Knocked Down, but Not Out, MICAP Back on Patrol and Operational
Saturday, October 28, 2017
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Civil Air Patrol airplane hangar crushed during landfall of Hurricane Irma in Marco Island, Fla.


By Maj Bob Corriveau, Marco Island Senior Squadron
Marco Island, Fla.--
On October 7th, just short of a month after Irma struck and dealt a devastating blow to the Marco Island Senior Squadron (MICAP) hangar, the Squadron was operating from “temporary” facilities and launching its weekly Wilderness Waterway Coastal Patrol.  

But that is not the total story, because now the real work begins - work that requires all the community help the squadron can get. Within the next few weeks, the destroyed hangar section of the Civil Air Patrol building at Marco Executive Airport will be cut away and removed.  Once that has been accomplished, bids will be solicited for rebuilding the hangar.  

Fourteen years ago, it was through the generosity of our community and CAP members that the building and hangar were successfully funded and erected. The resulting MICAP facility was the pride of the Florida Wing and envied by CAP Squadrons all over America. 

"At the time of construction, the gold star standard was to build for a Cat 2 storm. Obviously, we’ll need to rebuild to current code specifications," said Marco Squadron Commander, Bob Corriveau.

Immediately after Irma left Florida, CAP aircraft were brought back into Florida and stationed at the Punta Gorda Airport performing aerial reconnaissance missions for FEMA in response to the Irma disaster. MICAP mission pilots and mission radio operators volunteered for these missions.

Meanwhile, back at the Marco Airport, arrangements were made for a temporary hangar was for the aircraft through the the generosity of squadron member 1st Lt. Bill Rodgers.

The CAP plane returned to MICAP on Sunday, October 1st. All hands were on deck during that first week of October to perform the following: wash and polish the plane to prepare it for further assignment and secure the plane in the temporary hangar.

The members also installed a temporary radio station and antenna at the south end of the airport terminal building. Under the direction of assistant communication officer, Major Jim Carrender, the communications system was tested and approved. This put the squadron on schedule and ready for the first coastal patrol mission scheduled for Saturday, the 7th. 

“Communications are vital to our missions. Our aircraft needs to report its activity to mission base every 15 minutes, so without a radio station, missions cannot be performed,” explained Corriveau.

"Bringing the Squadron back to operational readiness would not have been accomplished without the untiring help and assistance of Collier County Airport Authority Manager Justin Lobb," said Corriveau. 

Lobb commented, “we have a long and friendly relationship with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and will do whatever we can to facilitate their getting back to normal operations.” 

Bob Boone - Dave Dumas - Bob Corriveau back on the job at temporary hangar 

Jim Carrender puts up the temporary antenna

Dave Dumas - Justin Lobb - Bob Corriveau at the temporary communications room 




Article Information
Reviewed by: Maj. Marian Motyl-Szary
Syndicated to: Region Hq, Florida Wing, Group 5, Florida Feature
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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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