Civil Air Patrol news: Brookings-based Big Sioux Composite Squadron changes command


BROOKINGS — First Lt. Jacob Roth has been named the new commander of the Big Sioux Composite Squadron in Brookings. Roth is replacing Major Tyler Gross, whose four-year term ends this month. The change of command ceremony was Nov.16, with Col. Michael Marek, the South Dakota wing commander, officiating.

Roth has an abundance of experience in Civil Air Patrol, serving as the wing emergency services officer, his leadership role with the Rushmore Composite Squadron in Rapid City, as well as the time he has spent as a Civil Air Patrol cadet at the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron. Roth is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Gross, the outgoing commander, has guided and mentored cadets and senior members throughout his term as squadron commander. Although he is no longer in command, he will continue to serve both the squadron and the South Dakota wing in several roles, sharing his knowledge of Civil Air Patrol operations and as the squadron’s CyberPatriot coach.

For more information about Civil Air Patrol and the Big Sioux Composite Squadron, visit the organization’s website at