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Civil Air Patrol Flooded with Requests for Assistance

posted Jan 26, 2016, 4:24 PM by lana mark   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 6:25 PM by Scott Carter ]

DALLAS-Civil Air Patrol squadrons in North Texas were flooded with requests for assistance by both federal and local officials during the recent bad weather that blanketed the nation’s   midsection.

In particular the 391st composite squadron was requested to photograph the upper reaches of the Trinity River basin.  Over 1500 photos were taken by aircrews of the 391st   and rather than delivering the photos electronically the crew was requested to deliver the photos in person in Austin.  These photographs were used by the Corp of Engineers specialists to evaluate erosion damage to the area.  Missions were flown at altitudes ranging from 500 feet AGL to as high as 2,500 feet.   Aircrews included Maj Donald A. Gulliksen aerial photographer, 1st Lt Brian K. Relin pilot in command, and  1st Lt Ryan J. Giancomino observer.  Deputy Commander of Cadets, Capt Lana Holub, commented “this is what we train for every day, being ready, when called to duty.”

In addition to aircraft and aircrews the 391st furnished ground mission specialists both senior and cadets to the effort.  These specialists are a vital part of the mission who staff the Incident Command Headquarters located in various cities throughout the state.  As the situation changed the Incident Headquarters was moved to different cities. Initially the office was established in El Paso and later moved to Denton to better serve changing needs.  Other   Groups and squadrons in North Texas furnished additional facilities, aircraft and aircrews to the Wing effort.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit or for more information

Release by Capt Bob Bruton
For more information contact:

                                             Blanca Applewhite, 1nd Lt CAP

                                             Public Affairs Officer

                                             Group III Texas Wing

                                             Civil Air Patrol