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Earthquake Exercise

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MISSOURI – Cool, clear weather greeted the Missouri Wing during the first day of the Ardent Sentry 11 multistate earthquake disaster drill being held this week.

Five aircraft from across the state – from Branson, Fulton, Kansas City, Lebanon and St. Louis – completed six route survey assignments providing aerial photo reconnaissance of critical infrastructure including major highways, bridges and dams.  In all, 21 aircrew members and mission staff participated Tuesday, the first day of the exercise. Flights resumed today.

Ardent Sentry 11 is a White House-directed, congressionally mandated five-day exercise simulating the catastrophic nature of a major earthquake in the central U.S. region of the New Madrid Seismic Zone.  This is the largest such exercise to date, involving eight states and four Federal Emergency Management Agency regions, and the first centered on a natural hazard.

Mission base for the Missouri Wing is at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield.

“Our aircrews performed exceptionally well on our first day assignments,” said Lt. Col. Dennis Pearson, the wing’s incident commander for the mission. “The Missouri Wing is ready for the challenges a multi-agency exercise of this magnitude might entail.”

The Missouri Wing is composed of more than 1,000 members organized in more than 40 units located throughout the state. Formal disaster relief and search and rescue training exercises are held several times each year. 

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 113 lives in fiscal year 2010. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs.

Civil Air Patrol has been performing missions for America for 69 years.

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