Colonel David L. Roberts serves as the Commander of the Oklahoma Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP). CAP is a congressionally charted organization with three primary missions – Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education. When performing missions assigned by 1st Air Force, CAP is deemed to be an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
Prior to his current assignment Colonel Roberts served as the Vice Commander, Director of Emergency Services, and Director of Personnel for Oklahoma Wing. Colonel Roberts came to Oklahoma Wing from the Missouri Wing in 2006 by chartering the Grove Composite Squadron SWR-OK-123, and served as its commander until 2012.
Colonel Roberts’ CAP background includes service in various staff assignments in both Missouri and Oklahoma Wings at the unit, group and wing levels. He holds 27 emergency services qualifications and has served in search and rescue, counterdrug and homeland security missions. He holds a CAP Pilot aeronautical rating as well as 12 master ratings and 5 senior ratings in the Civil Air Patrol's Specialty tracks.
Col Roberts was born in California, but has lived in Oklahoma for the past 50 years. A 1977 graduate of Grove High School in Grove, Oklahoma Col Roberts attended NEO A&M College, Northeastern State University and Andersonville Baptist Seminary. He holds: AA in Criminal Justice, BA in History, MTh in Theology, and a ThD in Theology. Col Roberts also holds more than a dozen computer certifications from Microsoft, Novell, A+, and Cisco.
Col Roberts CAP awards include: Exceptional Service (2), Meritorious Service (3), Commanders Commendation (2), and Achievement Awards (2). He has also received the Lifesaving, Unit Citation (4), Yeager, and Crossfield awards. Col Roberts completed the CAP professional development program and was awarded the Gill Robb Wilson Award in 2007.
Col Roberts retired in May 2017 after 36 years in public education and he is employed part-time by Grove Public Schools as the Safety Director for the school district. He was the owner and operator of Dave Roberts Taxidermy for over 20 years. Dr. Roberts is an ordained deacon and licensed minister and has served as Chairman of Deacons at First Baptist Church for over 20 years.
Col Roberts and his wife Becky, reside in Grove, Oklahoma. They have three adult children and three grand-daughters.