Civil Air Patrol Shows Off Their Skills During Open House


By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Sunday was the open house for the Twin Falls Division of the Civil Air Patrol.

"The Civil Air Patrol is a civilian auxiliary to the United States Air Force. We have three roles," said Major Jim Hinen with the Civil Air Patrol.

Those three roles include community aerospace education, emergency education and the cadet program.

"That's where we bring cadets in; we try to teach them discipline, respect so that they will be good future citizens. They learn about aviation and they learn a little bit about the military," said Hinen.

And for the cadets, many of them look forward to the fun while gaining an invaluable experience.

"I got involved mainly through military ties. I would like to go into the Air Force if I can," said Thomas Collins, a cadet with the Civil Air Patrol.

The civil air patrol also provides a vital service to the community.

"We have a pilot that sits in the left seat; we have an observer who sits in the right seat and a scanner that sits in the back seat. So when we go on a search and rescue mission, the pilot will fly the route, you've got an observer that's look out the right side, a scanner looking out the left, and the scanner usually has a digital camera that has GPS capabilities with it," said Major Jim Hinen.

Giving back to the community is one of the reasons the cadets are involved in the civil air patrol.

"I'm just going out and volunteering and flying, you got to love flying," said Ricky Baptista, a cadet with the Civil Air Patrol.

An organization that is often unheard of, but is always ready to serve.

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