A new novel, titled A Time for Patriots, is the latest book in the current series based on Dale Brown’s main character Air Force Lt Gen Patrick McLanahan. Now retired, he and his cadet son are active participants in the fictitious Battle Mountain Nevada Civil Air Patrol Squadron.
While the fictional Squadron is involved in a search-and-rescue (SAR) mission for a crashed light aircraft, a terrorist group flies an aircraft containing radioactive material into the Reno Nevada Federal Building. With the U.S. economy in a deep recession, the novel has the Civil Air Patrol’s uniformed civilian unarmed volunteer members rising to the task of protecting their countrymen, using their military skills in the sky and on the ground to hunt down the violent terrorists.
Local southwestern Florida CAP units, headquartered at airports in Naples, Marco Island and Punta Gorda, will be glad to answer questions concerning Civil Air Patrol. The novel is available in local libraries and bookstores.
Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force’s uniformed volunteer civilian auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 113 lives in fiscal year 2010. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 69 years. For more information on CAP, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com