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Civil Air Patrol to hold drill

June 04, 2005

The Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will simulate a response to a hurricane striking landfall in the mid-Atlantic region during a drill today and Saturday at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

During the search-and-rescue/disaster drill, aircrews, ground teams, communications units and mission base operations staff will run scenarios based on actual search-and-rescue and disaster relief missions for both missing aircraft and missing persons. The Maryland Wing is evaluated by the U.S. Air Force to determine its effectiveness in carrying out the emergency services missions.

There are approximately 1,280 members of CAP in Maryland. Last fiscal year, wing members flew 31 search-and-rescue missions as assigned by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, and was credited with 19 finds.

CAP, the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. Its volunteers perform 95 percent of inland search and rescue missions in the continental United States, as well as homeland security, disaster relief and counter drug missions.

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For information about the Civil Air Patrol, visit mdcap.org.

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