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Civil Air Patrol 

Statewide exercise tests CAP readiness


The Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol successfully completed a statewide Wing exercise, Polar Heat, on May 17. The Wing logged about 50 flight hours using 41 air crew members, 11 squadrons and 15 aircraft on 22 sorties. The area flown encompassed a large part of the state, from as far north as Galena, to Sitka in the south.

Polar Heat was conducted in conjunction with the United States Air Force in order to evaluate the operational readiness of Wing members in a full scale, multi-mission environment.

A host of simulated emergencies tasked the Wing’s crew members in their mission skill abilities. One of the mock emergencies included a 20-foot wave coming into Homer. Another simulated event was flooding in Galena, Talkeetna and along the Parks Highway. Photo reconnaissance flights collected data to submit back to Wing headquarters to assess the simulated infrastructure damage. Additionally, two missing aircraft were simulated for the exercise. Mission air crews were assigned to search for these aircraft, one of which was simulated to be on a flight from Tok to Anchorage, the other from Wasilla to McGrath. A wide variety of emergency simulations were presented and met with success.

Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization. It performs more than 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the continental United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to America’s youths through CAP Cadet Programs. For information about Civil Air Patrol programs, call 1-800-FLY-2338.


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Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. 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 71 lives annually.


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