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Massachusetts Wing - Annual Report (2012)

Massachusetts Wing - Annual Report (2012)

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Published by: CAP History Library on Jan 16, 2014
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2012 Statistics
Volunteer Members
449adult members333cadets491voting age members72 aircrew personnel431emergency responders
18locations statewide
6 single engine
15 vehicles
Interoperable Communications
9 VHF/FM repeaters88VHF/FM stations14 HF stations
8search and rescue missions5finds3 counterdrug missions16 other state support missions
Cadet Flying 
262cadets flown
Total Hours Flown
$2.6Mvalue of wing’s volunteer hours
P.O. Box 656, Bedford, MA 01730-0656
(781) 225-6540
Wing Commander 
Col. William H. Meskill (bmeskill@comcast.net)
Government Relations Advisor 
Lt. Col. William G. Duffey (william.duffey@mawg.cap.gov)
National Commander 
Maj. Gen. Charles L. Carr Jr. (ccarr@cap.gov)
Region Commander
Col. Christopher J. Hayden (Chayden@ner.cap.gov)
Massachusetts Wing aircrewsanswered the call when Civil AirPatrol was asked to support relief efforts stemming from HurricaneSandy. Joining more than 100aircrews from three Civil AirPatrol regions, they flew photomissions covering more than 300miles of coastline from Cape Cod,Mass., to Cape May, N.J., in what became one of the largest aerialphoto missions in CAP history.In helping complete a photomosaic of the storm-struck Northeast for the FederalEmergency Management Agency, wing aircrews andphotographers joined with their fellow CAP members inhelping provide FEMA with more than 158,000 photos,which were used for damage assessment. In scope, themassive aerial photography mission surpassed those CAPconducted as part of its response to the Deepwater Horizonoil spill in 2010 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In addition, throughout the year the wing’s cadetprogram promoted leadership skills,physical and mental fitness and goodcitizenship to more than 300 youngmembers who participated in weeklymeetings and service projects. And the wing’s aerospaceeducation team conducted programsfor various organizations, teaching thefundamentals of flight, model rocketryand aviation as well as providingorientation flights for cadets. As one of the state’s largestcoordinated radio networks, theMassachusetts Wing provides vital radio links foremergency services. Community service projects includedsupport for numerous state, county and municipal eventsranging from the world-famous Boston Marathon to thePan-Mass Challenge. All the while, the wing continues to build new alliances,as reflected in the recent chartering of what’s believed to beCAP’s first university-chartered senior squadron atBridgewater State University.
A Hurricane Sandy damage assessment photograph takenby a Massachusetts Wing aircrew shows damage to thenorth end of Seaside, N.J.
U.S. A
Members assist with disaster relief in wake of Hurricane Sandy
No strangers to serving their communities in crisis,dedicated Civil Air Patrol members across Americaonce again answered the call in 2012,responding to tornadoes, wildfires,hurricanes and tsunamis throughout theyear. Their service was most notable inresponse to Hurricane Sandy’sonslaught on the East Coast in October.The superstorm, which was followed by an early winter blast, left more than100 people dead, millions withoutpower or potable water and thousandshomeless.Working with the Federal EmergencyManagement Agency, states and other relief agencies, CAP’s unpaid professionals representing 20wings from the Great Lakes, Middle East and Northeast regionshelped make sure the hungry were fed and the cold sheltered, asother CAP officers, noncommissioned officers and cadets didearlier in the year when Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast. Sandy marked what turned out to be a significant milestonein the organization’s 71-yearhistory. CAP aircrews in the skiesalong with image evaluationteams on the ground, includingofficers, noncommissioned officersand cadets whose own lives wereshattered by Sandy, captured andprocessed more than 158,000 photos of the hurricane’s destruction — one of thelargest missions in CAP’s history. The imageshelped provide FEMA as well as state and local responders withan accurate picture of the damage and where help was needed. In all, CAP supported 52 requests for assistance from federal,state and local authorities in disaster relief operations during2012. As the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, CAP also helped save 32lives across the nation using such high-tech tools as in-flight video equipment as well as radar and cell phoneforensics software developed by CAP members. Inaddition, CAP worked with the Department of Defense,flying 2,017 hours of air defense intercept training missionsto help prepare fighter units across the country. Aircrewsconducting counterdrug and drug interdiction operationsflew 8,362 hours helping law enforcement agencies seizemore than $491.4 million in illegal drugs and currency,leading to 632 arrests.
Congressionally chartered mission No. 1
Emergency Services
Capt. Rheta Perkins, airborne photographer with Civil Air Patrolʼs NorthCarolina Wing, prepares to take photos of damage wrought byHurricane Sandy. Aerial imaging crews like the one Perkins was a partof took tens of thousands of damage assessment photos forgovernment agencies while flying some 696 sorties and logging 1,407flight hours above the shredded East Coast.Aerial images like this billowing smoke in the Manitou Springs area of Colorado,taken in rough air from 13,500 feet by a CAP aircrew on fire watch, were some ofthe first of what later became the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012. The massive firenear Colorado Springs,coupled with the HighPark Fire near FortCollins and other, smallerblazes, made the springand summer of 2012 themost destructive andexpensive fire season inColoradoʼs history. Morethan 200 CAP membersworked both in the airand on the ground inresponse to the fires.This aerial image taken by a CAP aircrew reveals tidal surge damageto homes in New Jersey. Last year the photo review process wasstreamlined through crowdsourcing, using 6,000 volunteers, many ofthem CAP members, to assess 158,012 images placed on a websitecreated for that purpose. The imagesʼ depictions of storm damagewere rated as light, moderate and severe, providing response agenciesfaster, more accurate evaluations of Hurricane Sandyʼs destruction.An F-16 maneuvers to intercept a Civil Air Patrol Cessna during a FertileKeynote exercise near the nationʼs capital in August. Aspart of its expanding homeland security missions,CAP aircrews flew more than 2,000 hours duringair defense exercises in 2012 helping preparefighter units across the country.
Eager to show off their aerospaceknowledge, physical fitness and precision,cadet drill teams and color guards participatein competitions at the state, region andnational levels. Rising to the occasion withgood sportsmanship, cadets amazespectators with their skill and
esprit de corps.
The competitions are varied, but this activity isall about character. Each year, 144 cadetsfrom CAPʼs eight regions earn the right tocompete for national honors, and about 800more compete locally.
Congressionally chartered mission No. 2
Cadet Programs
Civil Air Patrol inspires youth to be responsible citizens whoembody the organization’s core values of respect, integrity,volunteer service and excellence.In school- or community-based squadrons, cadets ages 12-20 benefit from a complete curriculum that teaches leadership,physical fitness, character development and aerospaceeducation. Cadets serve their communities by helping withCAP’s humanitarian efforts.In addition, they gain anappreciation for America’srole in the globalcommunity by serving asgoodwill ambassadorsabroad or hosting aviation-minded youth from aroundthe world.Cadets attend weeklymeetings and participate inweekend activities once amonth. Each summer, theyhave the opportunity toparticipate in one or more of 30 national cadet events,which offer hands-ontraining and activities covering subjects as diverse as U.S. AirForce career familiarization, aerospace technology, leadershipdevelopment and flight training.As a testament to its relevance and appeal, the cadet programhas grown more than 25 percent over the past four years, from21,000 cadets in 2008 to 26,384 in 2012. The opportunity to fly is amajor attraction for cadets; 29,856 cadet orientation flights wereconducted in CAP planes lastyear (some received more thanone flight).
Civil Air Patrol develops youth through self-paced study of the art of leadership.Cadets learn how to lead through formal classroominstruction 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 earninghonors along the way. Topics include how to think critically,communicate effectively, make good decisions, motivate othersand manage conflict.Civil Air Patrol cadets experienceflight firsthand through the efforts ofCAP adult volunteers — aviationenthusiasts eager to share their loveof flying. Often, it is through CAP thata cadet receives the first flight of hisor her life. Aviation education isdelivered in both the classroom andthe cockpit. Cadets gain anunderstanding of the complex forcesthat cause an aircraft to achieve liftand study other fundamental topics,such as navigation, engines andaerospace history.National Flight Academies areamong 30 annual cadet activitiesthat help mold the next generationof citizens through top-notchinstruction that emphasizes hardwork, self-discipline and teamwork.

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