: Hurricane Response Exercise-Photos!



93DevilleUSMC
05-31-08, 03:08 AM
The exercise, Hurrex `08, was a simulated response to a hurricane impact on the Georgia coast. So, I drove down to Jesup, Georgia, and got to be a radio operator at the staging area for both days. After we had shut down operations on day one, I went down to Jekyll Island for some down time.


The comm center at the staging area:
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The message center/ mission board
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Some old ALICE gear:
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Here I am operating the radio:
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The staging area manager:
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One of our two search teams:
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Field gear still life:
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Me:
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The beach:
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93DevilleUSMC
05-31-08, 03:11 AM
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93DevilleUSMC
05-31-08, 07:13 PM
This was for Civil Air Patrol, by the way. Are there any CAP members on here?

HITMONEY
05-31-08, 09:24 PM
This was for Civil Air Patrol, by the way. Are there any CAP members on here?

Not many would guess that I am an X Warrant officer in the CAP. (many a year ago)

I wanted to be a Air Force pilot and joined the CAP when I was a young teen. Our unit was stationed out of MacDill AFB. Once I learned I would never fly jets because I am too tall I quit. It was a blast though, went on many a bivouac, static line jumped out of a c-130, and got a ride in a F-16. Was taught to identify 50 plus planes from their silhouette in the sky, did a few serious downed aircraft search and rescue missions for downed civilian aircraft, Hurricane evacs... was a great experience.. much better than Boy Scouts.

By the way... the Search and Rescue team sitting around the table... looks like the only thing they would be able to search out would be more beer and BBQ... LMAO!!

93DevilleUSMC
05-31-08, 09:41 PM
Not many would guess that I am an X Warrant officer in the CAP. (many a year ago)

I wanted to be a Air Force pilot and joined the CAP when I was a young teen. Our unit was stationed out of MacDill AFB. Once I learned I would never fly jets because I am too tall I quit. It was a blast though, went on many a bivouac, static line jumped out of a c-130, and got a ride in a F-16. Was taught to identify 50 plus planes from their silhouette in the sky, did a few serious downed aircraft search and rescue missions for downed civilian aircraft, Hurricane evacs... was a great experience.. much better than Boy Scouts.

By the way... the Search and Rescue team sitting around the table... looks like the only thing they would be able to search out would be more beer and BBQ... LMAO!!

Wow, I didn't know that we ever even HAD Warrant Officers! Was this ever a cadet rank as well? Nowadays, we only have officers and cadets, with few, if any enlisted billets in CAP. Someone proposed a Chief Master Sergeant of Civil Air Patrol rank, but I can't say for the life of me what happened to it.

When you guys did Hurricane evacs, what kind of tasking did they give you? We mainly tracked ELTs on both days.

By the way, the search team is our Rapid Response Team, which is supposedly an "elie ground team" (yeah, right). There's a debate in Georgia Wing right now regarding whether or not cadets have a valid role in emergency services. The RRT represents the anti-cadet side of the debate. I haven't operated with them yet, but I think some of their claims are a laugh.

What years were you in, and did they have the BDU uniforms, or the old olive drabs?

HITMONEY
05-31-08, 10:24 PM
Wow, I didn't know that we ever even HAD Warrant Officers! Was this ever a cadet rank as well? Nowadays, we only have officers and cadets, with few, if any enlisted billets in CAP. Someone proposed a Chief Master Sergeant of Civil Air Patrol rank, but I can't say for the life of me what happened to it.

When you guys did Hurricane evacs, what kind of tasking did they give you? We mainly tracked ELTs on both days.

By the way, the search team is our Rapid Response Team, which is supposedly an "elie ground team" (yeah, right). There's a debate in Georgia Wing right now regarding whether or not cadets have a valid role in emergency services. The RRT represents the anti-cadet side of the debate. I haven't operated with them yet, but I think some of their claims are a laugh.

What years were you in, and did they have the BDU uniforms, or the old olive drabs?


I just went to the CAP website... wow have things changed....

I guess my rank now is called Cadet Second Lieutenant, but I am not sure. The CAP always had a problem with ranks.. I remember all the hoopla about it. The "Ribbon" I had was the "Billy Mitchell". My rank was C/WO Cadet Warrant Officer. But I guess they went with a more Air Force rank system and the Air Force doesn't have WO's.

I was in CAP from 1983 to 1988. When I joined my wing was in complete disarray and was built up in large part by my father and my neighbor, a Cap. in the Air Force (F-16 pilot). I think the 80's was a period of dis-organization in CAP as a whole.. they were trying to transform into more of a Air Force auxiliary and from what I remember, there was alot if infighting.

When I first joined we had no uniforms at all!! Hell, we didn't even have a meeting place. We finally got a sweet meeting trailer on MacDill AFB. As I remember we had the blue jump suite and some olive BDU's for bivouac's.
I think i still have my blue jump suite at my parents house... LOL!

For hurricanes... they loaded us up trucks and dropped us of in neighborhoods and were told to knock on doors and tell people to GTFO!
Then we manned shelters. Nothing to exciting. Thank god I had friends in the higher ups so I got to do some cooler things and was conveniently excused from the mundane.

We did do a some real life downed civilian aircraft searches.. those were cool.

it just seemed that the CAP had great potential but it was a hard fit and local to state governments did not know how to effectively use them or did not even know they existed. From what you say, it doesn't seem like much has changed. Still a square peg in a round hole... civilians but by all appearance military. Confusing to most.

I joined for the sole reason to give me a leg up into the Air Force Academy, when I learned that I would never fly jets I took it out on the CAP and was resentful of my time there and quit. It wasn't until years later that I looked back on it with good memories.. I really did learn alot and i think it helped me mature into a man quicker and kept me from trouble.

Now I look back and consider myself lucky to have had the experience.
And thanks for making me think of them tonight!!

CadillacGurl
05-31-08, 11:03 PM
Cool pictures! :thumbsup: :patriot:

93DevilleUSMC
06-01-08, 12:02 AM
I just went to the CAP website... wow have things changed....

I guess my rank now is called Cadet Second Lieutenant, but I am not sure. The CAP always had a problem with ranks.. I remember all the hoopla about it. The "Ribbon" I had was the "Billy Mitchell". My rank was C/WO Cadet Warrant Officer. But I guess they went with a more Air Force rank system and the Air Force doesn't have WO's.

I was in CAP from 1983 to 1988. When I joined my wing was in complete disarray and was built up in large part by my father and my neighbor, a Cap. in the Air Force (F-16 pilot). I think the 80's was a period of dis-organization in CAP as a whole.. they were trying to transform into more of a Air Force auxiliary and from what I remember, there was alot if infighting.

When I first joined we had no uniforms at all!! Hell, we didn't even have a meeting place. We finally got a sweet meeting trailer on MacDill AFB. As I remember we had the blue jump suite and some olive BDU's for bivouac's.
I think i still have my blue jump suite at my parents house... LOL!

For hurricanes... they loaded us up trucks and dropped us of in neighborhoods and were told to knock on doors and tell people to GTFO!
Then we manned shelters. Nothing to exciting. Thank god I had friends in the higher ups so I got to do some cooler things and was conveniently excused from the mundane.

We did do a some real life downed civilian aircraft searches.. those were cool.

it just seemed that the CAP had great potential but it was a hard fit and local to state governments did not know how to effectively use them or did not even know they existed. From what you say, it doesn't seem like much has changed. Still a square peg in a round hole... civilians but by all appearance military. Confusing to most.

I joined for the sole reason to give me a leg up into the Air Force Academy, when I learned that I would never fly jets I took it out on the CAP and was resentful of my time there and quit. It wasn't until years later that I looked back on it with good memories.. I really did learn alot and i think it helped me mature into a man quicker and kept me from trouble.

Now I look back and consider myself lucky to have had the experience.
And thanks for making me think of them tonight!!


Yeah, you would be a Cadet Second Lieutenant today; I know, because I earned the same award, and earned the 55, 174th one ever to be issued. It's a rare and distinctive honor to earn it, so from one Mitchell Award winner to the other, congratulations to you!

I joined in September 2003, because I wanted to join the Navy and become a SEAL when I turned eighteen; I figured that becoming some kind of cadet would give me an early taste of the military. I was homeschooled, so JROTC wasn't an option for me; CAP had a unit near my home town, so I joined. I stayed in, and so far have ridden in an MH-60 Black Hawk, fired a SAW, done simulated downed aircraft searches in the Appalachians, been Cadet Commander of my small cadet unit from June 2004 to October 2005, and have gotten qualified in ground team and mission radio operations.

Yeah, civilian agencies and local governments have actually gotten a lot better since then at using us; it was a NY Wing CAP Flight that took to first public photos of the 9/11 disaster site. CAP also got used during the post-Katrina relief ops.

These days you have two types of CAP members; the civilian ones who still act like civilians, and the ones whose bearing and actions are all military; I'm the second one, and proud of it. I love CAP; I see it as being my true job, and my job being what I do to support my CAP addiction.

93DevilleUSMC
06-01-08, 12:07 AM
Cool pictures! :thumbsup: :patriot:

Thank you!

Sinister Angel
06-03-08, 06:19 AM
Hell, I like getting *paid* to play soldier.

ADSW orders = easiest $100/day I've had

Oh yeah, got x-ferred to an AVN unit

Eld01
06-03-08, 06:57 AM
Thank you all.

93DevilleUSMC
06-03-08, 10:11 AM
Hell, I like getting *paid* to play soldier.

ADSW orders = easiest $100/day I've had

Oh yeah, got x-ferred to an AVN unit

Nice! AVN=Aviation, right?

Sinister Angel
06-03-08, 04:59 PM
Nice! AVN=Aviation, right?

Yeah, I'm with B Co 1-112 S&S - I'll be working with Kiowas.


Just took the AFAST today - got a prelim score of 145. Find out tomorrow what the official is.

93DevilleUSMC
06-03-08, 07:21 PM
Yeah, I'm with B Co 1-112 S&S - I'll be working with Kiowas.


Just took the AFAST today - got a prelim score of 145. Find out tomorrow what the official is.

Definitely post that up, bro!