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Capt Lance Oakley

Captain Oakley is a proud native Arkansan currently residing with his wife and beloved chiweenie, Ruby in Mulberry, Arkansas, where they frequently host their two children and 3 grandchildren on a fabulous spread of land known as Camp Grandma.

A graduate of Arkansas Tech University, Captain Oakley has worked as a mechanical engineer for several Arkansas manufacturing companies. A 23-year career with Whirlpool afforded him the opportunity to experience and appreciate different cultures through special assignments to Mexico, India, and New Zealand.

At the close of his career with Whirlpool, Captain Oakley launched a business building and installing storm shelters while simultaneously launching his flying career. He achieved his Private Pilot rating at Southern Eagle Aviation in 2012. He has since continued his aviation education, going on to gain his CFI & CFII ratings.

Captain Oakley joined the Fort Smith Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol in September 2015 and currently serves as Director of Operations. He is proud to serve CAP as a Check Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Mission Pilot, and Orientation Pilot, and is appreciative of the opportunities he has been given through serving in the Civil Air Patrol.  Go Ridge Runners!

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