Trident University Professor, Military Veteran Assists in Recovery Operation
Posted on January 11, 2019
Dr. David Alegre, a volunteer with Arizona’s Civil Air Patrol Prescott Squadron 206 crew, was recently honored for the vital role he played in a November search and rescue operation.
After three vacationers went missing in Arizona, Trident University International (Trident) professor Dr. David Alegre was called upon to take part in a ground search and rescue assistance operation.
On November 17th, three people drove into the Hualapai Peak area, near Kingman, AZ, and did not return. After an initial search, the Mohave County Sherriff Office (MCSO) requested assistance from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
In response, the Arizona Wing headquarters, ground teams, and three squadrons joined the operation. Dr. Alegre, a volunteer CAP mission scanner and aerial photographer, was part of the CAP Prescott Squadron 206 crew that located the vacationing party’s vehicle on November 20th in a canyon near Hualapai Peak.
The vehicle, which was unfortunately wrecked, was searched by MCSO recovery teams. This allowed authorities to afford the proper closure and recovery assistance to concerned family members.
The three aircrew members, including Dr. Alegre, were awarded the CAP Find Ribbon (Distress). This Emergency Services Ribbon is awarded to CAP members for who locate a subject on a search and rescue mission.
“I am honored to have Dr. Alegre as part of our cadre of talented homeland security professors,” remarked Dr. Rudolph Bustos, Department Chair, Homeland Security. “His background and exemplary conduct contribute to our mission of adhering to the highest standards of academic excellence.”
Dr. Alegre instructs in Trident’s College of Health and Human Services, teaching in the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security program. He joined Trident in 2013 and is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, with experience in weapons of mass destruction protection planning and hazardous materials management.
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