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CAP Inventory Affirms Stewardship of Governmental Assets

November 15, 2021

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Rapid City - South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol, has completed its annual inventory of all CAP property, with no discrepancies. The survey audit is performed each year to ensure that property supplied by federal and state funds is accounted for and managed wisely. “Civil Air Patrol holds in trust property received or funded from governmental and private sources and it must be accounted for and used properly,” said Col. Nick Gengler, CAP’s South Dakota Wing commander. “Of course, there are many legal restrictions and conditions for its care and use, but even more important is CAP’s obligation as public servants to be scrupulous in caring for the property and funds provided to us.” South Dakota Wing manages property funded from federal and state sources valued at over $2.5 million to support its operational missions, youth program and aerospace education program. At the beginning of each fiscal year, CAP units across the country verify the condition, location and requirement for retention of all property, tracked in CAP’s national Operational Resource Management System database. Inventories are complete when all individual items have been revalidated and the conditions and locations of all items have been verified. Any lost, damaged, destroyed or misappropriated items must be investigated via a formal process prescribed in CAP regulations. In South Dakota Wing, however, no missing or damaged property was identified, making this year’s inventory 100% successful. “In every CAP unit across the state, members double-checked their inventory records to ensure that nothing is missing and that all equipment is in serviceable condition,” said Maj. Jonathan Owen, director of logistics for South Dakota Wing. “The survey audit includes our aircraft and vehicles, of course, but also a wide range of other communications gear, supplies and equipment assigned to the wing or purchased with governmental funds.” CAP is the civilian auxiliary of the Air Force, with responsibilities that are part of the USAF’s support to civil authorities to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance. With close to 400 members in South Dakota and units 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 disaster response and other support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies.

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