For the last three years, Captain Brian Smith has led the Klamath Falls Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) successfully. On February 7 CAP held a Change of Command Ceremony as Captain Smith was honored for his commitment to the Squadron. The ceremony was performed by Oregon Wing CAP Commander, Colonel Billy Ray, and Vice Wing Commander, Lt. Colonel Rogers Walker.
Captain Smith is not leaving the Squadron, rather he is stepping down from his role as he assumes new responsibilities. During the ceremony, Smith was honored for his talent, leadership, and caring dedicated service during the last 3-years.
Chief Cliff Warrick was promoted to Captain before taking over command of the Squadron. Warrick has been the Squadron’s Communications Specialist and the Oregon Wing HF Radio Message Station for the past two years.
Warrick spent 30 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as Command Chief Master Sergeant after an honorable and remarkable career which included working at the Pentagon, US Air Forces Europe Inspector General Team, and he supported the first 3 space shuttles as a member of the Landing Team. Warrick’s Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Services career field brings an enormous and valuable set of skills to the Squadron.
The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the US Air Force whose mission is to provide aerospace education, a cadet program and emergency services, including search and rescue operations. Youth, ages 12 to 18 participate in this program.