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National Capital Wing - Annual Report (2010)

National Capital Wing - Annual Report (2010)

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National Capital Wing prepares for nextresponse with first aid kits
ivil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing used last year’s Martin Luther KingDay to multitask. With support from D.C. Central Kitchen, Greater D.C.Cares and other area nonprofits, the wing’s volunteers joined members of other organizations to assemble about 900 personal first aid kits. The kits were filled with standard items required by CAP ground teams to conduct search and rescuemissions. After the kits were assembled, CAP volunteers helped other organizations completetheir projects. Members also handed out CAP brochures and website information,talking up CAP’s good works.Such endeavors are part of the National Capital Wing’s service to the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. The wing numbers 230 volunteer officers and senior members and 149 cadets. It serves the community by developing leadership skills,character and an interest in aviation among youth; performing search and rescue,disaster relief and homeland security missions; and informing citizens about theimportance of aerospace education.In fiscal year 2010, the wing flew a total of 905 hours over the national capitalarea, performing emergency services and educational missions. The wing also flew16 homeland security missions over the District of Columbia, totaling 150 flighthours; educated 177 youth through flight orientations; and provided 102 hours of flight instruction to students. In addition, CAP volunteers worked inside the D.C.Emergency Operations Center during several severe weather and national securityevents, including the State of the Union Address. The wing also provided aircraft,volunteers and vehicles to support a national flight academy, which resulted in 20youth soloing in aircraft.
2010 Statistics
Volunteer Members:
230adult members149cadets233voting-age members46 aircrew personnel198emergency responders
8locations in the area
3 single engine
8 vehicles
Interoperable Communications:
5 VHF-FM repeaters7 VHF-FM fixed stations48 VHF-FM mobile stations5 HF fixed stations1 HF mobile station
18 other district supportmissions
Cadet Flying
177 cadets flown182 hours flown
Total Hours Flown:
$0 in district funding$1.5Mvalue of wing’s volunteehours
Maj. John La Jeunesse, left, the National Capital Wing’s counterdrug officer, and Col. RichardCooper, wing commander, inspect completed first aid kits.
Wing address:
200 McChord Ave., Suite 111, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC 20032;
Civil Air Patrol’s
Wing commander 
Col. Richard J. Cooper Jr. (cc@natcapwg.cap.gov)
Government relations advisor 
Maj. Bernhard Charlemagne (bernhard_charlemagne@yahoo.com)
National commander 
Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter (courtera@earthlink.net)
Region commander 
Col. Joseph R. Vazquez (joevazquez@verizon.net)
The Surrogate Predator ball attached beneath a Civil Air Patrol plane’s wing allows theaircraft to function as a tool to train U.S. military personnel before they
deploy overseasto combat zones. CAP planes outfitted this way
participate in air warrior exercisesknown as Green Flag, based in Louisiana and Nevada. Using this cutting-edge 21st-centurytechnology is just one way CAP plays an active role in homeland security. CAP aircrewsalso act as mock targets on air defense missions, provide air escorts for Navy ships alongwaterways and assist border patrol efforts.
Congressionally chartered mission No. 1: Emergency Services
Like clockwork, spring 2010 brought flooding to much of the Midwest, OhioValley and Northeast. CAP was on the scene, working from the air to takephotographs used to make critical decisions about threats to lives andinfrastructure; on the ground, members helped with sandbagging anddelivery of essential goods and services. 2010 was also marked by CAP’sresponse to another emergency: The Hawaii Wing’s airborne warnings abouta possible tsunami triggered by an earthquake in Chile drew rave reviewsand widespread publicity.
When Civil Air Patrol ground teams arrived on the sceneof this Navy helicopter crash in West Virginia, thechance there would be survivors looked bleak.Miraculously, all 17 on board were alive, though mostwere injured. CAP volunteers worked for 20 straighthours in blizzard conditions, often in darkness, on aremote mountainside to extract the victims andtransport them to medical facilities. In Arizona, enduringsimilar weather, CAP members helped save 54 peoplestranded by a sudden snowstorm. While CAP totaledfewer search and rescue flying hours in 2010, more liveswere saved. That is due, in part, to advances made byCAP members in radar and cell phone forensics, whichhelped reduce search areas and allowed CAP to locatesurvivors more quickly.
Civil Air Patrol’s expertise in aerial photography got a workout in 2010with the organization’s response to the Gulf oil spill. CAP’s low-and-slow aircraft provide the perfect vantage point for photos officials useto assess damages and deploy assets. During the oil spill crisis,thousands of photos were taken by multiple CAP aircrews along theGulf’s shoreline every day for months. CAP devised special softwareto speed the processing time for this enormous quantity of photos to just a handful of hours, while a private company under contract to thefederal government threaded the photos together to provide a big-picture view. Above, a representative of the U.S. Coast Guarddiscusses oil spill data with CAP members.
he role of Civil Air Patrol in the Gulf oil spillresponse — CAP’s single largest mission since World War II — led the organization’s 2010 emergencyservices missions in numbers, length and intensity. Involving morethan 278 volunteers from 10 wings over a 118-day period, the oilspill response reaffirmed CAP volunteers’ ability to support amajor, extended operation that included a crushing demand for thousands of aerial photos each day. 2010 also saw CAP credited with saving 113 lives across thenation — the 10th-highest number of saves in CAP’s 69-year history. Meanwhile, CAP provided disaster relief duringunprecedented flooding in the Midwest and the eastern half of thecountry, assisted law enforcement agencies in seizing $1.36 billionin illegal drugs and drug money and performed critical homeland security missions by posing as intercept and enemy targets for Air Force fighters.
Congressionally chartered mission No. 2: Cadet Programs
Civil Air Patrol develops youth through self-paced study of theart of leadership. Cadets learn how to lead through formalclassroom instruction and a laboratory of hands-on experienceswhere they apply leadership principles to real-world challenges.Through a graduated curriculum, they first learn to follow, thento lead small groups, ultimately experiencing command andexecutive-level leadership, advancing in rank and earning honorsalong the way. Topics include how to think critically, communicateeffectively, make decisions, motivate and manage conflict. Self-discipline and teamwork are also emphasized.Eager to show off their aerospace knowledge, physical fitness and precision on thedrill field, cadet drill teams and color guards vie against one another in competitionsat the state, regional and national levels. Rising to the occasion with goodsportsmanship, cadets amaze spectators with their skill and esprit de corps. Thecompetitions are varied, but this activity is all about character. Each year, 144 cadetsearn the right to compete for national honors, and about 800 more compete locally.
Cadets in Civil Air Patrol enjoy opportunities not readily available for many youth. For instance,these cadets are visiting the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., while taking part in CAP’s CivicLeadership Academy. Participants study the federal government and explore public service careersduring an unforgettable week in the nation’s capital. With a curriculum emphasizing persuasiveleadership, cadets develop skills they will need to become consensus-builders in their communities. As a capstone activity, cadets visit Capitol Hill and help articulate CAP’s value to America.
Civil Air Patrol cadets experience flight firsthandthrough the efforts of CAP adult volunteers, aviationenthusiasts eager to share their love of flying. Often,it is through CAP that a young person receives thefirst flight of his or her life. Aviation education isdelivered in both the classroom and the cockpit.Cadets gain an understanding of the complex forcesthat cause an aircraft to achieve lift and other fundamental topics, such as navigation, engines andaerospace history.
ivil Air Patrol inspires youth to be responsible citizens.Cadets serve their communities by helping with CAP’sreal-world humanitarian efforts. In addition, they gainan appreciation for America’s role in the global community byserving as goodwill ambassadors abroad or hosting aviation-minded youth from around the world. During visits to Washington, D.C.,cadets display their respect for America and commitment to publicservice. Responsible citizenship is the cornerstone of cadet life.As a testament to its relevance and appeal, the cadet programgrew 9.5 percent over the past year, from 23,888 cadets in 2009 to26,157 in 2010. Whether as members of school- or community- based squadrons, cadets, ages 12-20, benefit from a completecurriculum that teaches respect, leadership, community service and aerospace education. The opportunity to fly is a major attractionfor cadets, and 28,608 took advantage of orientation flights in2010, a 10 percent increase over 2009.

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