Howard Squadron participates in USAF evaluation exercise. By Kevin W. Redman, Lt. Col,
Commander, Howard Composite Squadron, MDWG, CAP.

In early May Howard Composite Squadron, CAP members participated in the annual US Air
Force evaluation exercise designed to test Maryland Wing’s Emergency Services capabilities.
This year the exercise consisted of a week-long scenario in which Maryland Wing aircrews
demonstrated their ability to fly Homeland Security and Disaster Relief sorties during which they
practiced aerial search and photography operations. The exercise culminated on Saturday, 11
May with continued aerial photography, missing aircraft and missing person search scenarios.
On 11 May, Howard Squadron was dispatched from its home location to Rocky Gap State Park
near Cumberland, MD to support the missing aircraft search scenario. The ground team
consisted of six personnel in three vehicles under the lead of Majors Terri and John Taylor.
Upon arrival at Rocky Gap, the team contacted the Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Cumberland
ground teams already operating in the area as well as an aircraft operating overhead. At this
point, mission base contacted the team and assigned Lt Col Kevin Redman to take over as on-
scene commander and coordinate the actions of all ground teams in the area.
Based on simulated reports from search aircraft, the teams were provided coordinates to a
remote hill top and directed to investigate a possible sighting of a ‘crashed aircraft’. After a long
drive down a ‘backwoods’ trail, the teams located the search objective and proceeded to
execute simulated rescue and site surveillance operations. With time left in the training day,
Howard Squadron members took the opportunity to provide crash site approach, site
surveillance, hasty search, emergency locator transmitter direction finding and Stokes litter
rescue transportation training t the other units. After an active day, the teams secured the area
and were directed to RTB (return to base) in order to close out the exercise.

Major Terri Taylor demonstrates to BCC and Cumberland Ground teams how to prepare a
Stokes Litter for transportation.

 

Howard Composite Squadron meets Thursday nights, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria of
Building 1 of the Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Laboratory located at 11100 Johns
Hopkins Road, Laurel, Maryland. We invite anyone interested in aerospace education, cadet
leadership training or emergency services support to attend a meeting to see if CAP
membership is a way for you to serve your community. Youths, ages 12 to 18, parents and
adults interested in the cadet or senior program are always welcome to drop by our meetings.
Contact information for the Howard Composite Squadron is at
http://mdwg.cap.gov/index.php/squadrons/howard-composite-squadron/ .
Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and
rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the
State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed
services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at
www.mdcap.org or follow the Wing on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.

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. Visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.