Hawker Squadron volunteers Lt Col Tom Sayer, Capt Larry See and SM Bill Daniels traveled to Bakersfield to participate in the annual California Wing exercise.
Bill Daniels served as a Public Information Officer trainee and authored this press release for local media:
PRESS RELEASE — April 30, 2016
California Wing Mobilizing In Exercise Simulating Two Major Earthquakes
BAKERSFIELD, California – U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol (“CAP”) is mobilizing this weekend in an exercise simulating disaster relief efforts following two major west coast earthquakes.
The exercise scenario has a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hitting the Hayward Fault in northern California this past Thursday, followed by a second quake off the Oregon coast. The imaginary twin seismic events are triggering mobilization of CAP’s all-volunteer organization, which counts emergency services disaster response as a primary mission.
The exercise is utilizing the incident command system (ICS) with 3 primary locations. Bakersfield is designated as the Area Command, coordinating efforts between two operational bases located at Gillespie field in San Diego and Sacramento executive airport in Sacramento
The exercise scenario has the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tasking CAP to conduct damage assessment and tsunami watch operations over the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California coastline. Additionally, the exercise includes a reported missing single engine civilian aircraft travelling from southern to northern California, with the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida tasking CAP in search and rescue efforts for the missing aircraft.
Over 100 volunteers across California are involved in the disaster exercise, flying nearly twenty single engine Cessna aircraft and operating numerous other vehicles.
“This is a big event for California’s Civil Air Patrol community and we’re honored that Bakersfield is hosting our organization,” said Capt Charles Christian, incident commander at the Bakersfield command center. “Exercises like this these assure Civil Air Patrol volunteers and resources are ready to help our communities should disaster strike in the future.”