Maryland Wing prepares to assist as Hurricane Irma reaches the mainland
9/8/2017— BALTIMORE – Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol members begin preparations to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma as the Category 5 storm approaches the mainland United States. Trained personnel are available for local and deployable missions, including aerial damage assessment and ground team support.
Currently the wing’s operations section is evaluating aircraft movement as they watch the storm updates and the potential impact to Maryland and its surrounding states. Maryland Wing, part of Civil Air Patrol’s Middle East Region, follows a “no borders, no boundaries” philosophy and the wing’s trained aircrews and ground teams stand ready to assist when called.
“Maryland Wing personnel and our robust capabilities and advanced technologies are positioned to respond to our communities in the path of Hurricane Irma,” states Col. Joseph Winter, Maryland Wing commander. At this time, members are requested to prepare themselves and their families for any eventuality should Hurricane Irma impact the East Coast and Maryland in particular.
Over 1,500 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 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 mdwg.cap.gov.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 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. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit http://www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.
Lt. Col. Brenda A. Reed, CAP
Public Information Officer, Maryland Wing