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U.S. Air Force observes Vermont Civil Air Patrol

SO. BURLINGTON-The Vermont Wing of the Civil Air Patrol held a wingwide observed training event June 12 at the Burlington International Airport.

The exercise scenario was created by officers of the U.S. Air Force. The exercise was designed to improve the operational readiness of the Vermont Wing to conduct missions safely, including coordination of air assets, ground assets, communications and logistics.

Aircrews and ground teams were asked to perform prescribed search patterns, directional finding searches, air/ground communication, homeland security, advanced aerial imagery or other photography sorties. Scenarios took search-and-rescue crews to several locations in Addison, Rutland and Chittenden counties. The scenarios included searches for a simulated missing aircraft and involved several individuals played by CAP and USAF personnel.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP 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 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

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