On Saturday, Michelle Anthony, Manager of the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport played host to a statewide training exercise for the Civil Air Patrol.


The training was a mock exercise, the scenario was a plane that left Searcy and never arrived at it’s destination, Blytheville. Searchers used a primary route search using a grid system and ground search units. 6 airplanes from units in Rogers, Fort Smith, Little Rock, Jonesboro and Mountain Home were utilized in the exercise according to Mr. Herb Williams, Civil Air Patrol Wing Staff/Homeland Security Coordinator. Mr. Williams also stated that the Civil Air Patrol does monthly drills all across the state.


Approximately 45 people were involved the the exercise, including Pilots, Ground Search Crews and some 16 cadets from the Civil Air Patrol.


For more information on the Walnut Ridge Airport, visit www.walnutridgeairport.com .