Kentucky CAP has impressive record of service
Kentucky Wing members responded to flooding in 1952, supplying communications, flight crews and ground rescue personnel in the aftermath. That October, when dry conditions sparked several forest fires, members relayed radio reports between firefighters, and they spotted fires from the air. Heavy flooding returned in April 1977, and the wing provided mobile radio teams and transported medical supplies and personnel. In 1997, another round of flooding resulted in flights in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Tornadoes in 1975 and 2008 saw the wing fly damage assessment missions and provide emergency power generators. After ice storms left 30 people dead and 750,000 without power in 2009, members assessed and documented the damage. Over 100 volunteers from four wings took part in the six-day response.
Wing members took part in an 18-day mission in March 1973 after a barge containing chlorine broke loose on the Ohio River. Volunteers handed out gas masks and other emergency equipment. After the Sept. 11 terror attacks, members flew blood platelets to New Jersey that afternoon.
The wing assisted with security duties at the2006 Kentucky Derby. Aerial photographs informed authorities on the ground of traffic patterns near the race, attended by over 150,000 people.
Wing members supported Army soldiers at Fort Campbell in a 2014 training exercise. Army leadership was impressed by the test training flights, paving the way for future cooperation.