Florida Wing Flies Ten Sorties Post Hurricane Matthew
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Response of the Civil Air Patrol post Hurricane Matthew.


By Maj Jeff Carlson, Florida Wing
Sarasota, Fla.--Civil Air Patrol’s Florida Wing flew 10 sorties Sunday from operational bases in Tallahassee, Sarasota and Tampa to survey damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. Area Commander Lt. Col. Luis Garcia said the blue-sky weather over Florida was “allowing our members to effectively support aerial imaging and damage assessment” on the state’s east coast. 

The wing captured more than 8,200 aerial images this weekend. Meanwhile, the wing continued efforts to relocate aircraft from the Florida panhandle to bases along the gulf coast.

Flights Sunday had photographed the perimeter of Lake Okeechobee in central Florida and the St. Johns River in the north. CAP aircrews had also completed an initial beach survey from the Miami-Dade area to the Jacksonville Beach area.

Other flights have been conducted to relocate aircraft and personnel, provide radio communication coverage and transfer equipment and supplies. Twelve reconnaissance flights are scheduled for Monday.

As of Sunday night, eleven ground sorties had been completed by the Florida Wing. Ground teams have been activated to relocate vehicles that were secured prior to the storm and to transfer equipment between bases. 

"I feel like this is where all the training has led us,” said 2nd Lt. James Broadwell, a communications officer. “I feel like, for me, this is our payday. We're volunteers, but we're volunteers with responsibilities.

“The Air Force, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and CAP have entrusted us to do this. And, through our training, we have the ability to do this."
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Reviewed by: 1st Lt. Elena Lee
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Alabama Wing, Florida Wing, Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7
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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
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