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Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Conducts Aerial Photo Training Exercises - 05/20/17

The Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is conducting training exercises in Aurora, OR, on Saturday, May 20th.

Civil Air Patrol members will be focusing on their aerial photography and reconnaissance skills, practicing with new equipment that could help state and federal responses in a disaster.

Oregon Civil Air Patrol will be training on the DAART system, a technologically advanced non-classified photo system now employed by numerous government agencies to provide real-time high resolution digital photo and video reconnaissance of disaster situations. The photos and videos that DAART can provide could enhance the ability of participating agencies to collaborate and respond to disaster areas with appropriate resources faster and more effectively than previously able to in the past.

In addition to training their aerial photographers, the Oregon Wing members will also be honing their mission base skills, urban direction finding skills, and communications skills. Members train once a month in the spring and summer to stay current with the skills they would need if a disaster ever happens.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. The Total Force consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees.

CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. CAP is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually.