War II trained. Because, he says, the Civil Air Patrol was founded in December1941, only a week before Pearl Harbor — as an all-volunteer civilianorganization, defending America's coastline. And today, the Civil Air Patrol existsas a congressionally-mandated auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force.Stout, a Monroe native, is probably better known to area residents as JudgeStout, having served on the Monroe City Court for 20 years, retiring in 1990.These days he devotes a tremendous amount of time to commanding theChennault Squadron. He's been in aviation all his life, learning to fly as a collegestudent, even owning his own plane for a number of years. As CAP commander,Stout leads a unit of 23 volunteer members, who are citizens of the region —doctors, lawyers, engineers, dentists, radio communication specialists, etc.
Civil Air Patrol’s Charles Smith, Richard Jilot, James Breaux, Paula Bauer Webb, Michael Tyron and JudgeElvis Stout with the CAP’s plane at Monroe Regional Airport. Margaret Croft/The News-Star
The authorized mission of the Civil Air Patrol consists of three aims: aerospaceeducation, cadet programs and emergency services. This last mission —conducting search and rescue operations, reconnaissance and disaster relief —is perhaps the most dramatic and recognizable of CAP's undertakings.Stout has a photograph of the brown, swollen waters of the Mississippi River,taken at Vicksburg during the recent flood of 2011. The Chennault Squadron flewnumerous missions over three states, assisting emergency agencies.How was the photo taken?"With one of our member's cameras," Stout explains, "shot from the window."