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Iowa Wing

Members are citizens serving communities

Every Civil Air Patrol unit in Iowa was on alert in 1993 when heavy rains and flooding hit the state. Wing aircrews carried out numerous damage assessment flights and ferried local and state officials and representatives from national agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 1982 cadets and senior members assisted with cleanup in Emerson after a violent flash flood caused an Amtrak train to derail. The wing was called on again to provide critical damage assessment in 2000 and 2006 after tornadoes struck Waterloo and Iowa City, respectively.

In 2008 members flew more than 15 missions and delivered to the state emergency management agency and the National Weather Service more than 1,800 photos of damage caused by floodwaters. During the same year the wing provided more than 200 damage assessment images after an F5 tornado struck part of the state.

When the wing’s volunteers aren’t helping state residents recover from tornadoes and flood, they’re helping save lives during blizzards. In 1984, the wing was credited with five saves during a blizzard in eastern Iowa, where members also provided transportation to local medical facilities and assisted law enforcement with rescuing stranded motorists.

—Markeshia Ricks

U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin (left) and Chuck Grassley (center) were flown over flood-ravaged Iowa by Capt. Kim Kirschman in June 2008. Both senators expressed thanks for the flight, which helped them determine the needs of flood victims across the state. Photo by Capt. Christopher Colvin, Iowa Wing
U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin (left) and Chuck Grassley (center) were flown over flood-ravaged Iowa by Capt. Kim Kirschman in June 2008. Both senators expressed thanks for the flight, which helped them determine the needs of flood victims across the state. Photo by Capt. Christopher Colvin, Iowa Wing
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