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Thursday, July 31, 2014

NH Civil Air Patrol praised by evaluators

A team of Air Force non-combat evaluators visited the New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol Wing headquarters on Saturday for a twice-yearly evaluation of its emergency response capabilities.

The evaluation began July 21 and continued throughout the week with a number of aerial photography flights simulating the Wing’s disaster response capability. ...

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A team of Air Force non-combat evaluators visited the New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol Wing headquarters on Saturday for a twice-yearly evaluation of its emergency response capabilities.

The evaluation began July 21 and continued throughout the week with a number of aerial photography flights simulating the Wing’s disaster response capability.

Eight simulated scenarios designed by the evaluators were prosecuted during the day. Many of them involved aerial photography of possible damages to dams on the Connecticut River from the simulated earthquake. Others involved a missing person and a reported downed aircraft. The wing’s southern route fire patrol was also activated.

The test ran from 7 a.m. through about 5:30 p.m.

After all the scenarios were executed satisfactorily by its members, the Wing was out briefed by the Air Force evaluation team and was given an outstanding rating for their efforts. In all 91 personnel from throughout the state were involved in the evaluation.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the 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.

Its unpaid members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The 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.