Civil Air Patrol Training at Tulsa's Airport

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 1/12 5:24 pm Published: 1/11 10:11 pm

Thirty members of the Oklahoma Civil Air Patrol began the first training session of the year on Saturday.

FOX23 talked with members of the group who gave us an inside look on the training.

The Civil Air Patrol uses airplanes, vehicles, computers and radios in their missions, which include search and rescue, disaster assessment and disaster relief practice.

They told FOX23 these weekend training sessions are key to keeping them sharp.

"Some of the most passionate people that I know in my life come from this organization," Civil Air Patrol Capt. Rick Rutledge told FOX23.

It's a labor of love for the members of the Oklahoma Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
"It's a good opportunity for me to give back to the community," Civil Air Patrol Maj. Jodie Gilbert told FOX23.

"We've got the cadet program, we get to work with kids. I get to help out and works with pilots to make sure our pilots are safe, we're safe, and the communities are safe as well."

As an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, 750 volunteer members statewide make up the Oklahoma Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

This weekend, ground teams are working side-by-side with air crews to perfect their skills in search and rescue and disaster relief.

Capt. Rutledge explained to FOX23: "We try to look at every possible angle, every possible incident that could happen."

The training prepares them for real life scenarios.

The Civil Air Patrol assists in 90 percent of inland search and rescues in the U.S.

"We all have a drive and a passion to serve and be servants to our community," Maj. Gilbert
told FOX23.

He's grateful he can combine his passion with serving others.

"Some consider it work, but it's really a lot of play for us," he told FOX23.

FOX23 learned The Civil Air Patrol offers a cadet program for young adults.

They can join between the ages of 12 and 18 and stay until they're 21.

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