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Va., Md. Wings Helping N.C. Distribute Supplies to Florence Victims
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:39:01 -0500

Capt. Jacob Bixler
Assistant Public Affairs Officer
Virginia Wing

Hundreds of Civil Air Patrol members from three wings are making an impact this week on the lives of thousands of families visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Points of Distribution (PODs) for vital supplies in North Carolina.

The CAP-trained POD teams are distributing MREs (meals ready to eat) and bottled water, in addition to other emergency supplies like ice and tarps, in storm-stricken communities in the Tar Heel State.

About 80 members of the North Carolina Wing, including cadets as young as 15, are working at the POD sites this week. They have been joined by 120 CAP members from the Virginia Wing and another 30 from the Maryland Wing.

The CAP teams are staffing four distribution sites – three in the Wilmington area and the other in Deep Run. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic is being routed, with the assistance of the North Carolina National Guard, in an assembly-line structure as cadets hand out a case of water and MREs to each family visiting the site. Pallets are off-loaded from tractor-trailers and set up as the supplies are quickly distributed to the community.

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Over the first two days, 5,974 cases of water, 6,105 cases of MREs and 1,700 tarps were distributed. On Wednesday. the Maryland Wing members provided supplies to people in 905 vehicles, delivering 10,860 MREs and 28,960 bottles of water. The day before, 10,200 MREs and 20,400 bottles of water were distributed to people in 841 vehicles.

“These are very impressive numbers,” said Col. Joe Winter, commander of the Maryland Wing. “I look at it as that’s nearly 1,800 families that have food and water because Maryland Wing members answered the call to help.”

The Virginia Wing members come from across their state – including almost all city centers, such as Blacksburg, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Hampton Roads, Hanover, Leesburg, Lynchburg, Manassas, Newport News, Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia Beach and Winchester.Six teams left Virginia on Sunday for North Carolina, two more departed on Wednesday and eight more are en route today. Members are remaining in the area for five days to support the mission.

CAP, acting as the Air Force Auxiliary, is supporting Air Forces Northern during Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations following the landfall of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast. AFNORTH's primary role is to support U.S. Northern Command's efforts to provide assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Florence relief efforts.


Specially Equipped CAP Planes Conducting Florence Damage Assessment Flights
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:03:34 -0500

Civil Air Patrol is in full launch mode this week in the Carolinas, with aircrews in both states conducting aerial imagery flights with specially equipped planes in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

CAP, acting as the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is supporting Air Forces Northern (AFNORTH) during Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations following the landfall of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast. AFNORTH’s primary role is to support U.S. Northern Command’s efforts to provide assistance to FEMA's relief efforts.

Surrogate Predator video
As part of that mission, CAP has launched a Surrogate Predator plane, or Surrogate Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA), that can record video for review upon landing. The plane is flying sorties in South Carolina, complementing the more traditional Garmin VIRB and Nikon handheld camera imagery collection sorties that are also being flown.

“During this mission, our primary purpose is to support FEMA and its mission taskings,” said Lt. Col. Steve Wood, deputy commander of CAP’s Green Flag East Flight, which is based in Alexandria, Louisiana.

The Surrogate RPA, flown from its Louisiana operations base, was deployed in South Carolina to identify critical flooding issues along the upstate Lynches and Black rivers, where Florence dumped more than 30 inches of rain over the past weekend.

The aircrew flying the Surrogate RPA used the plane’s limited near real-time capability to report critical findings to supporting ground forces. They also delivered to federal and state emergency managers post-flight recordings of full-color, high-quality video taken during their flights documenting debris collection along the rivers and recording water levels as the rivers reach flood stage.

The aircrew also flew over the Intracoastal Waterway from Georgetown, South Carolina, into North Carolina. The crew recorded information concerning bridges, a lake dam and the water around these structures, which had risen significantly as a result of Florence.

CAP’s Surrogate RPAs — retrofitted with the same camera pod and controls used on unmanned aerial vehicles, such as MQ-1 Predators or MQ-9 Reapers — are typically deployed during U.S. military exercises to train troops for air-land integration combat before they deploy overseas. In a typical training exercise with a U.S. Army brigade, the full-motion video from the Surrogate RPA is live-streamed for simulation and instant decisions on the ground. In its use with FEMA and the response to Hurricane Florence, however, the crew videos the intended targets, then uploads video and extracted still photographs to the Domestic Operations Awareness and Assessment Response Tool Suite system.

Maj. Al Spain, commander of the Green Flag East Flight, said the cameras attached to the Surrogate RPA have infrared capability and can be used at night or when the cloud cover makes visual inspection of the targets difficult. He added that while the crew typically flies at 10,000 feet, the FEMA mission is being carried out around 1,500-2,000 feet.

WaldoAir camera systems
In addition to the Surrogate RPA, two other specially equipped CAP planes — carrying advanced WaldoAir camera systems capable of providing a multi-spectral view of the ground — are being flown from the North Carolina Wing incident command post in Burlington, surveying heavily flooded areas of the Tar Heel State. So far, those planes have flown nine sorties totaling 16.7 flight hours, collecting roughly 27,000 images..

Aircrews from the Tennessee Wing are testing the new aerial imaging system, which officials say is producing 3-D, 360-degree views over areas damaged by Florence.

Col. Dent Young, Tennessee Wing commander, said the camera pods, developed by WaldoAir and on loan from the Franklin, Tennessee, company, have been installed on two of CAP’s Cessna 182-T planes.

Young said the pods “are collecting high-resolution imagery of areas identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to evaluate both the capabilities of the camera system and the extent of the damage to selected areas.”

The pods, Young said, collect images that can be uploaded as individual photos “as well as being processed into three-dimensional, 360-degree views that permit very detailed analysis of any damage.”

WaldoAir describes its system as an “ideal, low-cost imaging solution for agriculture, city planning, pipeline and corridor monitoring along with many other GIS image collections.”

The system, which it markets as XCAM, provides “large-area coverage with up to 17,100 pixels in cross range, while using small, single-engine aircraft,” the company said on its website.

Mission pilot Lt. Col. Ande Boyer, one of 16 ground crew and four aircrew members deployed from the Tennessee Wing for the Florence response, described the WaldoAir system as “the highest-quality and most user-friendly total package imaging and image-processing system that I’ve ever seen.”

The enhancements “make sortie planning and execution a piece of cake,” said Boyer, who serves as the Tennessee Wing’s director of finance.

And, Young added, the system’s thermal options “greatly expand our time envelope by permitting night air searches.”

Satellite imagery
CAP aircrews have been flying multiple sorties in the Carolinas since Monday, providing damage assessment imagery and other emergency service missions, such as transportation flights, for FEMA as well as emergency management agencies in both states.

Incident commanders in CAP‘s Middle East Region are keeping up with the flights through a CAP National Radar Analysis Team system that takes a fusion of radar data and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data and creates live plane tracks on a Google Earth map through satellite imagery. This imagery is displayed at incident command posts and other agency command posts where rescue and recovery air assets need to be tracked.


Vital N.C. Wing Flight Helps Restore Emergency 911 Service in Stricken City
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:20:45 -0500

Capt. Lynne Albert
Public Affairs Officer
North Carolina Wing

Photos by 1st Lt. H.J. Hazard, Charlotte Senior Squadron, North Carolina Wing
 

The North Carolina Wing conducted a vital communications flight late Sunday, enabling Jacksonville, North Carolina’s 911 system to come back online.

The CAP flight delivered critical parts to help restore the 911 emergency response system as Hurricane Florence continues to affect the area.

The CAP plane’s flight crew – Majs. Jeremy Browner and Andrew Vlack, members of the North Carolina Wing’s Raleigh-Wake Composite squadron – left Raleigh late Sunday evening and returned to Raleigh-Durham International Airport just before midnight.

After receiving the critical parts delivery, Steve Brewer, director of state government affairs at CenturyLink Inc., said, “We have the new card in the system, and services are appearing to come up. Our preliminary test calls have been successful. I'm in contact with Jacksonville E911, and they are starting test calls as well.

“None of this would be possible without the CAP. God bless all involved. Please pass along our appreciation.”

The flight was one of many CAP is making around the state transporting emergency response personnel and supplies into hard-hit areas. The North Carolina Wing is using its 18 planes and nearly 2,000 volunteer members to support reconnaissance flights and other emergency services missions for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management and other federal, state and local governments.

North Carolina Wing members are also:

  • Staffing the state Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh and the state Department of Emergency Management’s Regional Coordination Center-East in Kinston and Regional Coordination Center-Central in Butner;
     
  • Moving disaster relief supplies by both ground and air to the eastern part of the state at the Department of Emergency Management’s request; and
     
  • Deploying to PODs – Points of Distribution locations that provide emergency supplies to the public.

South Carolina Wing aircrews are also flying missions today. National Capital, Virginia and Maryland wings are also providing assistance as well, said Col. John Knowles, CAP Middle East Region commander and FEMA liaison officer to the National Response Coordination Center.

 


CAP's Desmarais Addresses Orientation Flights, Youth Aviation Initiative on FAA Panel
Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:54:17 -0500

Increasing youth interest in aviation was the topic when John Desmarais, Civil Air Patrol's director of operations, sat on the “Priming the Pipeline” panel during the Federal Aviation Association’s Aviation Workforce Symposium this morning at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.

Desmarais highlighted funding and partnerships that support orientation flights for CAP, Junior ROTC and ROTC cadets as well as teachers. He also discussed U.S. Air Force funding for CAP's Youth Aviation Initiative, which will launch in fiscal year 2019.

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson provided remarks saying that “We need to provide multiple paths for our nation’s youth to pursue aviation ... to overcome barriers of entry, primarily financial ... to develop a strategy and pathways through alliances between government, industry and consumers.”

The symposium’s themes were “Priming the Pipeline," "Pathways to Proficiency" and "Productive Partnerships.” Representatives from various agencies and industry discussed collaboration and innovation while recognizing efforts across the nation.

CAP has recently begun intensifying its emphasis on aviation training for youth in light of developing pilot shortages among commercial airlines and in the military.

 


Middle East Region Ready to Respond Quickly after Florence Landfall
Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:11:41 -0500

Civil Air Patrol’s Middle East Region has stood up an area command post so it can quickly support the CAP wings expected to bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence, including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Region members from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia also reported to Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters to man the National Response Coordination Center. The center went to Level 2 activation, requiring all liaisons to report on Tuesday. It is now at level 1, the highest level to support the communities and residents expected to be affected by Florence.

Col. John Knowles, Middle East Region commander, said, “I am proud of our airmen who are standing ready to take on whatever missions we are tasked to support, upholding our motto of Semper Vigilans.”

The North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia wings have been relocating aircraft to inland hangars, including U.S. Air Force bases within the Mid-Atlantic states. First Air Force and CAP-USAF have been coordinating support for these missions.

CAP members in the Carolinas are serving at their states’ Emergency Operations Centers. Members of the North Carolina Wing also are staffing the state Department of Emergency Management’s Regional Coordination Center-East in Kinston and Regional Coordination Center-Central in Butner.

In addition, North Carolina Wing personnel are moving disaster relief supplies from Clayton to communities around the eastern part of the Tar Heel State to support FEMA’s Points of Distribution system. That activity will continue after Hurricane Florence, with members handing out needed supplies for those affected by the storm.

Col. R. Jason Bailey, wing commander, said CAP members in his state are ready to serve. “As Hurricane Florence bears down on North Carolina, our members have secured their families and property so they can deploy for days at a time to help others,” he said. “This is truly what Civil Air Patrol is about.”

South Carolina Wing aircrews, meanwhile, continued to fly evacuation route surveys for the Palmetto State. These surveys ensure any vehicle or obstruction is identified and reported to proper agencies on the ground to keep traffic flowing. That has become increasingly important with overnight forecasts that Florence is likely to dip southward once it hits the mainland near the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

On the ground, South Carolina Wing members are working in conjunction with the aircrews to ensure continuous communication during the evacuation flights, which are expected to continue through Thursday.

Knowles said the Middle East Region area command post has been coordinating requests for resources from the affected areas, lining up wings to support missions once the storm passes and reaching out to adjoining CAP regions — the Southeast and Northeast regions — for future needs.

Other wings in the Middle East Region — West Virginia, Maryland, National Capital and Delaware — have offered tie-down space for aircraft as needed and have also been working with their state Emergency Operations Centers.


National Cadet Programs staff positions
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:38:17 CDT
Accepting applications for five National Cadet Programs staff positions.

National Commander Memo : 5 Pillars Wellness and Resilience
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 13:22:23 CDT
National Commander Memo : 5 Pillars Wellness and Resilience

National Headquarters Labor Day Closing Notice
Wed, 29 Aug 2018 13:29:57 CDT
National Headquarters Labor Day Closing Notice

ICL 18-05 CAPR 70-1
Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:37:12 CDT
ICL 18-05 CAPR 70-1



Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.capvolunteernow.com and www.capgoldmedal.com for more information.