About 70 members of the Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will convene in Nacogdoches Saturday to conduct a disaster preparedness exercise.
The operation will be based at the A.L. Mangham Regional Airport, which serves as the statewide headquarters for the Texas Wing.
The exercise will simulate the Civil Air Patrol’s hurricane response, including aerial photography and a missing person’s search. Major Lorrie Tetlow of San Antonio says when the Civil Air Patrol is called up in a hurricane, the first job is to fly over the evacuation routes to assess the traffic situation.
The Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will undergo its semiannual evaluation this weekend by the U.S. Air Force. For the first time, this exercise will be carried out at the Texas Wing’s new headquarters in Nacogdoches, Texas. Capt. David McCollum of Spring, Texas, said the Air Force will evaluate the Texas Wing’s search and rescue response and a how it functions in a natural disaster scenario. He estimates about 70 members of the Civil Air Patrol will participate in the mock drill.
Col. Brooks Cima is Wing Commander of the Civil Apri Patrol, Texas Wing.
The Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing will formally open its new state headquarters and training center on March 16 in Nacogdoches, Texas. It’s located in the former Texas Army National Guard Armory next to the A.L. Mangham Regional Airport. Wing Commander Brooks Cima described the move to Nacogdoches as a "happy accident" when the armory came up for bid.