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Bush promoted to CAP southeast commander
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Capt. Richard Bush

Capt. Richard Bush of Rincon, former squadron commander of the Effingham Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, has been promoted to major and appointed commander of Group IV covering six eastern Georgia squadrons that include Albany, Douglas, Statesboro, Effingham, Savannah and Brunswick.

The announcement was made by Georgia Wing Commander Col. Richard Greenwood. Maj. Bush succeeds Maj. Gene Warnock of Guyton in the group command.

Group IV is one of four major subcommands within Georgia Wing-Civil Air Patrol. The group command is responsible for the Civil Air Patrol squadrons and operations within its area as defined above.

The group is responsible to the Civil Air Patrol Corporation and the Georgia Wing commander for ensuring that corporate objectives, policies, and operational directives are effectively executed within the group. The group commander represents the Georgia Wing commander within the group. Fully staffed with qualified and competent personnel, Group IV focuses on supporting its squadrons, exercising supervisory functions on the squadrons’ training, readiness and operations.

Group IV staff members represent Georgia Wing as hands-on representatives, at the service of the squadrons.

The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force comprised of the adult senior member staff and cadet members.  There are three primary missions: aerospace education, emergency services and cadet programs.

The aerospace education program promotes and supports air and space education, both for its own members and the general public. CAP educational programs help prepare American citizens to meet the challenges of a sophisticated aerospace society and understand its related issues.

While CAP Emergency Services has long been associated with search and rescue missions, its work also includes disaster relief and communications, as well as counterdrug and homeland security missions. Search and rescue remains an important service provided by CAP members, however. CAP flies 95 percent of all federal inland SAR missions, as directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley AFB, Va.