Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Squadron 150 Participates in SAREX and Airborne Photography Ground School

This was not a typical Father's Day weekend for the members of Squadron 150 that participated in two Group trainings, including a Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX) and an Airborne Photography Ground School during the weekend of 18 June-19 June, 2016.

Cessna 206 doing a short field take off

Airborne Photography Ground School
The Airborne Photography Ground School took place on 18 June, 2016 at the Metro Cities Fire Dispatch headquarters in Anaheim on 18 June, 2016. In the past few years airborne photography has become one of CAWG's leading mission requests, with agencies such as FEMA and CalOES tasking CAP to perform these missions.

Squadron 150's Director of Operations Capt. Bodo Rau was the lead project manager for the SAREX which saw over 20 Civil Air Patrol Airmen from multiple Groups (including members from Squadron 150) participate as aircrew in nine air sorties over two days and as ground staff for KFUL Mission Base. Two CAP aircraft were used during the weekend including a Cessna 182 (equipped with the G1000 system) and a Cessna 206.

(L to R) Capt. Rich Lovick (Incident Commander), Capt Bodo Rau (Lead Project Officer) and Maj. Gardner Harris 

Our squadron's thanks to Captain Rau for his hard work and efforts in planning and executing a successful SAREX, to the members who volunteered their time to participate in the SAREX and to Capt. Dan Eichelberger and Capt. Craig Newton for planning, facilitating and instructing the members who attended AP Ground School.