Beason Volunteers for FEMA
Col. Mike Beason, the SD Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Director of sUAS (Small Unmanned Aerial Systems), has another job when he’s not volunteering with CAP. He works part-time in two Reserve positions with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). After retiring from his previous employment 5 years ago, he applied to FEMA to be in Air Operations. His background as an Air Force pilot and a pilot in CAP gave him the experience FEMA was looking for. His experiences as a CAP Air Operations Branch Director, Operations Section Chief, and Incident Commander got him hired to work in Air Operations. He’s conducted Air Operations for FEMA in Puerto Rico (twice), Guam, Saipan, South Carolina, Texas, and currently in Anchorage Alaska. Additionally, he has another position as an Operations Task Force Lead and he’s deployed to help with fires in Oregon and hurricane response in Louisiana.