Maryland Wing teams provide aid in the Carolinas
September 20, 2018 – BALTIMORE – Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol members are in their fifth day of providing aid to the victims of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina with additional members are being deployed to North Carolina. As of this afternoon, Maryland POD teams have distributed 26,676 meals and 64,336 bottles of clean water, and 116 tarps while serving more than 2,100 vehicles.
Maryland Wing initially deployed a point of distribution or POD team to NC on Saturday, September 15, 2018. That team, made up of members from the Maryland Wing headquarters and Group 3 headquarters, as well as from the Arundel, Carroll, College Park, Cumberland, Glenn L. Martin, and Mount Airy Composite squadrons, set up the foundations for a POD site at South Lenoir High School in Southern Lenoir County, near the N.C. coastline. A POD site is a location where the public can go to pick up emergency supplies following a disaster. Maryland Wing members were joined at this POD site by 25 cadets and senior members from the North Carolina Wing, Civil Air Patrol. South Lenoir High School is also hosting a mobile hospital unit.
On Monday, the Maryland POD team moved to and set up another POD site north of Wilmington, and began providing assistance to the public on Tuesday morning, working collaboratively with the N.C. National Guard, local County employees, and civilian volunteers. The POD team operated the northern POD site for 12 hours, providing much needed food and supplies to individuals and families from eastern North Carolina.
This first POD team is returning to Maryland and a second MDWG POD team has arrived in North Carolina to continued providing disaster relief services.
In addition to these POD teams, Maryland Wing aircrews trained emergency services air crews and airplanes to assist with the relief efforts in North Carolina. One Maryland aircrew has been operating in Burlington, N.C., and has been flying food, water, and equipment between Charlotte and Wilmington. This aircrew has also conducted search and rescue operations as well as damage assessment flights. A second aircrew has deployed to Columbia, S.C., providing damage assessment flights for the state.
A total of 75 Maryland Wing members are either in North Carolina, or preparing to travel there to help provide relief assistance.
“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.”
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.
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.
Capt. Brian Green, CAP
Public Information Officer
Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol