Civil Air Patrol

Wisconsin Wing completes successful SAR practice mission

Photo by Lt. Col. Connie King - Lt. Col. Julie Sorenson, Southeast Group commander, briefs two members of Green County Senior Flight, Senior Member Nicholas Panasenko and 1st Lt. Ronald Kainz.

Milwaukee, Wis. – Over 80 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Wisconsin Wing members successfully completed a three-day search and rescue (SAR) practice mission June 8-10 based at Timmerman Airport.   Eight of Wisconsin’s thirteen CAP aircraft completed 36 air missions (sorties) while five ground teams participated in 45 ground sorties during the weekend event.

Members representing 21 units, including Col. Don Haffner, Great Lakes Region vice-commander  of operations, covered scenarios from electronic locator transmission (ELT) searches, photo missions, air to ground coordination problems and missing person searches.  One aircrew was able to test the wing’s new airborne repeater.

Many members were able to complete the necessary specialty training needed to become qualified in a specific area of a mission such as ground team, mission base assistant or communications personnel.  Other members were given the opportunity to try other various mission skills in order to discover where new interests may lie or to broaden their mission capabilities.

The training weekend would not have been a success without the members who took time out of their busy schedule to practice and learn new skills.  Lt. Col. Chris Trossen, Wisconsin Wing emergency service director helped to organize the event with Timmerman Composite Squadron providing meals.

As with all wing SAR exercises, Air Force personnel were on hand to share with CAP personnel their expertise and to provide valuable input on how to improve their emergency service capabilities.

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