Civil Air Patrol lost three of its members from Wyoming last week during a search and rescue mission when the CAP Cessna 182 they were flying crashed in the Bighorn Mountains. Killed were: James Henderson, 59, of Cowley, Wyo.; Patricia Larson, 52, of Sheridan, Wyo.; and James Meyer, 53, also of Sheridan. An Aug. 22 CAP release notes that the accident took place Aug. 20 during a search effort for a 16-year-old fishing in the area and reported missing. A Forest Service-contracted aircraft working forest fires in the area spotted the aircraft. CAP is the Air Force Auxiliary that conducts 95 percent of inland SAR missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, among other missions, such as disaster relief and homeland security missions.
The Senate Appropriations Committee released its version of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act on Oct. 18, proposing an additional half billion dollars for the Space Force's 2022 budget and an extra 16 C-130Js for the Air Force, while leaving the service's requests for F-35s and F-15EXs untouched.