399th Composite Squadron

Danbury, Connecticut


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Operations / Emergency Services

While CAP has long been associated with search and rescue missions, its work also includes disaster relief and communications, as well as counter-drug and homeland security missions.

In search and rescue, CAP continues to conduct 95 percent of all federal inland SAR missions, as directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Langley AFB, VA. CAP also supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

On average, each year CAP members fly more than 100,000 hours in operational missions and save about 100 lives. CAP provides air and ground support for disaster relief, flying officials to remote locations, transporting blood or live tissue to critical care sites and performing aerial damage assessment.

You do not have to be a pilot to contribute to CAP's emergency services efforts.  Aircrews include "scanners" and "observers," people who train their eyes to find downed aircraft. Ground team members search for missing persons and help locate emergency distress beacons. The mission base is staffed by administrative personnel, public affairs officers, communications officers, and other non-pilot specialists. 

In 1986, Congress authorized CAP to assist government and law enforcement agencies in the fight to eliminate illicit drug use, production and sale in the US and its territories. CAP now provides reconnaissance, communications and transportation for counter-drug missions.

CAPís missions succeed through a seamless interplay of technology and teamwork. With new developments like satellite imagery and internet-based reporting, CAP is emerging as the resource of choice to support our nationís strategy for homeland security.


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