March 21, 2015, Albert Whitted Airport
By: Lt Col Joyce Nader, PAO, PIO, Legal Officer, FL 182
Against the backdrop of the City of St.
Petersburg’s annual Grand Prix Race preparations, over 24 Civil Air Patrol
volunteers, both seniors and cadets, participated in the Emergency Services
exercise hosted by the Pinellas Senior Squadron at Albert Whitted Airport on March
21, 2015, which was postponed from March 7, 2015, due to inclement weather.
The weather was
perfect—clear, no fog and few clouds, and very little wind. Three (3) aircraft
were scheduled for the exercise, with one being grounded due to mechanical
issues, and one delayed on arrival due to fog in Brooksville. There were 11 air
sorties and 3 ground team sorties completed during the exercise.
CAP members, seniors and
cadets, trained for positions at mission base including communications, as aircrew
teams, and as ground teams. The various team’s simulated search and
rescue tasks utilizing the aircraft as well as ground based communications
systems and resources.
2d Lt Keith Lukat
was the project officer for the exercise, and it was his first in that
role. He said that “it was challenging
to put it all together, but I enjoyed working on it, and meeting all the new
2d Lt Myra Hall, one of
the seniors participating as an air crew trainee for the mission observer
position, joined CAP “to serve community and country, and because of my
interest in aviation and its history.” She said she came to the exercise, “to
meet more people in CAP, and to learn to work as a team on an air crew.”
The exercise was a great
success due to the skilled work of many members as well as the spirit and
dedication of all the participants.
Another exercise will be
planned for sometime this summer.