Thu, Aug 30, 2007
Honorees Took Part In Training Exercise That Turned Real
When they went up that
morning, it was supposed to be for a training exercise.
While preparing for participation in a statewide search and
rescue training exercise April 28, four Georgia Civil Air Patrol
members wound up being assigned a real mission when a Piper Tomahawk went
With what little information was available, squadron members
responded with two aircraft and began the search for the Piper that
had disappeared the day before while en route from Hilton Head, SC
to Cincinnati, OH. A search area had been narrowed to Dawson County
in the North Georgia Mountains.
That afternoon, one of the aircrews located the wreckage on a
ridge near Dawsonville. Ground search teams were quickly mobilized,
but the pilot was deceased upon their arrival. No passengers were
Unit Commander Lt. Col. Greg Clasen, Maj. Brett Slagle, Maj.
Thomas McBroom, 1st Lt. Bob Johnson and former squadron member 1st
Lt. Sam Levie (now on the Georgia Wing Headquarters staff) of the
Peachtree City-Falcon Field Composite Squadron were each awarded
the US Civil Air Patrol Find Ribbon given for "making a find
(distress or nondistress) on a search and rescue mission."
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