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Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Conducts Busy Weekend SAREX - 08/19/17

While most people are either staying home or braving the traffic to get to an eclipse-sighting spot this weekend, members of the Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol are busy conducting their monthly SAREX, or search-and-rescue exercise.

"We train regularly so we are ready when there is an actual need for our services," Lt Col Ira Rosenberg, Incident Commander, said.

Most monthly weekend trainings have a focus, like 'aerial photography' or 'ground team.' At those SAREXs, Oregon Wing members work to hone their skills on that focus.

Unlike previous SAREXs, though, this Saturday's training has three components: Communication, eclipse monitoring, and training. SAREX participants, depending on their needs, will be able to choose what training and skills they want to practice.

"This is near the end of our fiscal year and it gives us a chance to catch up on training that we missed or need more of. We will do this as well as supporting the State of Oregon with its eclipse support," Lt Col Rosenberg said.

In addition to the practice training that Oregon Wing members will receive, some members will be working a real-world assignment: Monitoring road and airport conditions along the eclipse's 'path of totality' on behalf of the Oregon Department of Aviation and Oregon Transportation Department.

"Large numbers of people are expected for the event and we want to make it as pleasant as possible for all people from Oregon and from out of state," Lt Col Rosenberg said.

Civil Air Patrol, is a strategic partner of the U.S. Air Force serving as a member of its Total Force. It is a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit organization with 56,000 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 an average of 80 lives a year.

Using a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft, CAP flew 104,500 hours last year. CAP does its work supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 24,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.

CAP mission pilot Lt. Dan Bradley and CAP mission observer Maj Rezai Morteza go over flight plans for aerial photo mission prior to takeoff.
CAP mission pilot Lt. Dan Bradley and CAP mission observer Maj Rezai Morteza go over flight plans for aerial photo mission prior to takeoff.
Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Assists in Eclipse Traffic Monitoring (Photo) - 08/19/17

AURORA, Ore. -- Members of the Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol are flying the skies today through Tuesday, monitoring road and airport conditions of areas in the eclipse's 'path of totality.'

The Civil Air Patrol was launched at the request of the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA), in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Because Oregon is expected to have more than one million visitors this weekend, ODA, ODOT and OEM have tasked the Civil Air Patrol to monitor areas where there is a high possibility of severe congestion or safety concerns at local airports.

Over the next four days, multiple aircrews from the Oregon Wing CAP will fly routes that will help ODA and ODOT monitor the conditions of at least 17 airports and 7 major roads. The CAP aircrews will be able to give ODA and ODOT personnel real-time updates of the congestion, which could help ODA and ODOT respond to real-time circumstances.

"We are working with the Oregon Department of Aviation, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Office of Emergency Management to assist Oregonians and visitors in having a safe and rewarding experience during the eclipse," Lt Col Nick Ham, Civil Air Patrol Incident Commander, said.

Civil Air Patrol is a strategic partner of the U.S. Air Force serving as a member of its Total Force. It is a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit organization with 56,000 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 an average of 80 lives a year.

Using a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft, CAP flew 104,500 hours last year. CAP does its work supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 24,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.