Maryland Wing crews deploy to North Carolina for disaster relief mission
September 15, 2018 – BALTIMORE –Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol members headed to North Carolina today to assist with disaster relief following Hurricane Florence.
The ground team members, departed from College Park Airport, and are traveling to North Carolina with plans to serve as members of a point of distribution team for a number of days. Members are from Maryland Wing Headquarters, Group 3 Headquarters, and the Arundel, Carroll, College Park, Cumberland, Glenn L. Martin, and Mount Airy Composite squadrons. Aircrew members are on standby to deploy when flying conditions permit.
The Maryland Wing Emergency Services Officer, Lt. Col. Bob Midkiff, will lead a team of 12 Maryland Civil Air Patrol members. Team members are expected to be tasked with point of distribution support. A point of distribution or POD is where the public goes to pick up emergency supplies following a disaster. The need for a POD is based on lack of infrastructure to support normal distribution of food, water, or other supplies. Maryland Wing members will be supporting both state and federal emergency management officials.
“Maryland Wing members train hundreds of hours a year to be ready to serve when the call for assistance is made. Our crews are dedicated volunteer unpaid professionals who understand they will be operating in environments that have been directly affected,” states Col. Joe Winter, Maryland Wing commander. “They are eager to step up to support operations, understanding the situation currently being faced by the citizens there. It is our hope, along with the many professionals already on the ground there, that we can provide manpower and resources to support the recovery operations.”
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.
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. Brenda A. Reed, CAP
Public Information Officer, Maryland Wing