Maryland Wing concludes weekend-long search and rescue exercise
August 26, 2018 – HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol concluded a successful weekend search and rescue exercise with 85 members from across the state conducting operations in three areas: Hagerstown, Westminster and Jug Bay just outside Bowie. This was a task-based exercise, focusing on completing qualifications for trainees and honing the skills for qualified members.
Aircrew members flew 31 hours, completing 18 sorties. Capt. Brent Hippert from the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron completed his mission pilot checkride during one of the sorties. Two crews flew an airborne repeater around Westminster to aid in communications between teams.
Ground teams conducted multiple searches, including ramp checks, simulated missing aircraft and electronic searches for distress beacons. Teams coordinated with aircrews to simulate a real world search. Twenty-six ground team members and leaders participated.
An additional 15 members supported two incident command posts. The mobile incident command post (ICP) was used at Hagerstown Regional Airport. The mobile ICP is a joint partnership with the 175th Wing Maryland Air National Guard and can be relocated to anywhere in Maryland on short notice.
Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.
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 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 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. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit http://gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.
Lt. Col. Christopher Roche, CAP
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