Northshore Composite Squadron
Newsletter Date 8/1/03
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Arlington Air Show
Cascade Falcon Packing
Civil Air Patrol Missions: Emergency Services
Air Force Support:
It's hardly surprisingthat CAP performs several missions indirect support of the U.S. Air Force. Spe-cifically, CAP conducts damage assess-ment, radiological monitoring, lighttransport, communications support, andlow-altitude route surveys.Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP SAR exer-cises sharpen the skills of all participantsand offer realistic training for a deadlyserious mission.
CAP joined the "war ondrugs" in 1986 when CAP signed anagreement with the U.S. Air Force andU.S. Customs Service offering CAP re-sources to be used to stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.Today, CAP has similar agreements withthe Drug Enforcement Administrationand the U.S. Forest Service.CAP has made major contributions to thecounterdrug fight by providing aerial re-connaissance, airborne communicationsupport, and airlift of law enforcement personnel. In 1994 alone, CAP units flewnearly 35,000 hours in support of coun-terdrug efforts.
Starting in 1993, CAP became moreclosely involved in direct support of theAir Force ROTC. Joint efforts are under-way to conduct cross flow educationaland orientation flights with Air ForceROTC, benefiting both organizationsthrough better use of each one's trainingresourcesGrowing from its World War II experi-ence, the Civil Air Patrol has continued tostrive to save lives and alleviate humansuffering through a myriad of emergencyservice missions.
Search and Rescue (SAR):
Perhaps bestknown for its search and rescue efforts,CAP now flies more than 85 percent of allinland SAR missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center atLangley AFB, Va. Overseas, CAP sup- ports the Joint Rescue Coordination Cen-ters in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just howeffective are the CAP missions? More than100 people are saved every year by CAPmembers!
Often overlooked but vi-tally important is the role CAP plays indisaster relief operations. CAP providesair and ground transportation, and an ex-tensive communications network. They flydisaster relief officials to remote locations,and support local, state and national disas-ter relief organizations with manpower and leadership.In fact, CAP has formal agreements withmany humanitarian relief agencies such asthe American Red Cross, Federal Emer-gency Management Agency, FederalAviation Administration, and CoastGuard.
Closely related todisaster relief is CAP's support of humani-tarian missions. Usually in support of theRed Cross, CAP air crews transport time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue in situationswhere other means of transportation arenot possible.
"Civil Air Patrolis always the firstunit in and usu-ally the last unitout when a realdisaster occurs.They are verywell trained andalways respondquickly."
Toby Carroll Corporate Safety Evaluation Director,Continental AirlinesGuardian Angel '91 Exercise