Illinois Wing News
An update of Civil Air Patrol's Illinois Wing response to the COVID mission as of the end of June, 2020 as well as a slideshow of submitted photos.
Civil Air PatrolCadet Major Roi Norber, CAP became the 45th cadet to earn his Private Pilots License via the Cadet Wings Program which is funded by the USAF
Exercise Exercise Exercise
Civil Air Patrol's Great Lake Region continues its 14-day disaster-relief/SAR exercise. This operation simulates our ability to respond to flooding along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers as well as our ability to manage other simultaneously occurring emergency missions. Today 6 March 2020, IL Wing completed aerial digital imaging of the greater Chicagoland expressways as simulated evacuation routes for the IL Department of Transportation. Today's aerial sorties completed that tasking.
Tomorrow major tasking will bring a new set of challenges to test the muster of all Emergency Services assets and resources as the Wing will attempt to bring current several overdue tasks that were delayed due to weather conditions. It's not too late to participate! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kthirtyacre@ilwg.cap.gov if you wish to sharpen your skills.
Exercise Exercise Exercise
Civil Air Patrol's Great Lake Region is conducting a disaster relief exercise during the first two weeks of March. This operation simulates our ability to respond to flooding along the Mississippi River as well as our ability to manage other simultaneously occurring emergency missions.
Volunteer Air Crews from the Civil Air Patrol’s IL Wing are being deployed from northern and southern Illinois simultaneously to capture real-time digital images of the Mississipi River to assess changing flood stages, levee, and bridge conditions as a service to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 5. The crews will be capturing images using the Domestic Operations Awareness and Assessment Response Tool (DAART) which is a realtime collaboration tool that includes sharing of photos, live video, situational awareness, and more. The crews will also be using digital photography images which can be uploaded directly to FEMA and other government and civilian agencies for immediate analysis.
Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force, regularly prepares for these and other real-world missions requested by the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Departments of Transportation in most states, and several other agencies.
Today’s mission is part of a two-week exercise and is especially challenging given the length of the simulated disaster and the large staffing needs which would tax any volunteer organization.