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Civil Air Patrol Connecticut Wing Trains for Expertise
Civil Air Patrol members from across Connecticut take part in emergency services training. By Major Peter Milano, Civil Air Patrol, Connecticut Wing Public Affairs.
By: Civil Air Patrol Connecticut Wing
Lieutenant Colonel Bob Hoar, Incident Commander for the exercise, held an early morning briefing at mission headquarters, located at Brainard Airport, Hartford, Conn., to outline overall mission and training goals. Air crews launched promptly, successfully conducting photography runs of key Connecticut roadways, bridges and dams while ground teams were tasked to search for distress signals emanating from emergency locator transmitter's onboard simulated downed aircraft.
Operations continued throughout the day, with additional air crews and ground teams deploying for successive missions. Civil Air Patrol instructors also held on site classroom training in areas such as ground team skills and aerial photography to augment the day's field exercises.
"I want to thank everybody for coming out and participating in this training," said Hoar at the end of day briefing. "Teams worked hard all day to accomplish objectives and Connecticut Wing appreciates your efforts."
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, Civil Air Patrol operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol's 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Civil Air Patrol also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Programs.
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Major Peter Milano (Public Affairs)
Connecticut Wing, Civil Air Patrol