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FROM CAP NHQ:

October 6, 2015

South Carolina Wing assisting in flood response

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Twelve Civil Air Patrol aircrews from three wings are making damage assessment flights today over flood-drenched South Carolina in the wake of record rainfall that has left dams broken and rivers swollen across the state.

Eight CAP planes from the South Carolina and two each from the Georgia and North Carolina wings took to the air today, providing photos of the floodwaters’ impact for state and emergency agency officials to use in deciding where to focus recovery efforts most effectively. On Monday, a South Carolina aircrew flew along the Saluda River from Saluda, North Carolina, to Lake Greenwood, South Carolina, for the same purpose.

In addition, the aircrews are “focusing on the state’s rivers for possible search and rescue operations,” said Col. Francis H. Smith Jr., South Carolina Wing commander and CAP incident commander for the flood mission. The wing’s incident command staff is working with the state’s Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia.

Squadrons across the wing expect to perform air, ground and communications operations in support of disaster relief efforts throughout this week.

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 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen 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. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization 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.

CAP contact: Capt. Matthew D. Hamrick, South Carolina Wing Public Affairs Officer
Tel. 843-693-4700

Civil Air Patrol uses radar forensics to locate wreckage of Air National Guard F-16 West Columbia, S.C.

posted Jun 9, 2016, 8:42 AM by Matt Hamrick   [ updated Jun 9, 2016, 4:23 PM ]

June 9, 2016 -- Civil Air Patrol uses radar forensics to locate wreckage of Air National Guard F-16 West Columbia, S.C. –

Search teams from the Civil Air Patrol’s South Carolina wing aided in the search for the wreckage of two South Carolina Air National Guard F-16s that collided mid-air Tuesday evening. Pilots of both aircraft ejected before the jets crashed into a remote, wooded area near Louisville, Georgia.

The South Carolina Air National Guard requested CAP’s assistance Wednesday morning. CAP’s first aerial search team launched by dawn. Air crews aboard five CAP aircraft worked with the Air National Guard and the Georgia State Patrol helicopter team in the search for the F-16s.

Search crews used information provided by the pilots to locate the first aircraft. The second jet proved to be much harder to find in the dense terrain. That’s when CAP called in its radar forensics team. Using data from the aircraft’s transponder, the team estimated the location of the wreckage. Transponders emit a radio signal which air traffic controllers and others use to track aircraft using ground radar. The forensics team calculated the most likely resting place for the downed aircraft using the last known position of the F-16 before the crash. Search teams located the main part of the second aircraft approximately 50 yards from the position suggested by the radar data.

“One of the aircraft was almost completely hidden by terrain and the surrounding vegetation, and was all but invisible from the air,” said Col. Jay Lindler, CAP’s agency liaison, who coordinated search efforts with the Air National Guard and the helicopter team. “The radar data was key in locating the downed aircraft.”

The commander of CAP’s South Carolina Wing, Col. Francis Smith, commended the efforts of his search teams. “CAP’s rapid response both in the air and through radar forensics played a major role in locating the crash sites,” he said. “I’m immensely proud of all of our volunteers and the professionalism they bring to our missions.”

Aircrews and ground search teams from CAP’s Georgia Wing remain on alert in the event of further requests for assistance. South Carolina Wing Headquarters Public Affairs 3901 CAP Wing Drive West Columbia, SC 29170 (803) 822-5470

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.

Contact info: Col Francis Smith – francis.smith@scwg.cap.gov – (803) 261-4981

CAP and USAF 1st Combat Camera Squadron work together 10 Oct 2015

posted Oct 11, 2015, 6:15 AM by Matt Hamrick

Photos:
CAP_SCWG_1_151009:  TSgt Micah Theurich, USAF, from the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, documents South Carolina flooding during Civil Air Patrol flight.  (Photo: Maj. Brenda A. Reed, CAP)
CAP_SCWG_1_151009:  CAP aerial images of flooding in South Carolina. (Photo: Maj. Brenda A. Reed, CAP) 

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posted Oct 11, 2015, 6:11 AM by Matt Hamrick

October 10, 2015

CAP crews continue aerial imagery, provide overview flights for officials, remain alert as weather deteriorates in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Civil Air Patrol airmen continued photographing the flood damage in South Carolina on Friday while also providing four flights for Georgetown county officials, Urban Search and Rescue Team, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and airmen from the 1st Combat Camera Squadron in Charleston.

CAP also responded to a high priority search request from FEMA in the Canadys region, looking for distressed individuals in the flooded area.  No one was located. 

So far this week, Civil Air Patrol aircrews have made 138 flights, spending over 240 hours in the sky above the state.

By nightfall, requests for images were arriving at a “significantly slower pace,” according to Col. Francis Smith, South Carolina Wing commander.   CAP crews from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia, who were in the state supporting the mission, returned to their home states last night.  As the weather in South Carolina deteriorated on Saturday morning, requests are being handled by South Carolina Wing members, although members from other wings remain ready to return to the state should the need arise as heavy rains are expected today.

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 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen 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. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization 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.


CAP contact:
Maj. Brenda Reed
Middle East Region Public Information Officer
breed@mdcap.org
410-279-0292

CAP SC Flood Response Infographic

posted Oct 10, 2015, 7:35 AM by Matt Hamrick

See the latest infographic on CAP's SC flood response efforts on 9 Oct 2015.

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posted Oct 10, 2015, 7:30 AM by Matt Hamrick

October 9, 2015

Enhanced technology improves Civil Air Patrol’s flood damage assessment imagery

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Civil Air Patrol airmen photographing the flood damage in South Carolina began using a new tool Thursday in their emergency response arsenal – a Garmin Virb camera system that attaches to their planes’ wing strut. The cameras capture ground images directly below, which allows officials to make much faster use of the images.

South Carolina Wing officials received three of the new cameras Thursday from CAP’s National Operations Center at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. They were first used on damage assessment flights last night.

The camera systems and associated online tools to deliver these images were developed through tests with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1st Air Force (AFNORTH) and Civil Air Patrol over the last year, said John Desmarais, CAP director of operations.

So far this week, Civil Air Patrol has provided 3,650 aerial photos of the South Carolina flood damage. Aircrews have made 110 flights, spending 202.9 hours in the sky above the state.

About 187 CAP members have worked in the air and on the ground in support of the flooding response.

Aircrews from South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia and Virginia are flying under the direction of 1st Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. A total of 21 CAP planes have been deployed for the South Carolina mission.

Members of the public are invited to join CAP members in ranking the aerial photos; the crowdsourcing website ishttp://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/. The crowdsourcing process expedites emergency officials’ ability to identify critical infrastructure needs.

CAP is also conducting search and rescue flights. So far, CAP has directed emergency officials to numerous vehicles in distress, located two unsafe bridges that had no law enforcement or other barricades and flown over roads in and out of Georgetown to help state emergency management plan for evacuations.

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 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen 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. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization 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.

CAP contact:
Maj. Brenda Reed
Middle East Region Public Information Officer
breed@mdcap.org
410-279-0292

A Message from CAP Flood Response Incident Commander for 9 Oct. 2015

posted Oct 10, 2015, 7:28 AM by Matt Hamrick

From Lt Col Mike Albertson, CAP flood response IC for 9 Oct. 2015:

Wrapping up a day as Incident Commander of the CAP's response to the SC Flooding Disaster. Thanks to everyone who volunteered today and the CAP members from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina for coming down and lending their services.

11 Aircraft flew approximately 40 hours today to provide imagery, real time assessment, and search and rescue. We even had a visit from the CAP National Commander!. Thanks everyone for your service!!!

ATTENTION ALL CAP MEMBERS. YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED

posted Oct 8, 2015, 11:39 AM by Matt Hamrick

Please see the following request from John W. Desmarais, Sr., HQ CAP Director of Operations:

As you can well imagine from seeing all that has been in the news over the last several days, our South Carolina Wing personnel, as well as members from neighboring wings and regions are assisting in the disaster relief efforts there, and doing great work. Similar to what was done during Hurricane Sandy, the FEMA Headquarters GIS staff has asked for our help to get images reviewed via a crowdsourcing application in the Geoplatform. We know many of you want to help even at a distance. If you could encourage your members to go to the link below, click on Image Ranking, follow the instructions and take the time to review some imagery, we’d really appreciate it. This crowd-sourcing helps FEMA make many decisions and help people in the affected areas, so any help is appreciated.

CAP ramps up flight schedule for aerial photos, asks members  to help evaluate flooding images through crowdsourcing

posted Oct 8, 2015, 11:37 AM by Matt Hamrick

FROM CAP NHQ:

October 8, 2015

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Civil Air Patrol has made 81 flights so far this week, spending 156 hours in the sky above flood-drenched South Carolina. The flights are being made in response to deadly rain that Gov. Nikki Haley is calling a “thousand-year” event, which has already claimed 17 lives.

Aircrews from Civil Air Patrol’s South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Maryland wings are scheduled to fly eight more sorties this morning. The airmen are tasked with taking aerial photos of the flooding for emergency officials on the ground. The images, taken with CAP’s geotagging-capable cameras, provide the officials with real-time information that helps them assess damages and assign critical response resources. 

“As you can well imagine from seeing all that has been in the news over the last several days, our South Carolina Wing personnel, as well as members from neighboring wings and regions, are assisting in the disaster relief efforts there, and doing great work,” said John Desmarais, director of operations at CAP National Headquarters, in an email directive to CAP commanders and staff Wednesday night.

In the directive, commanders were encouraged to ask CAP members in their wings to assist Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters GIS staff in reviewing the images through online crowdsourcing tools fielded by crisis mapping volunteers via FEMA’s GeoPlatform.

“We know many of you want to help even at a distance,” said Desmarais. “If you could encourage your members to go to http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/, click on Image Ranking, follow the instructions and take the time to review some imagery, we’d really appreciate it. This crowdsourcing helps FEMA make many decisions and helps people in the affected areas, so any help is appreciated.”

In November 2012, on the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy prompted a similar response from CAP wings both inside and outside the affected areas. In all, 21 wings from CAP’s Middle East, Northeast and Great Lakes regions conducted 696 flights totaling 1,407 hours and uploaded 158,012 geotagged images for FEMA. For the first time, the images were evaluated through crowdsourcing in order to obtain quick and effective assessments as imagery was uploaded.


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 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen 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. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization 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.

CAP contact:
Capt. Matthew D. Hamrick, South Carolina Wing Public Affairs Officer –
matt@matthamricklaw.com – 843-693-4700

Flood response missions continue in South Carolina

posted Oct 8, 2015, 11:34 AM by Matt Hamrick

FROM CAP NHQ:

October 7, 2015

COLUMBIA, South CarolinaCivil Air Patrol members from three wings spent about 85 hours aloft in 14 planes Tuesday identifying locations in flood-drenched South Carolina that required or will soon require search and rescue missions, and the South Carolina Wing’s commander expects a comparable effort today.

Airmen from the South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina wings also provided damage assessment reports and photos for emergency officials on the ground, said Col. Francis H. Smith Jr., wing commander. About 100 CAP members were involved in the flood response Tuesday, Smith said.

“We expect similar numbers (Wednesday),” he added.

“Even now, there are CAP members that are compiling reports and continuing to plan for the next operational periods,” he said in an email late Tuesday. “We’ll kick off again early in the morning.”

“We will also have a couple of aircraft and aircrews set aside to fly federal, state and local officials that need to see what they’re dealing with,” Smith said.

In addition to two aircrews and planes each from the Georgia and North Carolina wings, Smith said, a GippsAero GA8 Airvan and an aircrew from Maryland arrived Tuesday and will fly today. A Cessna 206 from the North Carolina Wing is also expected, he said.

“Every bit of support we have asked for we have received without hesitation,” Smith said.

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 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen 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. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization 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.

CAP contact:
Capt. Matthew D. Hamrick, South Carolina Wing Public Affairs Officer –
matt@matthamricklaw.com – 843-693-4700

South Carolina Wing assisting in flood response

posted Oct 8, 2015, 11:28 AM by Matt Hamrick   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 11:32 AM ]

FROM CAP NHQ:

October 6, 2015

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Twelve Civil Air Patrol aircrews from three wings are making damage assessment flights today over flood-drenched South Carolina in the wake of record rainfall that has left dams broken and rivers swollen across the state.

Eight CAP planes from the South Carolina and two each from the Georgia and North Carolina wings took to the air today, providing photos of the floodwaters’ impact for state and emergency agency officials to use in deciding where to focus recovery efforts most effectively. On Monday, a South Carolina aircrew flew along the Saluda River from Saluda, North Carolina, to Lake Greenwood, South Carolina, for the same purpose.

In addition, the aircrews are “focusing on the state’s rivers for possible search and rescue operations,” said Col. Francis H. Smith Jr., South Carolina Wing commander and CAP incident commander for the flood mission. The wing’s incident command staff is working with the state’s Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia.

Squadrons across the wing expect to perform air, ground and communications operations in support of disaster relief efforts throughout this week.

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 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen 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. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization 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.

CAP contact: Capt. Matthew D. Hamrick, South Carolina Wing Public Affairs Officer – matt@matthamricklaw.com – 843-693-4700

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