Capt. Herman R. Dennington became the Civil Air Patrol's Medford Composite Squadron commander Aug. 8 during a ceremony held at the Medford airport.

Capt. Herman R. Dennington became the Civil Air Patrol's Medford Composite Squadron commander Aug. 8 during a ceremony held at the Medford airport.

Dennington spent time in the Air Force as a crew member on a C-124 cargo aircraft, then as a maintenance instructor for Pan Am before moving to the Rogue Valley to work for Southern Oregon Skyways.

In the 1980s, he joined the Civil Air Patrol and assisted in building the current hangar at the Medford airport. He served as operations officer for all of Southern Oregon and has accrued more than 60 search and rescue missions as a mission pilot.

The Civil Air Patrol is the official U.S. Air Force auxiliary and is open to all citizens as young cadets or as adult and senior members. Cadet training revolves around a 16-step program that focuses on aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Adult members or senior activities primarily include ground and air search and rescue, and public aerospace education. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information