aircraft area, for cadet aerospace education programs that include model aircraft and rocketry.

The armory was built in the mid-1950s and will require substantial renovation, including upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, such as mobility ramps and personal comfort accommodations. Cima anticipates that ADA compliance work, along with painting, the installation of a new air conditioning system and “a little new wiring here and there” can be completed in about six months.


“The building is in very good shape, and the engineers who have looked at it say that they think it will last for another 50 years, said Cima. “It will be well done, though. By the time we get done with it, It will be a facility that all the Texas Wing members can be proud of.”

For additional information, contact:

Capt. Morgan Montalvo, CAP

Texas Wing Dir. of Public Affairs