North Carolina Wing
North Carolina CAP on duty 24/7
Tropical Storm Ernesto drowned thoughts of sunshine and relaxation over the 2007 Labor Day weekend. Instead of relaxing, CAP volunteers in North Carolina chronicled flood damage through photographs detailing vital information on search and rescue needs as well as farm and residential flood damage. Ernesto provided a chance for CAP to use the Geographic Information System flight tracking and reporting equipment while flying sorties.
During Hurricane Irene in 2011, the Winston-Salem Composite Squadron and 11 other North Carolina Wing units helped distribute food and supplies to damaged areas around the state. The CAP units managed four distribution points and a central distribution point in Beaufort County. More than 140 North Carolina CAP volunteers participated in the various missions.
Not all disasters occur during the daytime or during the week. In November 1988, the North Carolina Wing responded to a call at 1:30 a.m. A tornado had struck during the Thanksgiving weekend and destroyed a Kmart shopping center, 500 homes and damaging another 1,500 homes in Nash and Wake counties. Less than an hour after the initial call, 15 CAP volunteers stood in the Kmart parking lot ready to help in every way possible.
North Carolina CAP units have a long history of providing eyes in the sky. During Desert Shield, CAP worked with active duty and reserve units to watch the skies over the U.S. CAP volunteers flew 140 hours of reconnaissance missions over a 10-week period in the Sunny Point Weapons depot area. Each sortie lasted between two and five hours and had two U.S. Army personnel on board.