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Weather-related emergencies are Ohio CAP’s forte

When Hurricane Camille struck in 1969, causing extensive damage in southern states, Ohio volunteers helped provide communications, transportation and ground search teams. They cleared debris, distributed supplies and conducted aerial reconnaissance of the disaster area.

When tornadoes hit the central part of the country, the wing’s volunteers proved their value closer to home. In 1974 Civil Air Patrol provided power generators for emergency lighting of several small communities and water supply facilities. CAP radio stations also operated in support of federal, state and local disaster relief, and volunteers conducted aerial damage assessment flights and cleanup operations. When a devastating F4 tornado hit Xenia, cadets assisted local officials by directing traffic and aiding victims. Other members provided site security, traffic control, neighborhood security patrols, yard cleaning and clothing collections for victims.

Ohio Wing aircrews also provided real-time, slow-scan television images that year during severe flooding in the Midwest. They worked with the state Emergency Operations Center to provide assistance to thousands of flood victims in southern Ohio and neighboring Kentucky.

Like other CAP wings, Ohio has performed daring search and rescue missions. In 1961, a CAP pilot spotted the wreckage of a Cessna Skylark, 10 miles east of Cincinnati. The pilot landed in a field and discovered three children who had survived.

The Civil Air Patrol Hall of Honor is housed in the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The exhibit, seen here in 1974, pays tribute to Air Force and CAP leaders who were instrumental in establishing and developing the organization. Photo by Frank Perry
The Civil Air Patrol Hall of Honor is housed in the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The exhibit, seen here in 1974, pays tribute to Air Force and CAP leaders who were instrumental in establishing and developing the organization. Photo by Frank Perry
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