Search and Rescue for missing airplanes and people, homeland security, disaster response and counter drug are just some of the services that the members of the Michigan Wing provide every day. Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.
Search and Rescue
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Just how effective are the CAP missions? Nearly 100 people are saved each year by CAP members.
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard.
CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.
Air Force Support
It’s hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions.
CAP joined the “war on drugs” in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.
Michigan Wing stands ready with well-trained professional volunteers who are NIMS compliant; everything from incident commanders to ground team members. We have a corporate fleet of 10 aircraft, 19 vehicles, and a multitude of VHF/HF-ALE radios ready to be deployed at any time.
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To obtain Emergency Services from Civil Air Patrol within the state of Michigan, please contact the Michigan State Police Intelligence Operation Center (MIOC) at 517-241-8000. This includes immediate response for Search & Rescue missions, Disaster Relief missions, missions to prevent human suffering or to mitigate great property damage.
Mission Forms and important wing documents
Wing Aerial Photography Package and Common Operating Picture (password protected)