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South Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol Assisting in Emergency Operations

posted Oct 6, 2015, 9:49 AM by Matt Hamrick
October 6, 2015—Columbia, SC—The South Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol ("CAP"), the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is assisting in emergency operations in response to the flood event currently taking place across the state.

South Carolina Wing Incident Management Staff have been working with the state's Emergency Operations Center. CAP will be focusing on the state's rivers for possible search and rescue operations and disaster impact assessment.

A CAP aircrew from Anderson, SC flew one mission yesterday along the Saluda River from Saluda, NC to Lake Greenwood, SC, for damage assessment and search and rescue assistance. Today CAP is assisting in the flood relief effort in force, with two aircraft and aircrews from CAP's Georgia Wing, two aircraft and aircrews from CAP's North Carolina Wing, and eight aircraft and aircrews from CAP's South Carolina Wing currently operating in the relief effort.

CAP squadrons around the state expect to perform air, ground and communications operations in support of the emergency and disaster relief efforts throughout this week.

CAP, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, 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. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

CAP members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 74 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. For more information on CAP, visit

The South Carolina Wing of CAP is located at 3901 CAP Wing Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170 and on the web at

For more information about CAP contact:

Capt Matthew D. Hamrick, CAP
South Carolina Wing Legal Officer
South Carolina Wing Public Affairs Officer
(C) 843.693.4700
Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary