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History
of

Mississippi Wing
Civil Air Patrol
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

January 2012 – 31 December 2012

Prepared by
2d Lt Robert Fritzius
Wing Historian

Reviewed by

Col Mallory D. Woodcock, CAP
Mississippi Wing Commander

Mississippi Wing Headquarters
Hawkins Field
Wing HQ, Mississippi

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Table of Contents
1. Frontispiece
2. Table of Contents
3. Civil Air Patrol Mission
4. Map of 2012 Mississippi Wing Units
5. List of 2012 Mississippi Wing Units
8. Operations Overview
9. Operations - Emergency Services Overview
10. Cadet Programs Overview
11. Selected Special Projects
Low Level Survey Flights
Homeland Security
Coastal Patrol/Sundown Patrol
12. Wing Chronology 2012
19. Appendix 1 - Hurricane Isaac Imagery Mission

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Civil Air Patrol Mission
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is a volunteer, nonprofit organization with its national headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
Civil Air Patrol is historically known for its missions in the Gulf and Eastern Seaboard
chasing, and sinking, German submarines patrolling our coastlines. Civil Air Patrol
members around the country also supported the original charter by providing flight
training to Army Air Corp officers, towing aerial targets, and transporting key personnel
and documents. Since our beginning, we have grown from a small group of members to
over 60,000 officers and cadets nationwide. Over time our missions have changed, but
our dedication to our country and our commitment to our community has always
remained strong.
Today, the Mississippi Wing continues to lead the way in this origination by responding
to rescue and reconnaissance missions such as Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill.
Our Wing stands ready through hurricane, earthquake, and flooding exercises. Every time
an officer or cadet attends a squadron meeting, supports a communication net,
participates in a SAR/DR exercise, volunteers to work a state or federal response mission,
they are adding to our rich history and continuing our traditions.
Mississippi Wing is a member of Civil Air Patrol’s Southeast Region (SER) commanded
by Col. Alvin J. Bedgood. Civil Air Patrol units of the SER serve in the states of
Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and the Commonwealth of Puerto
Rico.

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Map of 2012 Mississippi Wing Units

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List of Mississippi Wing Units in 2012
Unit information is listed in the following order:
Unit Number, Name, (City)
Unit Commander
Meeting Location
Mailing Address
MS 001 Mississippi Wing Headquarters (Jackson)
Col Carlton R. Summer
Hawkins Field Airport, Jackson MS
1635 Airport Drive, Jackson, MS 39209-3402
MS 044 Mockingbird Composite Squadron (Columbia)
Lt Col Charlie W. Conerly
Civil Defense Building, Columbia
502 Courthouse Square, Columbia, MS 39429
MS 048 Col Berta A. Edge Composite Squadron (Biloxi)
Capt Brad Haynes (19 June-31 Dec 2012)
Capt George Tolis (1 Jan -19 June 2012)
817 Hercules Street, Hewes Hall Building 6903, Keesler AFB
P.O. Box 5378 Biloxi, MS 39534
MS 050 Steve Launius Composite Squadron (Oxford)
Maj James Petermann
3rd Floor Barnard Hall (ROTC Building), Student Union Drive, University
of Mississippi
125 County Road 213, Oxford, MS 38655-8855
MS 051 Singing River Composite Squadron (Pascagoula)
Capt Gary Turner
Trent Lott International Airport, 8301 Saracennia Rd, Moss Point
8005 Pecan Ridge Drive, Moss Point, MS 39562

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MS 057 Golden Triangle Composite Squadron (Columbus)
Capt Jon C. Maynard
Seniors - Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Columbus
Cadets - Columbus AFB Chapel Annex (464 Harpe Blvd)
2080 Airport Road; Columbus, MS 39701
MS 066 Diamondhead Composite Squadron (Diamondhead)
Maj Gary Hornosky
7250 Stennis Airport Dr., Bay St. Louis
7223 Live Oak Way, Pass Christian, MS 39571
MS 072 Pine Belt Composite Squadron (Hattiesburg)
Capt Randy Broussard
Hattiesburg Fire Academy, 53 Academy Road, Hattiesburg
2392 Mississippi Hwy 43, Silver Creek, MS 39663
MS 096 Desoto Composite Squadron (Olive Branch)
Capt Mark Jonson
Southaven Parks & Recreation Center, Olive Branch
3335 Pine Tar Alley, Olive Branch, MS 38762
MS 099 Eagle Composite Squadron (Tupelo)
Lt Col Terry Anderson
120 Lemons Dr, Tupelo
2704 West Jackson, Tupelo, MS 38801
MS 100 Maj James McKinnie Composite Squadron (Jackson)
Capt Dale Long (26 Mar -31 Dec 2012)
Capt Jack Bell (1 Jan – 26 Mar 2012)
Mississippi Wing Headquarters, Hawkins Field Airport
1635 Airport Drive, Jackson, MS 39209-3402
MS 102 G.V. Montgomery Composite Squadron (Meridian)
Capt Doug H. Hester
186th Air National Guard Base, Building 3301, Key Field, Meridian
8218 Lizelia Rd, Meridian, MS 39305

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MS 107 Northwest Mississippi Composite Squadron (Batesville)
Lt Col Richard Albee
Panola County Airport, Batesville (2nd Floor of Terminal Building)
969 CR 106, Water Valley, MS 38965
MS 999 Mississippi Legislative Squadron (Jackson)
Maj Rita Martinson
Mississippi State Capitol Building,

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Operations Overview
[From Mississippi Wing Website
http://www.mswg.cap.gov/]
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducts a variety of operational missions primarily in the
areas of Emergency Services (Search and Rescue (SAR), Disaster Relief (DR)),
Counterdrug (CD), and Homeland Security (HLS). Most of this is done in CAP's role as
the United States Air Force Auxiliary as Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA)
under Title 10, but CAP also provides assistance to State and Local authorities in many
cases before there is a defined Federal interest under Title 36 as well. In order to conduct
these missions, there are many programs and personnel that provide Operations Support.

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Operations - Emergency Services Overview
[From Mississippi Wing Website
http://www.mswg.cap.gov/]
The Emergency Services mission includes search and rescue and disaster relief
operations. CAP members' talents have augmented the Air Force in search and rescue and
disaster relief since CAP's formation in 1941. CAP has assisted the nation in times of
disaster and in emergency situations when its resources could be used.
The primary mission objective of Emergency Services is to save lives and relieve human
suffering. To be effective, the lives of CAP personnel performing missions must be
safeguarded. CAP demands professionalism in organization, training, and mission
execution to accomplish this service. Only qualified members are allowed to participate
in actual missions.
Search and Rescue (SAR)
All CAP personnel who participate in SAR operations are volunteers who have been
specially trained. A SAR mission is always a serious and critical endeavor. Therefore,
CAP units may not participate in a SAR mission unless they have people trained to
quickly and successfully accomplish the mission. Life-saving techniques, attained
through prior planning and practical exercises in performing the tasks required, must be
carried out with speed and efficiency. SAR missions can be quite involved, with many
functions and activities to be supervised and accomplished.
Disaster Relief (DR) Operations
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the single point of contact
within the federal system for disaster relief planning and management. This includes civil
defense, natural disaster, and man-made emergencies. CAP has national-level agreements
with many government and non-government relief agencies. Included are such
organizations as FEMA, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. CAP also has
agreements with local agencies at wing levels and participates with the various state and
local emergency management offices. CAP DR missions may include courier and light
cargo transport, manual labor for debris removal, air and ground transport for cargo and
non-CAP key personnel, and mercy missions such as blood, organ, and patient transport.

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Cadet Programs Overview
From Mississippi Wing Website
http://www.mswg.cap.gov/
Through Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Program, young people develop leadership skills,
investigate the fundamentals of aerospace science, acquire the habit of exercising
regularly, solidify their character, and participate in exciting hands-on activities that
prepare them to become responsible citizens.
CAP’s cadet program trains young men and women in teamwork, moral leadership,
aerospace education, technical skills to support emergency services, and military history
and customs. Through national encampments, a college and flight training scholarship
program, and the International Air Cadet Exchange, CAP cadets broaden their horizons,
learn to assume responsibility, feel self-confidence and set goals for their lives.
Youth between the ages of 12-18 may join the CAP Cadet Program and remain in cadet
status until they turn 21. Middle school students may join before turning 12, if their
school participates in the CAP School Program.

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Selected Special Projects
Low Level Route Survey Flights
Source: 07 Aug 2013 email from MS 057/Safety for surveys
The Golden Triangle Composite Squadron (MS 057) supports the USAF flying training
mission at at Columbus Air Force Base by flying surveys for each of their 14 low level
training routes. Each route is surveyed annually to detect any radio towers, airfield, or
other potential hazards that may have been constructed in the previous year but not yet
appearing on air navigation charts.

Homeland Security
From Mississippi Wing Website
http://www.mswg.cap.gov/
CAP has no law enforcement authority, it only provides "eyes." There is a national level
agreement between CAP and the US Customs Service that allows CAP to fly surveillance
missions to assist customs agents in the control of drug traffic. It may also support
various Department of Defense activities in a non-combatant role in missions such as
airborne control of surface vehicle traffic, courier service and light cargo transport,
communications relay, airborne visual and photographic damage assessment, military
low level training route safety surveys, and radar installation flight tests and controller
training.

Coastal Patrol/Sundown Patrol
Source: 13 August 2013 email from MS051/CC.
http://archives.sercap.us/cp-base-11.aspx
The Sundown Patrol, as well as the Mississippi Wing, began in Pascagoula in 1943 as
Coastal Patrol 11, now the Singing River Squadron (MS 051). Here is an internet link to
MS 051’s rich historical site
Over the decades Jackson County, MS has modified it's Sundown Patrol to what it is
today across the coast. Starting at approximately 2 hours before dark, we crew up and fly
the coastal waters and barrier island looking for vessels in distress, missing persons, lost
kayakers, missing jet skiers, hazards to navigation, oil spills, boat wrecks, stranded
persons on the coastal islands and handle requests from the US Coast Guard.

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Mississippi Wing Chronology 2012
Compiled from the on-line Wing Calendar
with crosschecks and augmentation from
Web Mission Information Reporting System (WMIRS).
WMIRS Data
Mission No. No. Sorties
a=air, g=gnd

January
7

Wing Staff Meeting at Wing HQ

MS-MISC

2a

11

Ops Phone Conference

13-15

Squadron Commanders Retreat

20-21

CV attend SER Ops Conference at
Tyndall AFB, FL

MS_MISC

4a

Support Air Force Felix Hawk
Air Defense Exercise 12-6/25
Hurley Field

12-1-4217

3a, 1g

27-30

SAREX and DREX at Wing HQ

12-T-4190

20a, 10g

29

Mission Pilot Proficiency Flights
(MPPFs) at various locations

12-T-4188

15a

MPPFs at various dates and
locations

12-T-4330

19a

3-5

Wing Conference at Gulfport

MS_MISC

2a

4

Wing Staff Meeting at Gulfport

8

Ops Phone Conference

10-13

Scanner Observer Academy/
Check Pilot Meeting
at Wing HQ

12-T-4241

8a, 10g

Search for downed aircraft
in Amory MS area

12-M-0900

2g

24-25

February
2-25

14

12

18

Wing Color Guard Competition

20

Low Level Route Survey VR1051

12-1-4195

2a

24-27

SAREX at multiple Units

12-T-4547

4a

24

Ground Team Training at
Wing HQ and West of Jackson

12-T-4572

8a, 2g

Low Level Route Survey IR67

12-1-4195A

2a

1

SUI MS044, MS048

12-T-4573

4g

3-4

Advanced Communications User
Training and Basic Communications
User Training (Acut/Bcut)
at Wing HQ

4-30

MPPFs at various dates and
locations

12-T-4644

20a

26
March

8

Wing Legislative Day at State Capitol

10

Low Level Route Survey IR66
(Mission aborted due to fumes in
cockpit.)

12-1-4195A

1a

121.5 MHz ELT search in
Tupelo MS area

12-M-0137

2g

MS_MISC

3a

11
14

Ops Phone Conference

16-18

Southeast Region (SER)
Color Guard/Drill Competition
at Maxwell AFB

17

Wing Staff Meeting at Wing HQ

23-25

Mississippi Wing Cadet Campout
at LeFleur Bluff State Park

23-26

SAREX at Wing HQ

12-T-4684

26-29

Recon Fishing Vessel Pressure

12-C-5027

15a, 4g
2a

13

24-25

Low Level Route Survey VR1050

12-1-4195A

3a

1

Low Level Route Survey SR 137

12-1-4195B

1a

1

MSWG IG Subordinate Unit
Inspection of MS099 at Tupelo

12-T-4933

3g

Recon fishing vessel pressure in
Coastal Waters of MS/LA with
MS Department of Marine
Resources Observers

12-C-5224

14a

April

3-30

7

Wing Staff Meeting

7

Low Level Route Survey IR 91

12-1-4195B

1a

10

Mississippi Department of
Transportation Meeting (MDOT)
at Wing HQ

MS_MISC

2a

11

Ops Phone Conference

13

Ground Team Member Training in
Desoto National Forest

12-T-5285

2g

Survey Audit – MS048 (Biloxi)
at Wing HQ

12-T-5217

5g

13-15

Two A/C to Wing HQ for SAV

12-T-5217

4a

20-22

Attendance (one person) at Georgia
Wing Conference at Augusta, GA MS_MISC

2a

MSWG/IG Subordinate Unit
Inspection of MS096
(Olive Branch)

MS-T-4933

2a

Patrol MS Coastal Waters

12-C-5363

4a

Transport Ops Tabletop from
Biloxi to Wing HQ

12-T-5600

2g

14

23-24

28-29
May
4

14

5

Wing Staff Meeting at Wing HQ
Ops Eval Tabletop

MS_MISC

3a

5-28

Patrol MS Coastal Waters

12-C-5556

14a

8-30

Recon Fishing Vessel Pressure
in coastal waters of MS/LA

12-C-5712

4a

9

Ops Phone Conference

16-18

Support Exercise Patriot Saint
at Alexandria, LA

12-1-5762

2a

18

DREX and ELT Search

12-T-5291

11g

19

SAREX at Wing HQ

12-T-5291

13a

20

Low Level Route Survey IR 68

12-1-4195C

1a

25

Aerospace Education Flight to
Tuskegee, AL

MS_MISC

2a

1-4

Ops EVAL at Wing HQ

12-T-5769

1-29

Recon Fishing Vessel Pressure
in coastal waters of MS/LA

12-C-6088

7a

12-C-6089

11a

12-1-6286

1a

June

2

Wing Staff Meeting

2-30

Patrol MS Coastal Waters

13

Ops Phone Conference

23

Low Level Route Survey VR1014

23-30

MS/AL Summer Cadet Encampment

29-30

20a, 15 g

26th Annual Canton Balloon Festival at
Canton, MS

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July
1

Canton Balloon Festival (continued)

1

SUI teams to MS102 (Meridian)
and MS107 (Batesville)

12-T-5770

4g

1-29

Patrol MS Coastal Waters

12-C-6481

17a

7

Wing Staff Meeting

13

Aerial Photography of Statewide
Critical Infrastructures

12-T-6624

6a

11

Ops Phone Conference

13,24

Recon Fishing Vessel Pressure
in coastal waters of MS/LA

12-C-6088A

2a

SAREX including ELT search
at Wing HQ

12-T-6709

9a, 17g

Low Level Route Survey VR1072

12-1-6286A

2a

12-C-7152

10a

4a

20-23
29
August
4

Wing Staff Meeting

4-26

Patrol MS Coastal Waters

8

Ops Phone Conference

8-22

Recon fishing vessel pressure in
MS/LA coastal waters

12-C-7153

SAREX with mission base
at Wing HQ

12-T-7233

26

Low Level Route Survey IR70

12-1-6286A

2a

26-28

CD Recon

12-1-7309

8a

30-31

Hurricane Isaac Photo Recon
support to MEMA EOC
at Pearl, MS (See Appendix 1)

12-1-7485

8a, 23g

24-27

23a, 9g

16

31

406 MHz ELT search near
Pascagoula, MS Airport

12-M-0547

1a, 1g

September
1-3

Photo Recon at Wing HQ

12-1-7485

21a

2-29

Patrol MS Coastal Waters

12-C-7503

15a

4-6

CD Recon

12-1-7309

4a

8-10

Directed SAR Training including
ELT search

12-T-7548

Recon fishing vessel pressure in
coastal waters of MS/LA

12-C-7566

1a

12

Ops Phone Conference

13

Post Hurricane Isaac recon of turtle
habitat & nest areas + fisheries
12-C-7566

1a

1

Wing Staff Meeting at Wing HQ

MS_MISC

3g

6-28

Patrol MS coastal waters

13-C-3197

18a

10

Ops Phone Conference

12

SAR Training (ELT target)
at Stennis International

13-T-3395

3g

FAA Safety Meeting
at Columbus AFB

MS_MISC

2a

11

11a, 4g

October

13
19-20

Wing Color Guard Competition

19-21

SAR Training – Photo Recon
at Olive Branch

13-T-3269

9a, 3g

Recon Fishing Vessel Pressure in
coastal waters of MS/LA

13-C-3308

1a

25

17

30

Subordinate Unit Visit by MS/CV
to MS-048 (Biloxi)

MS_MISC

2a

3

Wing Staff Meeting at Wing HQ

MS_MISC

2a

3

SAR/DR Training at Diamondhead 13-T-3395

8a

3-12

Patrol MS Coastal Waters

13-C-3561

7a

4

SAR/ELT Search Gulfport Area

12-M-0671

1a, 1g

10

Flyover Gulf Coast – Veteran’s Day 13-C-3582

14

Ops Phone Conference

November

1a

December
1-2

Wing Staff Meeting at Wing HQ

MS_MISC

2a

6

Recon Fishing Vessel Pressure

13-C-3898

1a

7-9

Training Leaders of Cadets
at Wing HQ

12

Ops Phone Conference

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Appendix 1
Hurricane Isaac Damage Aerial Imagery Mission
[From 2013 Mississippi Legislative Handout.]
The Mississippi Wing of the Civil Air Patrol was an integral component of the
response to Hurricane Isaac that hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast in early September of
2012. This storm produced lingering rain showers and widespread flooding in areas
far inland. FEMA and MEMA were in need of high quality, geo-coded aerial
photography that was as close to real-time as possible.
The Civil Air Patrol in Mississippi provided over 500 images that helped to
establish priority tasking for emergency response as well as infrastructure
assessment. The rapid response to the changing needs of emergency responders
saved valuable time and money as well as saved lives of those in the rising flood
waters.
Colonel Alvin Bedgood, Southeast Regional Commander, Civil Air Patrol had
this to say about the performance of the Mississippi Wing, “The Mississippi
Wing performed to great effect in every phase and aspect of the Hurricane
ISAAC operation…..It is clear from our customers’ (FEMA and MEMA) mission
reports, that the Wing provided exceptional support across the State.”
The dedicated members of the Mississippi Wing put in several days of volunteer
time in order to support the coordinated emergency response put forth by the State
of Mississippi to protect its citizens. Many of these volunteers were dealing with
the effects of the hurricane on their own lives and property while performing their
duty with the Civil Air Patrol.

Caption: Flooding of a Mississippi neighborhood during Hurricane Isaac. This
image and many others like it were captured during sorties conducted by the
Mississippi Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. These images were used by FEMA and
MEMA to assess damage caused by Hurricane Isaac and to prevent further damage
to Mississippi infrastructure.

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