Civil Air Patrol, Peachtree City changes command

Wed, 04/25/2007 - 8:34am
By: The Citizen

Civil Air Patrol changes command

Lt. Colonel Greg “Claw” Clasen, of Peachtree City, Ga., has assumed command of the Civil Air Patrol, Peachtree City – Falcon Field Composite Squadron.

Group III Commander Lt. Colonel Joseph L. Knight Jr. presided for the change of command ceremony as Lt. Lt. Colonel David Shelby relinquished command of the squadron to Clasen.

Shelby has commanded the squadron for the last four years during which time the unit has grown in both membership and expertise.

Clasen is a graduate of the USAF Academy and served a distinguished career of 20 years on active duty military service with the U.S. Air Force as an F-15 fighter pilot and squadron commander. Now retired, Clasen once again puts on the uniform, but this time the Air Force blue of the Civil Air Patrol, the U. S. Air Force Auxiliary.

Prior to assuming his present command, Clasen served as the squadron’s operations officer and activities officer. “Claw,” as he’s affectionately known at the squadron, is currently employed as a pilot for Delta Airlines.

The local squadron is the Peachtree City-Falcon Field Composite Squadron, GA-116, whose members include cadets age 12 to 21 and adults.

Civil Air Patrol, the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization which performs 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. For more info, visit

(L-R) Lt. Colonel David Shelby, Lt. Colonel Joe L. Knight Jr. and Lt. Colonel Greg Clasen. Photo/Special.

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