National Capital Wing
Master of unique, behind-the-scene missions
The National Capital Wing’s geographic location places its members in the heart of the nation’s capital. For the past two presidential inaugurations, the wing joined forces with numerous federal, state and local agencies, as well as the District of Columbia Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency, to help ensure that events went smoothly. Members’ duties for both events included coordinating emergency responses, providing operational support like ground transportation for FEMA, manning mobile communication command centers and handing out meals, scarves and earmuffs to the 500 U.S. Air Force Airmen working that day.
National Capital Wing volunteers also coordinate with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center and the U.S. Coast Guard for Falcon Virgo exercises. Falcon Virgo tests the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s rapid response times. The flights are designed to sharpen the NAADC’s intercept and identification operations to test the National Capital Region’s Visual Warning System. Falcon Virgo also assists in certifying newly assigned command and control personnel at the Joint Air Defense Operations Center. CAP pilots perform about 70 percent of the training flights, making the activity much more cost-effective than using military airplanes.
During Hurricane Sandy, Civil Air Patrol partnered with relief agencies and the American Red Cross to provide humanitarian aid. Members also collaborated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to capture 157,000 photos of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction. The photos were essential in helping FEMA get an accurate picture of the damage and where help was needed the most.