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A Message from the Wing Dorector of Operations

posted Mar 25, 2014, 1:32 PM by Scott Dean
A Civil Air Patrol plane flies over the massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing as shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash. The search for survivors grew Monday raising fears that the death toll could climb far beyond the eight confirmed fatalities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

On Sunday WSDOT contacted the AFRCC to request CAP High bird and Photo Support for the SR-530 Slide. After discussions with Lt Col John Reno (ES Director) and representatives from WSDOT we determined that two A/C and Crews would be required. We did not issue a general alert since the mission requirements as briefed were very limited in scope and the mission was expected to last only one day.

As the size of the event became clear on Sunday our role increased and we flew High bird missions where we provided Comms. and  valuable information to the aircraft that were in the  operation area. The area is narrow and our help added to air safety for everyone ( In fact both Lt Col. Reno and myself were thanked by various aircrews for the help they received from our high Bird crew).  In addition  our aircrews saw possible areas of concern at the slide site, they reported it to missions base and took photos that were used by the EOC ,  we also assisted with the TFR as it kept growing till it was 8 miles.

We continued with the Same Mission Monday and as of today we are done.

Thank you to all the Air crew who flew once again your professionalism and skill impressed all who were involved, and thanks to the crews that were in stand-by mode if the event had grown we were ready.


The AP Press was flying on Monday and took the attached Picture ( I think it is 4600) and I have a link to the article.

Ralph W. Black
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