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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 for more information.

CAP contact:
Maj. Brenda Reed
Middle East Region Public Information Officer