Disaster relief, intercept training among signature missions
In response to a tornado on April 3, 1975, the Indiana Wing provided ground rescue teams, emergency generators and radio operations in support of numerous agencies. Aside from assessing damage, ground teams also assisted in cleanup. When a tornado tore through Seymour in 1976, the wing’s help was requested in light of heavy damage to the local airport and residential property. After 88 tornadoes swept through the eastern United States over Veterans Day weekend in 2002, killing 36, the wing’s response was coordinated by CAP’s National Operations Center. When twisters hit the state again in 2008, the wing was on hand to ferry meteorologists to survey damaged sites.
Also in 2008, members assisted in flood prevention in Vanderburgh County. Emergency flooding required some to respond in the middle of the night. More than 40 members were involved in the response, helping with a variety of activities, including filling sandbags.
The Indiana Wing doesn’t just prepare for threats from Mother Nature, as its involvement in security missions for the 2012 Super Bowl demonstrated. Members took part in a NORAD air defense exercise days before the game. The exercise prepared jet fighters to protect the airspace above Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, site of the championship game. Those involved played a key role in allowing partner agencies to practice airspace violation procedures by conducting intercept training flights.