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Dallas Air Force Auxiliary Assist Harvey Recovery by Air and Ground

posted Sep 18, 2017, 5:53 PM by Scott Carter   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 6:22 PM ]

SPR 05-09-17
391st Composite Squadron
Group III, Texas Wing
Civil Air Patrol



 Dallas Air Force Auxiliary Assist Harvey Recovery by Air and Ground

 Dallas, TX – September 5, 2017 -  Civil Air Patrol’s 391st Composite Squadron in Dallas, along with the 76th Composite Squadron in Grand Prairie and 390th Composite Squadron in Addison, conducted emergency missions to support the disaster response to Hurricane Harvey. Among volunteers from Dallas-Fort Worth who are have been assisting are flight and ground crews who train year-round to respond and serve their community, state and nation when called.

 On Friday, August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed cities including Rockport, Port Aransas and Corpus Christi and was followed by torrential rain and devastation in Houston and the Southeast Texas coastal region. Immediately, thousands of volunteers and groups mobilized to assist in the recovery efforts.

 Several flight crew members of the 391st who accepted current missions recently earned the distinction of First Place Flight Crew in the Southwest Region Civil Air Patrol (CAP). On August 5, 2017, crews from six different states in CAP’s Southwest Region met in San Marcos, Texas and competed in a rigorous and timed evaluation that tested each crew’s knowledge and practical skills in search and rescue, disaster response, and mission operations. The highest scoring crew was from the 391st Composite Squadron at Dallas Love Field. The 391st represented the State of Texas after placing first in the Texas Wing Flight Evaluation on March 6, 2017.

 The members of the top-scoring 391st team are Lieutenant Colonel Don Gulliksen, Major Scott Knightly, Captain Brian Relin, and Captain Mark Holub. Relin announced that the big lesson he learned from Holub is to “do it with a purpose.” Holub stated the areas evaluated are keys to success during a critical incident response mission: crew resource management, teamwork, crew coordination, and delegation of responsibility.

 The competition helped to highlight the rapid response needed in an actual emergency mission which includes plotting the flight route, filing the flight plan, inspecting the plane before takeoff, flying the route precisely and staying focused on safety at all times. Additionally, these intense simulations help CAP flight crews and mission staff train for response to real world situations such as what Texas is now facing. Following the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey, these CAP volunteers who have trained with a purpose were ready to proudly serve their community and state.

 Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, has a track record of being called to support the State of Texas and has supported other federal disasters. Many people remember CAP volunteers assisting the search for debris after the Columbia Space Shuttle crash over Texas and Louisiana in 2003. CAP was also involved in disaster relief assistance after Hurricane Ike in 2008. And, most recently, CAP volunteers flew countless hours providing aerial photography following the flooding on Memorial Day in 2015.

 Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which 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 and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

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                                             Blanca Applewhite, 1nd Lt CAP
                                             Public Affairs Officer
                                             391st Composite Squadron
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