April 26, 2002

South Bay Civil Air Patrol Members Receive Search and Rescue Training

Chula Vista — Four members of Civil Air Patrol South Bay Flight 67 received the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) rating of SAR Technician II on April 21, 2002 upon completion of a three-weekend training conducted in Camarillo, California over the past eight weeks.

The Fundamentals of Search and Rescue Course (FUNSAR) is the second level of NASAR courses. It provides knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who are assigned to field operations during a SAR mission. The course content includes topics in three major areas: survival and support, search, and rescue.

The Flight 67 personnel who attended the training were the flight commander 2Lt. Chris Conyers, Cadets 2Lt. Mahlon Wilkes and SSgt. Jake Cad-well, all of Chula Vista, and Cader Sr.A. Elias Porras of Tijuana. All four members intend to complete the requirements to become ground team members so they can assist in this very important community activity.

“These new ground team members have shown tremendous commitment by going through this extensive training” according to Capt. Mark Criswell Group 7 commander. Ground team members will have to be approved by the group commander prior to participating in Air Force assigned search and rescue missions conducted by Civil Air Patrol.

Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program is designed to provide youth, from 6th grade to age 20, with a safe, encouraging environment in which to learn, mature and explore opportunities to help them reach their potential as adults.

Cadets participate in a structured program through group and individual activities that include aerospace education, physical training, leadership, emergency services, and moral and ethical values. The program encompasses 16 achievement levels that include study in these five areas. Upon completion of each achievement, the cadet earns increased cadet rank, decorations, awards, eligibility for national and international special activities, and an opportunity for flight and academic scholarship. The program aims to produce well-rounded, confident young people equipped to meet the challenges of adulthood.

Civil Air Patrol, the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, is a civilian, volunteer, nonprofit, service organization. The unpaid members perform more than 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue and Coordination Center. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education and conduct one of America’s finest youth programs through CAP Cadet Programs.

For more information about Civil Air Patrol, contact 2Lt. Chris Conyers at (619) 253-2893 or correspond by e-mail at capsouthbay@hotmail.com.

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