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Civil Air Patrol lands new plane in North Platte

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The North Platte Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol landed their newest plane at the North Platte Airport. Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. There are three primary missions of emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.

The Civil Air Patrol vigilant citizen volunteers search and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster, and work keeping our homeland safe.

“We are excited to serve not just here in North Platte but all across the state,” said Dean Dike Deputy Commander for the North Platte Civil Air Patrol. “We entrust values and skills in cadets to grow and do things. The fact is it is all really about the youth. We need help from the senior members to help train up the youth for tomorrow.”

There are now six aircraft in Nebraska and one in North Platte.

The Civil Air Patrol mission statement is “supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power.” Many of the nation’s astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through Civil Air Patrol.

“We teach rocketry, ground services, flying, emergency service, there is so much that the Civil Air Patrol has to offer youth and people in the North Platte,” said Thomas Moore Commander for the North Platte Civil Air Patrol.

The origins of the Civil Air Patron date back to 1936. Since its creation, the organization has been credited for a variety of missions including the sinking of two U-Boats during World War II.