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Joplin Civil Air Patrol Squadron to host search & rescue and disaster training
January 3, 2024
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  • Members of the Col Travis Hoover Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, will be hosting a Search and Rescue/Disaster Relief exercise on Saturday, January 6, 2024. Residents throughout the area may see CAP aircraft, ground teams, and small unmanned aircraft systems (drone) crews during the exercise. Mission Base will be at the Joplin Regional Airport General Aviation Terminal.

    The exercise is expected to start at around 8:00 AM and run till around 4:00 PM. Incident Commander will be Lt Col Jered Horn, Missouri Wing Inspector General. Utilizing a series of pre-planned scenarios, including a missing aircraft, missing person and storm damage assessment, members of the Col Travis Hoover Composite Squadron with support and participation from other southwest Missouri squadrons will be training in skills such as:

    Additionally, the Missouri Wing is evaluated every other year by the U.S. Air Force to ensure that its members can perform as required for the missions they are entrusted with by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Acting as a Total Force partner and official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol performs missions assigned by First Air Force to rapidly respond in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities capacity to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage, and provide humanitarian assistance.