Maryland, Delaware and NatCap Wings Practice Disaster Relief PDF Print E-mail
Written by Will Kool   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:15
The following article originally appeared on the Maryland Wing website, Fort McHenry Composite Squadron members who participated include: Lt Col Jim Steinmeier, Capt Tony Moe, C/2dLt Jesse Nash, C/CMSgt Ryan Payne, C/TSgt Collin Stiers, and C/Amn Aspen Gustin. These members have varying levels of training and experience. Exercises such as this are a fun, and important way to practice for responding to real emergencies. Emergency Services is one of the 3 primary missions of Civil Air Patrol.

More than 100 members involved in training exercises

4/12/2014––Dozens of Civil Air Patrol members from across three states gathered together this weekend to practice responding to a disaster situation.


More than 100 members from the Maryland, Delaware and National Capital Wings responded to a practice scenario in which much of the Mid-Atlantic region was deluged with heavy rain, flooding and accompanying tornadoes.


Aerial photography crews practiced their ability to snap high-resolution images from above of 81 locations across Maryland and Delaware that are known to flood. Additionally, teams on the ground practiced taking pictures of water levels and structural damage. In a real emergency, these images would be shared with local emergency management agencies in order to determine the hardest hit areas.


Air and ground search and rescue teams were also deployed to the Hagerstown, Md. and Rehoboth Beach, Del. areas to respond to simulated distress signals. These Emergency Locator Beacons (ELTs) are present on most aircraft and boats. The devices are activated when they encounter a jolt or other abrupt movement which can be indicative of a crash or other emergency event.


A separate staff manned the Incident Command Post (ICP) in Westminster, Md. The ICP personnel planned and directed the various air and ground missions during the event and coordinated with all members participating. A Salvation Army unit based in Frederick, Md. was on hand at the mission base to provide support to CAP members participating in the disaster relief exercise, just as they would during a real event.


In all, team members completed 19 air and seven ground team sorties. This training exercise is one of many that Civil Air Patrol units hold throughout the year to ensure that members are ready to respond in an emergency.


Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit or for more information.


Nearly 1,700 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the Wing on Facebook at



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