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A3 – Operations

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About the Maryland Wing Pathfinder Program

Getting Started in Emergency Services

Upcoming Emergency Services Training Opportunities

Ground Operations Academy – Urban Directions Finding Course  – March 3-4 at Wing Headquarters 

Water Survival Training for Aircrew Members

In order to participate in extended over-water missions (flight operation outside the normal power-off gliding distance of land), each aircrew member must have successfully completed an approved CAP over-water survival course and be current in Ops Quals (i.e., Water Survival (WS) ES achievement).

The classroom instruction will tentatively be held as a Webinar on Wednesday and/or Thursday  evening, March 21-22, 2018, from 7pm – 9pm. Upon completion of the classroom instruction, you will be required to pass the online Overwater Survival Course Knowledge Test (Learning Management System). More will follow on the classroom instruction.

The practical (pool) test will held Sunday morning, March 25, 2018, 8am -11am at the North Arundel Aquatics Center, 7888 Crain Highway South, Glen Burnie, MD 21061. Information on the facility and directions can be found at

In order to pass the practical, you will need to demonstrate swimming (50 yards), treading water (10 minutes), and being able to enter into a life-raft. You will do this while in your flight suit with boots or any other approved uniform that you typically wear in the aircraft. You will also be wearing a personal flotation device.

Qualified Aircrew Member (e.g., currently qualified as a Mission Scanner, Mission Observer, or Mission Pilot)
Cost: $15 per member to defray the cost of the pool rental.
Please make check payable to Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol.
Mail checks to:
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron
701 Wilson Point Road, Box 5
Middle River, MD 21220
Register at

Since the class size (pool) will be limited to 20 members, priority will be given based on earliest registration (and receipt/postmark of your check).

Any questions can be directed to Lt Col Sam Herr, or 978-973-8701

Basic Inland Search and Rescue Course

On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14, 2018, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center will be holding their 2-day BISC Course at NAS Patuxent River.  The host facility is having a hard time filling the seats for the class and have asked if we had any members who wanted to take the class.

This course is primarily for search planners but will help anyone involved in Search/Rescue operations understand the Federal system and how all the parts fit.  Those who are interested in attending should have a basic understanding of search management.

We are currently coordinating to hold the 5-day Inland SAR Course during FY19, so having this course would be a nice intro into the 5-day class.

If you are interested in attending this class, you will need to email the following:
– Name (Last, First, MI)
– Rank and CAPID
– Unit Affiliation

Remember, this course is during the week and you must be able to attend both days, all day to successfully complete the course.

Please email Lt Col John Henderson at if you are interested in attending.


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