Recent News

CAP Vector

posted Dec 30, 2013, 12:47 PM by Ron Kratz   [ updated Dec 30, 2013, 12:48 PM ]

The latest issue of “CAP Vector” is now available at:  “CAP Vector” is a quarterly, online news and information tool designed to “get the word out” about CAP initiatives, events and programs.

Civil Air Patrol Volunteer, the 40th edition

posted Dec 30, 2013, 12:47 PM by Ron Kratz   [ updated Dec 30, 2013, 12:48 PM ]

The latest digital version of the Civil Air Patrol Volunteer, the 40th edition published since the magazine was launched in 2006, is now available at

Website Gets a Fresh Home Page

posted Nov 11, 2013, 8:40 PM by Ron Kratz

As you can see, the home page has a new look and feel.  If you have suggestions for the website, see the Squadron Commander.

CyberPatriots Visit Digital Forensics Lab

posted Aug 14, 2012, 10:14 AM by Terry Pennington   [ updated Aug 15, 2012, 11:17 AM by Keith Burley ]

Members of the Crusader Squadron CyberPatriot Team were given a hands-on tour of the US Postal Inspection Service Digital Forensics Lab last week. The Cadets were shown how data can be extracted and recovered from computer drives, even if the data has been deleted, and how the information gathered can be used to prosecute criminals.  

They were also given a demonstration of how the Postal Service deals with suspicious packages and “white powder letters”, and how different substances are analyzed to determine if they are dangerous or bogus.

Special Thanks goes to 1Lt. Keith Burley for the tour.

Crusader Cadets Show Colors at Kaboom Town

posted Jul 17, 2012, 6:42 PM by Crusader CAP   [ updated Jul 17, 2012, 6:45 PM ]

On July 3, 2012, cadets from the Crusader Squadron presented the colors at Kaboom Town in Addison as part of the 4th of July celebration.  Over 200,000 area residents enjoyed the evening including local bands, the Dallas Wind Symphony, an airshow with a F-16 flyover, and a 30 minute fireworks spectacular rated as one of the top shows in the country.

Crusader Squadron Members Participate in Mountain Flying Training

posted Apr 30, 2012, 6:10 AM by Crusader CAP

Several members from the Crusader Squadron participated in Mountain Flying Training in Alpine, TX over the weekend of April 20 - 22, 2012. Included in the group were Lt. Col. Ned "Doc" Beiser, Capt. Barry Hosford, Capt, Leonard Ellis, Capt. Terry Mathews, 1st LT Josh Davis and 1st LT Keith Burley. The squadron assigned aircraft, N455CP, was flown to Alpine and utilized in the training.
The training included information and demonstration of how to properly and safely operate in a mountainous terrain while performing low and slow searches. Four of the six members that traveled to Alpine received requalification in mountain flying, a certification that is valid for 2 years.

Alpine Photos

Crusader Squadron Answers the Call, Part 2

posted Apr 9, 2012, 12:28 PM by Keith Burley   [ updated Apr 9, 2012, 12:30 PM by Crusader CAP ]

On Wednesday April 4, 2012, the Civil Air Patrol was once again called upon to provide support in the recovery efforts following the tornado breakout on April 3, 2012. The request came from the Texas Department of Emergency Management for aerial photographs of the tornado damage which occurred in the Arlington area. 

Answering the call for the second day in a row was Captain Barry Hosford with his crew consisting of Mission Observer 1st LT Gail Pigeon and Photographer 1st LT Bruce Hutto. The sortie was again launched from the Grand Prairie Municiple Airport. Several photograph's were taken of the damage areas, concluding with the safe return of the crew.

Supporting the mission on the ground was Captain Dick Hughes, providing communications support. 

Civil Air Patrol Responds to Storms

posted Apr 4, 2012, 7:45 AM by Crusader CAP   [ updated Apr 9, 2012, 12:32 PM by Keith Burley ]

In the aftermath of the tornado outbreak, which occured on April 3, 2012, the Crusader Squadron was called into action. Members from the squadron were tasked with launching an air sortie as well as providing communication support for that sortie. The crew assignments were coordinated with Major Jack Browning and Lt. Col. Russell Miller. 
The mission base was staffed by Major Jack Browning, assisted by Captain Ken Pruitt, 1st LT Gail Pigeon, SM Forest Gilbert, C/SrA Kenton Pruitt and C/AB Tyler Durst.
Tasked as air crew, Captain Barry Hosford and 1st LT Keith Burley responded. The air crew launched from Grand Prairie Municiple airport at approximately 1900L bound for the Lancaster, TX. Several photo's were taken of the damage area. The mission concluded with the safe return of the air crew.

Website Updates

posted Mar 22, 2012, 6:48 AM by Crusader CAP   [ updated Mar 23, 2012, 7:53 AM by Gail Pigeon ]

This week there have been a few updates to the website. The two biggest updates include the ability to submit requests to add information to the squadron calender and to have items posted to the squadron events page.
We are adding new pages to the Members Pages section all the time so keep your eyes to the lower left corner to see what is new. This week we have created a page for safety.
As always, your thoughts and comments are welcomed. Visit the Contact Information page to share your thoughts with the website team.

Preparing for Inspection

posted Mar 3, 2012, 10:58 PM by Jack Browning   [ updated Mar 7, 2012, 8:22 AM by Crusader CAP ]

As part of the Wing Compliance Inspection several members participated in an aircraft field day to clean the squadron aircraft. Thanks to the  Bairds, Gillens, Browning, Burley and Hughes for helping.

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