The Civil Air Patrol's Tyler Composite Squadron hosted a change-of-command ceremony on Tuesday evening.
Outgoing commander Lt. Col. Bruce Folks passed the squadron flag to incoming commander Lt. Col. Charles "Chip" Williams in front of a crowd of about 40 senior and cadet members of the Civil Air Patrol, visitors, family, friends and media representatives.
In attendance, among others, were city of Tyler Police Chief Jimmy Toler and the Texas Department of Public Safety Chaplain Jerry Page.
The local squadron, TX-085, currently is staffed with 34 volunteer adult members and 24 cadets. In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers advocated for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions.
- Augusta Robinson