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Ariz. Wing aircrew provides vital communications link for stranded searchers
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000

An Arizona Wring aircrew was able to establish communications Sunday with a stranded ground team that had been cut off from their base by high water during a search for a missing hiker.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office ground search and rescue team had been dispatched Friday to look for a hiker reported missing in the remote Twin Buttes area near strawberry.

After severe weather blocked the ground team’s return, the Arizona Wing was asked to provide communications support as soon as weather permitted, as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. A two-member aircrew from Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 took off at 2 p.m. Sunday in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 and headed north.

At the same time, two teams from the wing’s ground team departed for 5,204-foot Humboldt Mountain, about 27 miles southwest of the Gila County team’s location.

Less than 20 minutes after departure, the CAP Cessna made contact with the Gila County team 12,500 feet overhead. The aircrew relayed messages between all participants while aloft. 

Col. Martha Morris, Arizona Wing commander, kept tabs on the mission throughout the day. “Our air and ground teams were able to establish communications that were critical to the success of this mission,” Morris said.

The nearby Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office provided a helicopter to extract the Gila County team from the canyon. 

"It was a great relief when we heard the first radio contact between the CAP airplane and our people on the ground,” said Sgt. Dennis Newman of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office. “CAP solved a big problem for us, but we still have to go back out tomorrow to continue looking for the missing hiker.”

Maj. Paul Combellick, assistant director of emergency services for the wing, managed CAP air operations from the Deer Valley Incident Command Post and Maj. Dallas Lane, wing search and rescue officer, oversaw the Arizona Wing Ground Team. 

“Arizona Wing has a good, long-standing relationship with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office. Helping our search and rescue colleagues from Gila County was very rewarding,” Lane said.

Ky. Wing loses Kantor, commander, at age 51
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Col. Robert Kantor, commander of the Kentucky Wing, died Friday. He was 51.  

Kantor had served as wing commander since March 19, 2016. He previously had served as the Indiana Wing’s standards and Evaluation officer from May 2014-March 2016.

 He also served as squadron commander for the Louisville Composite Squadron from June 2011-July 2015 and as deputy commander of the Louisville squadron, the Frankfort Composite Squadron, South Kentucky Cadet Squadron and Louisville Metropolitan Cadet Flight. In addition, he served as the South Kentucky squadron’s emergency services officer and the Louisville Composite Squadron’s communications officer, cadet activities officer, aerospace education officer and administrative officer.

Kantor held Command Pilot, Incident Commander 1 and Ground Team Leader ratings. His vice commander, Lt. Col. Darrel Williamson, is serving as interim commander.

“We are proud of how our wing has pulled together to support each other in crisis,” Williamson said in an email. “Our sister wings and region headquarters have extended their resources to us, and encouraged us to call upon them.” 

“It is our strongest wish that our members take the time to pause in reflection and take account how to remember Col. Kantor each in our own way.  He will be sadly missed by us all across the Commonwealth. He taught us to be strong in challenging times and fearless in the pursuits of excellence in all that we aspire to do together as a wing,” Williamson said. 

“His vision lives on.  The executive team has been in constant contact over the past two days to ensure that our wing is solid in the foundation that Col .Kantor has laid for us, and we stand united to maintain the high standards that he had set for us to achieve.” 

Visitation will be held Friday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Road, Harrods Creek, Kentucky. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis in the Fields with a reception to follow in Graves Hall. CAP members are requested to wear either Air Force blues or the CAP corporate equivalent. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made for creation of a Cadet Pilot Training Program within the Kentucky Wing.

 

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