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CIVIL AIR PATROL COMMISSION. The Civil Air Patrol Commission was established by the Sixty-second Texas Legislature in 1971 for the purpose of improving and promoting the Texas Civil Air Patrol, a voluntary civilian organization. The commission also promoted financing of the patrol and was active in aerospace education and training programs. Almost all of the state's air-oriented search-and-rescue operations were supplied by the Civil Air Patrol, and the commission helped in the deployment of the patrol's resources, manpower, and equipment for such emergencies. Working with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the commission was also involved in improving civil defense capabilities. The commission was composed of nine members appointed by the governor with concurrence of the Senate for six-year overlapping terms. Reports to the governor and the legislature were made by the commission. The commission was abolished after sunset review in 1981 (see TEXAS SUNSET ADVISORY COMMISSION).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"CIVIL AIR PATROL COMMISSION," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 08, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.