Two officers of the Socorro Composite Squadron received awards from Civil Air Patrol's (CAP) six-state Southwest Region. Major Glenn Mauger was named the region's Communicator of the Year and Lt. Col. Dave Finley was named the Public Affairs Officer of the Year, both for 2017.
The annual award recipients "are being recognized for their very significant contributions to our organization, communities and nation," said Southwest Region Commander Col. Joe Smith.
"We are proud of the outstanding work these award winners do," said Col. Mike Lee, New Mexico Wing Commander.
Both Mauger and Finley are charter members of the local squadron, which was formed in 2007.
Mauger has served as a communications officer for the squadron since its founding, and became the New Mexico Wing's Director of Communications in 2016.
He has an extensive background in electronics, radio communications, and computers, starting with a part-time job in a radio/TV repair shop as a high-school student.
Mauger worked for the IBM Corporation for more than three decades and for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory for 13 years.
In addition to his work with CAP, he also volunteers for Socorro County's Emergency Management Office as a radio communications expert.
Mauger is a veteran of the Ohio Air National Guard.
The Communicator of the Year award was established "to recognize a current member who has made a significant contribution to the CAP Communications Program as a whole."
Finley served as commander of the Socorro Composite Squadron from 2007 to 2015, and also handled public affairs duties for the squadron.
He was public affairs officer for the New Mexico Wing from 2009 to 2016, and currently serves as Historian for the Southwest Region.
Finley was an editor and writer at The Miami Herald for more than 11 years, and edited that newspaper's science/medicine section.
Finley worked in publications and management roles for firms serving the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland AFB and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI. Finley has been Public Information Officer for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro since 1992.
He is a past president of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce.Finley is a veteran
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The Colonel Robert V. (Bud) Payton Public Affairs Officer of the Year award "recognizes the PAO who epitomizes the public affairs program of CAP," and "provides outstanding and exemplary support" for CAP's missions.
Mauger and Finley both are amateur radio operators, and in addition hold commercial radio operator licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Both also are past presidents of the Socorro Amateur Radio
CAP's Southwest Region includes Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually.
CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local
In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.
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