22814078_10214633930791881_2542841118491107050_nTuscaloosa Civil Air Patrol pilots and crew members over the last few months have beenĀ helping to train new Army air traffic controllers from Fort Rucker.

With their portable precision radar systems, the ground controllers would guide the CAP airplanes in approaches to the runway, where they would do a low pass and circle back for more.

Great experience for the Tuscaloosa crews and the Army was really appreciative of the training their students received. Looks like it will be a continuing program.

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Tuscaloosa Squadron AL024 is a unit of the Alabama Wing of the Civil Air Patrol and serves as official civilian Auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF).

Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations. It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: Emergency Services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; Aerospace Education for youth and the general public; and Cadet Programs for teenage youth.

In addition, CAP has recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions. CAP also performs non-auxiliary missions for various governmental and private agencies, such as local law enforcement and the American Red Cross.

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