Civil Air Patrol

Southeast Wisconsin Group hosts Search and Rescue Exercise

Photo by Capt. Pam Thomas - 1st Lt. Kathy Dugas attends her first ground team briefing with Walco ground team leader Maj. Bob Thomas, ground branch director trainee Capt. Shaun Allen.

Burlington, Wis. – Southeast Wisconsin Group’s search and rescue exercise (SAREX) headed up by project officer Major Lisa Amburgey and incident commander Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gordon, was based at the Burlington Municipal Airport and host to 51 Wisconsin Wing members on Saturday.

Mission-based staff participants gained experience in safety, air branch and ground branch operations, mission communications and Web Mission Information Reporting System (WMIRS).  Aircrews and ground teams had the opportunity to train new members and gain proficiency in the use of electronic direction finding equipment and visual observation, radio operations and personal interviewing techniques.

Ground branch director Major Richard Rupnow was assisted by trainees Captain Shaun Allen and Major Lisa Amburgey.  Air branch director Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gorden was assisted by trainees Lieutenant Colonel Julie Sorenson and Captain John Cook.  Communications was directed by Major Ron Sorenson with the assistance of communication staff Cadets Airman First Class Branden Haugen, Senior Airman Josh Magnus, Master Sergeant Scott Dugas, Senior Master Sergeant Jerome Etten, Second Lieutenant Brandon Nance and First Lieutenant Max Tracy.

Aircraft and mission pilots from Milwaukee’s 10th Senior Support Squadron, Madison 153rd, Racine and Waukesha Composite Squadrons, provided mission scanner and mission observer training for eight Wisconsin Wing members.

Ground Search and Rescue teams from Timmerman, Sheboygan, Racine, Milwaukee #5 and Walco Composite Squadrons were tasked with interviewing witnesses and searching for emergency locator transmitters (ELTs).  Ground team leader trainees included Second Lieutenants Tim Kreutz and Greg Turdo, First Lieutenant Kathy Dugas, Captain Matthew Kopp and Lieutenant Colonel Steve Michaels.

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