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Dubuque SAREX (follow up press release)

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by Capt. Cindi Wachholz
Public Information Officer – Trainee
Northwest Iowa Composite Squadron
NCR-IA-007

DUBUQUE, IOWA  The Iowa Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the United States Air Force, conducted a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) in Dubuque and surrounding areas. A total of 84 CAP members contributed almost 600 volunteer man hours, for a day of training in air and ground operations.

Under the direction of the Incident Commander, Maj Leo Bertling, Wing Director of Operations, ground and air teams worked in tandem to successfully complete the assigned missions. “I thought the exercise went well overall,”stated Maj Bertling. Included in the days scenarios were: A missing person search in the area of Swiss Valley Park was successfully conducted involving both air and ground assets. Several Emergency Locating Transmitter (ELT) missions, were carried out in eastern Iowa. Photo missions, similar to the ones flown during the recent flooding, at the request of local, state, and federal agencies, such as Homeland Security, EPA, Corps of Engineers, and USDA were completed in the Guttenburg, Bellevue, and Chestnut Mountain areas. Air and ground crews worked together to locate a “missing vehicle” in rural south east Dubuque County.

During an actual mission, tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center or the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the benefits of these types of exercises are realized. Incident Commander Bertling looks toward improvements in future SAREX’s by reducing the time that members are not working on a sortie and to improve the pre-planning aspects.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

April 2, 2010 at 11:04 am