CAP earns praise from Air Force

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The New Mexico wing of the Civil Air Patrol earned a rating of "Outstanding" — the highest possible rating — from a U.S. Air Force team during a formal evaluation exercise Sept. 13-14.

Three Socorro members were on the principal staff of the exercise, which saw CAP personnel from across the state responding to emergency scenarios presented in real time to test their effectiveness.

Socorroans participating, and their roles in the exercise, were: Major Glenn Mauger, communications unit leader; Captain Dennis Hunter, safety officer; and Maj. Dave Finley, public information officer.

Following the exercise, the Air Force evaluators presented their initial report to the participants. Of 16 separate areas evaluated, the New Mexico Wing received 11 "Outstanding" ratings, with the remainder either "Successful" or "Highly Successful." The wing's overall rating was "Outstanding," making it the only wing in CAP's Southwest Region to receive the top rating. The three sections led by Socorro members all received "Outstanding" ratings.

Participants included CAP pilots and aircrew members, the ground search team, and command and support personnel. Both adult CAP members and cadets, youth from 12-18, are part of the New Mexico team.