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Local CAP hosts statewide air drill

June 05, 2005|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

About 100 volunteers from the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, collaborating between air and ground forces, sought out the wreckage of two downed planes, delivered badly needed blood to Cumberland, Md., and took surveillance photographs of an undisclosed power plant Saturday using Hagerstown Regional Airport as their mission base, Maryland Wing spokesman Steven Solomon said.

Civil Air Patrol squadrons from across the state performed the activities as part of a biennial evaluation by the U.S. Air Force in conjunction with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security, Solomon said.

As part of their first task, aircraft were deployed to find mock wreckage from a plane reported missing after takeoff from Toledo, Ohio, which they later determined from mock witnesses had collided with a second aircraft. Solomon said seven aircraft deployed to narrow the search area from above and ground units then sought to find the wreckage.

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As part of a second task from MEMA, the squadrons delivered blood to Cumberland and, in their third exercise for Homeland Security, took surveillance photographs of the power plant. The exercise was expected to last until today, but Solomon said the volunteers were able to complete the drill Saturday with some prep time Friday night.

"Our commander of the wing and the incident commander for the exercise were both pleased," Solomon said.

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