By Russell Slater

When 58-year-old CAP Col. John Knowles first joined CAP as a cadet back in 1972, little did he know that his involvement with the organization would blossom into a career that would lead to his commanding the Middle East Region, composed of 7 different wings. Throughout his…

Lt. Col. John Desmarais, National Director of Operations

By Russell Slater

Lt. Col. John Desmarais is one of a handful of former CAP cadets who now find themselves enjoying their work as longtime staff members at CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. …

National Radar Analysis Team Efforts Saves Lives

By Russell Slater

Thanks to modern technology and the dedicated work of a growing team of radar analysts, those who go missing are getting easier to find. Originating in 2009, the National Radar Analysis Team has grown to 11 members and their valuable…

An American Asset 75 Years in the Making

By Russell Slater

The Civil Air Patrol has come a long way in its 75-year history. What began as a national effort to coordinate civilian pilots during World War II has evolved into America’s premier public service organization. Acting as a force…

By Russell Slater

The unique state of Alaska offers unparalleled scenic beauty to its rugged population. But living in America’s frontier also comes at a cost. With only three major highways in a state a third the size of the entire continental US, modes of transportation can be radically different…

John Balke

By Russell Slater

When Cadet Senior Master Sergeant John Balke, of the Renton Composite Squadron, Washington State Wing, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in February, he and his parents didn’t know what to expect. They faced frightening uncertainty and rose to meet the daily challenges in the weeks and…

By Russell Slater

Always expect the unexpected. Cadet 2nd Lt. Emily Haskins, of the Thunderbird Composite Squadron (Utah Wing), learned just that when she saved the life of senior CAP member 1st Lt. Alanna Mabey on June 28. When Mabey was choking during lunchtime, Haskins was quick to assess the…

Ten Years Later

By Russell Slater

The name Katrina has been a popular girls’ name going back for centuries. In many ancient cultures, Katrina (and its variations) means “pure,” but for many residents of the Gulf Coast, the name conjures memories of pure terror and utter devastation caused by one…

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