Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol prepares for Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX)

Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol prepares for Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX)
By: Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol Last Updated: May 2, 2019

Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol volunteers will be conducting Search and Rescue (SAREX) training exercises out of the La Porte Municipal Airport throughout the weekend of May 3rd through 5th, 2019.

During the SAREX Civil Air Patrol members from across the state will be sharpening skills related to emergency services they would typically perform during an actual mission such as missing person searches, overdue aircraft searches, and responses to a wide-spread natural disaster.

As the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol is commonly tasked with missions by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) out of Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Civil Air Patrol performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions for the AFRCC.

To meet the needs of the AFRCC, as well as other organizations both private and public, Civil Air Patrol capabilities entail nationwide communications, search and rescue, and aerial photography.

The Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol relies on approximately 1,000 volunteers to conduct aerospace education programs, cadet programs, and emergency services missions. While most Indiana members perform missions within Indiana, members from the Indiana Wing have assisted operations nationwide including support during South Carolina flooding and Hurricane Harvey flights in Texas.