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Civil Air Patrol’s Reno Composite Squadron NV-054 Change of Command
RENO, NEVADA: After leading the Reno Composite Squadron (RCS) for 4 of the 9 years he has served in Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Major Eric Henry has stepped down as commander of the squadron. Under his leadership the squadron has almost doubled in membership which has both Senior and Cadet Programs. RCS is the largest CAP squadron in the state of Nevada. The Nevada Wing of CAP has given the squadron high marks for its Cadet Programs, Aerospace education, and community service in its reviews.
Major Henry has been instrumental in creating ties with the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority and supporting events like Honor flights of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam era veterans, Big Brothers and Sisters, and the Sparks Hometown Christmas Parade. Seniors and Cadets participate in Wreaths Across America in mid-December to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers. CAP’s search and rescue has drilled to be ready for its mission if called upon during his tenure as commander. He will remain in CAP in a background role and supply advice when called upon.
Taking over is former Deputy Commander Captain Chris Webster. Captain Webster has been with CAP for 4 years and is looking forward to adding to what Major Henry has accomplished in building the squadron to be mission ready if called upon by extensive training of current members and incorporating the Cadets further into the search and rescue mission support. The transition should be smooth as Major Henry and Captain Webster have been working on the change of command for about a year now.
In a ceremony on March 28, 2016, the command was officially changed with the help of Wing vice Commander Lt. Colonel Deb Pierce.
Northern Nevada benefits from CAP always being vigilant and ready to serve. CAP is the Auxiliary of the US Air Force and a component of the Total Force under the 1st Air Force. They have the largest fleet of single engine aircraft in the world and have over 55,000 senior and cadet members in the US with approximately 1500 squadrons. Over 85% of the inland searches are conducted by the all-volunteer organization which makes it very economical for such missions. CAP is tasked by FEMA, Homeland Security, and state agencies in times of natural disasters.