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Florida Wing - Annual Report (2010)

Florida Wing - Annual Report (2010)

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Florida Wing’s year dominated by Gulf oil spill response
T   
he April 2010 explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico created one of the largest natural disasters ever in the state of Florida, and, within hours, volunteers from Civil Air Patrol’s Florida Wing began planning for much-needed air and ground support.The wing’s aircrews and mission support personnel were tasked by the FloridaDepartment of Environmental Protection, and later by the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency, to conduct repeated aerial photographic assessments along some200 miles of the Panhandle’s coast. Using both off-the-shelf and specialized technology, aircrews captured nearly continuous images of the Florida shoreline and close-in coastal waters. Each image was geocoded for exact location and time to allowshore-based analysis by federal and state disaster response planners. The wing flew 710 flight hours in 14 aircraft while capturing more than 50,300images. Second Lt. Lawrence Leduc of Tampa, one of the camera operators, said, “Thetechnology was pretty cool. It was efficient and cost-effective.” Staged from Tallahassee, personnel and aircraft came from bases in Naples,Sarasota, Ocala, Merritt Island, Jacksonville, Clearwater and elsewhere, flying dailysorties during 105 continuous days of operation. Meanwhile, mission base personnel provided aircrew coordination, logistics, media relations, chaplain services and volunteer professionalism to the state and federal emergency effort. In all, 97 aircrewmembers and 14 mission base personnel were involved, contributing 9,153 man-hours.
Col. Christian Moersch, Florida Wing commander, remarked, “These are your next-door heroes. Many of those who participated exhausted all their year’s vacation just to serve.”
2010 Statistics
Volunteer Members:
2,102adult members2,041cadets2,314voting-age members490 aircrew personnel2,096emergency responders
Squadrons:
93locations statewide
 Aircraft:
27 single engine1 glider 
Vehicles:
28 vehicles
Interoperable Communications:
20 VHF-FM repeaters17 VHF-FM fixed stations239 VHF-FM mobile stations37 HF fixed stations3 HF mobile stations
Missions:
90search and rescue missions65 finds2Deepwater Horizon70 other state support missions
Cadet Flying
(CAP, AFROTC & AFJROTC)
:
2,443 cadets flown1,455 hours flown
Total Hours Flown:
7,441
Finances:
$49,500* in state funding$9.2Mvalue of wing’s volunteer hours
During the Florida Wing’s response to the Gulf oil spill, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum,center, and former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, second from right, visited with a wing aircrew — fromleft, Capt. Bob Maxey, 2nd Lt. Lawrence Leduc and Capt. Peter Westerkamp.
Wing address:
14750 N.W. 44 Court, Opa Locka, FL 33054
; Phone:
305-687-4090
; Website:
www.flwg.cap.gov
Civil Air Patrol’s
FLORIDAWing
 
Wing commander 
Col. Christian F. Moersch III (cmoersch@cap.gov)
 
Government relations advisor 
Capt. Todd Bayley (toddbay@gmail.com)
 
National commander 
Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter (courtera@earthlink.net)
 
Region commander 
Col. James M. Rushing (jrushing@cap.gov)*Financial data provided by wing
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 ommunities
 
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.
T   
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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