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Massachusetts Wing - Jun 2011

Massachusetts Wing - Jun 2011

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Massachusetts WingProvides Aerial Support toTornado-ravaged Area.
Tornados touched down in heavily populated westernMassachusetts on Wednesday, causing widespread damage as theeastern half of the state dealt with a barrage of thunderstorms, hailand high winds.The approaching frontwas logged at speeds inexcess of 100 MPH withwind gusts exceeding thatspeed.Massachusetts Gov.Deval Patrick declared astate of emergency wheredamaging tornadoesswept through the state. Amission request for CivilAir Patrol services was made to Mass Wing Headquarters askingCAP to fly aerial photo missions over the hardest hit areas of theCommonwealth.According to the incident commander for this mission, Maj. DerrellLipman, "CAP aircraft were asked to fly designated areas takinghigh resolution aerialphotographs that will bemade available to MEMAofficials." This informationis extremely helpful to localcommunities trying todetermine where toevacuate, where to provideaid and shore up criticalinfrastructure.Thursday morning, local media outlets were reporting that thisstring of tornadoes claimed 4 lives and destroyed over 300 homesin at least 19 communities.Massachusetts Wing provides controlled state support to State andlocal agencies who often request CAP to perform air and groundmissions following major storms.
Massachusetts Wing
Wing CommanderColonel William MeskillWing Vice CommanderLt Colonel Everett HumeWing Chief of Staff Lt Colonel Ralph ShaverPublic Affairs OfficeLt Col. Keith RaymondDirectorMajor Steven RossAssistant DirectorMassachusetts WingHeadquarters30 Patrick LoopBldg 1121Hanscom AFB 01731781-377-7023DSN: 478-7023The Minuteman ispublished quarterly.Deadline submissions are:
20 March2
20 June3
Q - 20 September4
20 JanuaryGovernment Relations OfficerLt Col. William Duffey
Tornado image as it passes over ConnecticutRiver in Springfield, MA
Civil Air PatrolHonored WithInternational Award
Civil Air Patrol was awarded a World PeacePrize during a June 14 ceremony at the U.S.Capitol.Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and retiredU.S. Rep. Lester Wolff announced CAP will be
honored as the World Peace Corps Mission’s―Roving Ambassador for Peace‖ at the
ceremony in Washington, D.C., which will alsorecognize top honor prize recipients H.H. DorjeChang Buddha III and Benjamin A. Gilman.
―Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact, going
above and beyond to make a profound difference
in America’s communities, saving lives and preserving liberty for all,‖ said Wolff, in
announcing the World Peace Prize recipients for2010.The World Peace Prize is presented annually bythe World Peace Corps Mission, an internationalevangelical missionary organization. Since itsestablishment in 1989, the prize has beenawarded to individuals contributing to the causesof world peace by preventing regional conflictsor world war; by settling the disputes of political, diplomatic and economic matters; andby developing new inventions to minimizethreats and confusions within mankind.The awarding council for the World Peace Prizeoperates according to the core spirit of advancing peace and justice and inter-religiouscollaborations. Past recipients include PresidentRonald Reagan of the U.S., PresidentAbdurrahman Wahid of Indonesia and PresidentKuniwo Nakamura of Palau, amongst others.
―Civil Air Patrol is delighted to be chosen for this prestigious international honor,‖ said Maj.Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP’s nationalcommander. ―This reflects greatly upon our 
61,000-plus members, who work diligently intheir c
ommunities to serve their fellow citizens.‖
In its Air Force auxiliary role, CAP performs 90percent of continental U.S. inland search andrescue missions as tasked by the Air ForceRescue Coordination Center and was credited bythe AFRCC with saving 113 lives in fiscal year2010.When natural or manmade disasters occur,
CAP’s citizen volunteers are often the first on
the scene, transmitting digital images of thedamage within seconds while providing disasterrelief and emergency services for victims. In thepast decade alone, members have responded tosuch phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina,Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in theSouth and central U.S., flooding in the Dakotasand an earthquake and tsunami in Hawaii, aswell as humanitarian missions along the U.S.and Mexican border.CAP celebrates its 70
anniversary on Dec. 1. Ithas been conducting humanitarian missions fromthe early days of World War II and is consideredby many as the world standard for aviation-oriented, volunteer emergency organizations.

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