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Civil Air Patrol Helps Honor Veterans

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Jessica Geraci 
Staff Writer 
6:25 p.m. CDT, May 30, 2010

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Unitarian Church in Davenport honored veterans in a special Memorial Day service, with members of the Davenport Civil Patrol serving as the color guard.

After the color guard carried in the American flag, parishioners sang patriotic songs as part of the service to honor veterans. The day holds a special meaning for Civil Air Patrol Lieutenant Justin Sawyer, “My father was in the military and two of my brothers are in the military and this is my way of showing them thanks and everyone else who gives our country what we have today.”

The Civil Air Patrol took part in another service honor veterans on Memorial Day.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Prepared for Action – Civil Air Patrol Holds Search and Rescue Exercises

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

FT. DODGE, IOWA  The Iowa Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the United States Air Force, conducted Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREX) in Ft. Dodge and in surrounding areas on Saturday, May 1, 2010. More than 65 CAP members from across Iowa worked together for a day of training in air and ground crew exercises.

The incident commander for the SAREX was Maj Leo Bertling, Wing Director of Operations, and is from Cedar Rapids. Under his command, both ground and air crews worked together to successfully complete the assigned sorties within the Search and Rescue Exercise parameters. “We improve our skills everytime we hold a SAREX,” said Bertling. Included in the days scenarios were: A missing person on the Three Rivers Trail in Humboldt, IA . He was successfully located by both air and ground teams. An Emergency Locater Transponder (ELT) was detected in rural Webster City, IA. Locating an ELT, which is a beaconing device, is necessary for locating missing or downed aircraft. Photo missions were used to train air crews in Mission Scanner and Mission Observer roles. A “downed aircraft” in rural Ottosen was successfully found by aircrews. Mission Scanners and Observers have been officially tasked during the flooding which occurred in Iowa and Minnesota in recent years. The CAP is tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center or the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. It is during these actual emergency situations that the benefits of these types of exercises are realized. Training is the key for the success of Civil Air Patrol missions.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

Civil Air Patrol teaches search and rescue

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Officers, cadets gather in FD for daylong training exercise
May 2, 2010 – By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer

Several members of the Iowa Civil Air Patrol may only be in their teens, but Maj. Leo Bertling, of Cedar Rapids, said the well-trained young men and women really “know their stuff.”

“Some of them might only be 16 years old, but they’re good at what they do,” said Bertling, who served as the incident commander for a CAP search and rescue exercise at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport Saturday. “I know if I was missing, they’re the ones I’d want out there looking for me.”

The daylong training exercise drew around 60 CAP officers and cadets from Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Red Oak, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Burlington to the airport where they participated in simulated ground- and air-exercise missions to locate missing people and downed aircraft.

After their morning briefings, several cadets, ages 12 to 21, set out to participate in a missing person “rescue” on the Three Rivers Trail north of Humboldt. Along the way, they looked for clues, such as clothing, footprints and water bottles that might lead them to the person’s location. Bertling said that on a real search and rescue mission, CAP members work to get as much personal information about the missing subject as they possibly can prior to starting a search.

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Written by Iowa Wing CAP

May 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm