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SDWG to Hold Training Exercise in Brookings

July 8, 2022

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(Brookings, SD) --- South Dakota Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), will focus on search and disaster relief photography during an exercise Saturday (July 9) in Brookings.  The day-long exercise will allow CAP members to refine their airborne, ground team and unmanned drone photography skills and procedures.

"Regular training and advancement in our individual capabilities is important to being able to keep our commitment to readiness to serve the people of South Dakota,” said Col. Mike Beason, CAP incident commander for the exercise. “We’ll make use of our best practices to accomplish specific training tasks, including approving members who have achieved new qualifications. Our command post staff will be training on mission management, as well as scenario problem-solving.”

Civil Air Patrol performs search, disaster relief and other missions in its role as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, part of the Air Force Total Force. CAP is aligned with First Air Force to rapidly respond to nonmilitary threats domestically when tasked in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities capacity to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance.

"Our members will have a busy day in Brookings," said Col. Michael Marek, CAP’s South Dakota Wing commander. "The summer arts festival and a fly-in breakfast at the airport will provide visibility for CAP in the community, and remind us to use meticulous air and ground safety procedures.”

CAP has close to 400 members in South Dakota with units in Brookings, Custer, Miller/Faulkton, Mitchell, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Tea. The wing can deploy its six aircraft, ground teams and small search drones to assist in emergency response and other support to local, state, tribal and federal agencies.

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