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Three Promoted in Big Sioux Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

September 29, 2021

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Three members of Big Sioux Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have been promoted, based on their service and advancements in training. 

Senior Member Rudy Trias of White was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He serves as Deputy Commander of Cadets in the Big Sioux Composite Squadron. In the CAP Emergency Services program, he is qualified to serve as a mission scanner, mission observer, and airborne photographer. A senior member must serve as 2nd Lieutenant for 18 months, receive a technician rating in at least one specialty track (specific to their officer position), and take various online modules and exams in order to achieve 1st Lieutenant. Senior member promotions require a considerable amount of effort and occur less often than promotions in CAP’s youth program, known as the Cadet Program. First Lieutenant Trias must serve in his new rank for 30 months before promoting to Captain. 

Cadets Tysen King, of Volga, and Levi Murray, of Brookings, both successfully completed Achievement Number 3 in the CAP Cadet Program. In recognition of this accomplishment, they both received promotion to the rank of Cadet Senior Airman. Their achievement honors Mary Feik, who was a strong proponent of aviation, aerospace science and outer space exploration. King and Murray, with their current qualifications, are able to participate in Civil Air Patrol search and rescue operations as well as a broad range of other CAP activities. 

The CAP Cadet Program develops young leaders, ages 12 and up. Cadet members are challenged and rewarded with the confidence, self-worth, and accomplishment that comes from rising to the occasion and making a real and measurable difference. 

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For More Information:

Big Sioux Composite Squadron meets every Thursday at 6:30 PM at 413 W Second St S, Brookings, SD 57006. Adults (18+) interested in becoming involved with Civil Air Patrol may contact the Squadron Commander, Capt. Tyler Gross, via email at Youth interested in joining the cadet program (over age 12, but younger than 18) may contact the Deputy Commander of Cadets, 2nd Lt. Rudy Trias, via email at

South Dakota Wing, CAP, has over 400 members with units based in Brookings, Custer, Miller/Faulkton, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Tea. The wing can deploy its six aircraft, ground teams, and small search drones to assist in emergency response and other support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies. 

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