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Tehachapi Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol command change

Civil Air Patrol


January 30, 2021

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Lieutenant Ruben R. Del Portillo.

A virtual change of command ceremony took place Monday, January 25, at the Tehachapi Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. In the ceremony Lieutenant Ruben R. Del Portillo assumed the role of squadron commander from the present squadron commander, Captain Sharon Agold.

Captain Agold has been the Squadron Commander since 2016 and has served both Civil Air Patrol and the community in an exemplary manner. Under Captain Agold's leadership, the squadron grew and participated in activities throughout the community. Captain Agold will remain with the unit and, among other duties, serve as an advisor to the Commander to help assure the overall success of the squadron and better serve the community.

Lieutenant Del Portillo is assuming command of the squadron. Like many organizations, Civil Air Patrol and Squadron 46 have felt the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the membership has declined. Rebuilding the squadron is the new Commanders' primary task. They are attracting new members to answer the call to serve their community during this difficult time.

Under Lieutenant Del Portillo's leadership, the squadron is now looking ahead to a new future during these challenging times. The unit members remember those who have forged the path while working to serve the community through the Civil Air Patrol missions of aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.

Squadron meetings (currently virtual) are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. To receive a meeting invitation, please contact the unit via email at When restrictions on public gatherings are lifted, they will resume meeting at the Airport FBO Office at the Tehachapi Regional Airport and welcome all visitors.

CAP Contact: Maj. Alan Baumgartner, Tehachapi Squadron Public Affairs, e-mail:

About Civil Air Patrol

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Captain Sharon Agold.

Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and 1,944 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 130 lives in fiscal 2020. CAP's 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Members also serve as mentors to about 25,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. One of the premier public service organizations in America, CAP benefits the nation with an estimated economic impact of $209 million annually. Visit http://www.CAP.News or for more information.


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