Evaluating Oklahoma's Civil Air Patrol

Wednesday, March 28th 2007, 6:00 am
By: News On 6

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AP) -- The state's Civil Air Patrol will receive their biennial report card this coming weekend from the US Air Force after an evaluation and training exercise in Muskogee.

Civil Air Patrol Major Charles Newcomb says Air Force reservists have designed a search and rescue and disaster relief mission and will grade every aspect of the operations of Oklahoma Civil Air Patrol's wing.

The exercise will be conducted Friday and Saturday and will include a change-of-command ceremony. Lieutenant Colonel Bob Castle will take over the command of the Oklahoma wing from Colonel Joe Smith, who will become commander of the Texas wing.

Newcomb says each Civil Air Patrol wing is evaluated every two years by the Air Force to ensure its readiness.

The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer auxiliary of the Air Force.