Oakland, CA (PRWEB) May 03, 2014
The California Wing of the Pacific Region Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will be conducting a Disaster Relief Training Exercise (“DRE”) during the period of 3 May through 4 May 2014. Amelia Earhart, Senior Squadron 188 at the Oakland Airport North Field is hosting the exercise and is participating as the mission base for California. Most of the flight and ground operations will start on the 3d and 4th of May 2014.
The purpose of the exercise is to enhance operational readiness for future disasters, such as earthquakes and other events that may impact local/regional infrastructure of California, by involving multiple CAP Squadrons in a functional / full-scale exercise involving 4 aircraft as well as more than 20 aircrew and over 50 participants.
FEMA and other agencies have requested tasking according to their individual needs.
Members of the media are invited to participate and have the opportunity to view all the aspects of the operation. In a real mission there will not be the chance to do so.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 32 lives in fiscal year 2012.
Its volunteers 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 the more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 70 years. It is a major partner of Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. For more information on Civil Air Patrol, visit http://www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com