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Michigan Wing

Provides impressive, comprehensive program of service

The Michigan Wing has handled a major air disaster, papal security, counter-terrorism and flood damage. After 9/11, the wing provided manpower and communications support to state and local emergency operations centers. Also, six aircrew members participated in a 2006 NORAD counter-terrorism exercise 10 days before Super Bowl XL, flying two CAP aircraft as simulated targets for jets and helicopters patrolling airspace above Ford Field and Detroit.

After Northwest Flight 255 crashed on takeoff at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in August 1987, 220 wing members worked at the emergency operations center and at roadblocks and conducted a search of the runway and flight path. The following month, over 680 members from the Michigan and Wisconsin wings worked 12-hour shifts at observation points around the airport perimeter during Pope John Paul II’s visit.

In 1976, gales and heavy rains caused strain on flood control dams in Genesee, Shiawassee and Ingham counties, resulting in $65 million in damages. CAP members provided five days of aerial surveillance, emergency communications, transportation, sandbagging and evacuation. Aerial reconnaissance located debris blockages that were subsequently dynamited, lowering river water levels. CAP sandbagging was credited with saving the Byron Dam from breaking.

In November 1964, Cadet Col. Douglas C. Roach, team commander of the 1962 drill team that won the National Cadet Competition, was the first recipient of the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, CAP’s most prestigious cadet honor.

Michigan Wing members provided airport perimeter support when Pope John Paul II visited Detroit in 1987. During his two-day papal visit to Michigan, John Paul II led a mass before more than 90,000 in Detroit’s Silverdome.
Michigan Wing members provided airport perimeter support when Pope John Paul II visited Detroit in 1987. During his two-day papal visit to Michigan, John Paul II led a mass before more than 90,000 in Detroit’s Silverdome.
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