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Maryland Wing Trains for Search and Rescue Operations

Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets employing direction finding equipment to locate a transmitting emergency locator transmitter (Photo Credit: 1st Lt Jeffrey Robertson)

March 17, 2021 – GRANITE, Md.– Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing (MDWG) and Delaware Wing converged on Easton, Maryland for Emergency Services Ground Team training on March 6-7, 2021. 

Civil Air Patrol conducts 90 percent of inland search and rescue in the United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and other agencies.  In this capacity, both air and ground-based Civil Air Patrol teams work in coordination with state and local emergency management teams to locate and rescue missing persons and/or aircraft.  As an auxiliary of the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol adult and cadet members are required to remain current on training associated with assigned roles and responsibilities. As such, mission readiness is assured in the case federal, state, or local governments request Civil Air Patrol support corresponding operations.

Led by MDWG Emergency Services Training Officer Captain Christophe Marchand, Civil Air Patrol airmen from eight squadrons trained in ground-based search and rescue techniques such as line-search, compass usage, locating a distress beacon, identifying aircraft search clues, and employing mobile radios as communications devices over the weekend training cycle.

C/Capt Justin Marchand teaching first aid techniques on simulated casualty (Photo credit: 1st Lt Jeffrey Robertson)

“Ground operations are a critical function to Civil Air Patrol’s mission. Without ground teams, there can be no search and rescue.” explains Marchand.  “Coordination between aircrews and ground teams is also a hallmark of Civil Air Patrol. In most situations, a Civil Air Patrol aircraft will start the initial search to reduce the size of the search area and will lead ground teams to the area of highest probability for a find.”

Maryland Wing extends its appreciation to Lt Col Ramon “Archie” DeJesus, Commander Easton Composite Squadron for hosting this MDWG Pathfinder Search and Rescue Academy training event.  The Easton Composite Squadron meets every Wednesday (6:30-8:30p) at the Easton Airport Management Office, 29051 Corkran Road, Easton MD 21601

Additionally, special acknowledgments are given to the following Civil Air Patrol cadet members for their support as cadet instructors: C/Capt Justin Marchand, C/Capt Maxence Marchand, and C/2dLt Clement Marchand.

Nearly 1,500 members serve in Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing. Last year, wing members flew 13 actual search and rescue missions. Overall, the Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland, flying 2,245 hours in all mission categories, and was credited with four finds. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook.

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, Civil Air Patrol 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 82 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, Civil Air Patrol plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for information.

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Prepared by: 1st Lt. Jeffrey Robertson, MDWG PAO, jeffrey.robertson@mdwg.cap.gov

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