To Be of Service to My Community, State, and Nation....

posted Jan 23, 2015, 7:14 AM by Richard Qualls   [ updated Jan 23, 2015, 7:16 AM ]
Growing from its World War II experience, CAP has continued to save lives and assist communities through a myriad of emergency services and operational missions. Perhaps best known for its search and rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 90 percent of all inland search and rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Another important service CAP performs is disaster relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster relief organizations. CAP has
agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, FEMA, FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard. CAP also flies humanitarian missions – usually in support of the Red Cross – transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

It’s hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets.  

CAP has come full-circle by being called upon to be a major contributor to our country’s critical Homeland Security efforts. We have over 61,000 well trained volunteers in 1,500 units nationwide. Our members have excellent air/ground observation and communications assets at their disposal. CAP can provide aerial reconnaissance, photography and transportation, radiological monitoring, disaster and damage assessment, and much, much more. 

The Virginia Wing, Group 2, and Coastal Composite Squadron are kicking the year off with a focus on training and and exercise experience to prepare our members to be of service. For more details on Emergency Services at VA-095 and to learn how you can become qualified and build skills in Emergency Services click HERE.    Semper Vigilans - "Always Vigilant"