Vermont Wing of Civil Air Patrol Conducts Statewide Air and Ground Exercises

The SAREX included training for cadets of the Bennington Composite Squadron in the L-Per radio direction finding gear. The L-Per provides precise direction for ground teams searching for emergency beacons carried by aircraft, hikers and skiers.  From left to right: C/AB Mirchandani, Bushee, Marsden, and Kaufer.

The Vermont Wing (VTWG) of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducted a statewide SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise) recently. The exercise began with days of planning and involved airborne and ground team missions. Aircrews, mission support staff, cadets and ground team leaders practiced a variety of scenarios, including visual and electronic searches for missing hikers and aircraft, photographic reconnaissance of infrastructure, and other missions. (Photos below.)

About The Vermont Wing, Civil Air Patrol

CAP is the official volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Vermont Wing headquarters is located in South Burlington. Squadrons are located in S. Burlington, Barre/Montpelier, Rutland, Bennington, and Springfield.

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you are dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you. To become a cadet, you must be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Vermont Cadets have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer. 

Vermont Wing members actively work with local schools and other community organizations by promoting aerospace education efforts; providing aerospace education units of instruction; assisting with materials, people and appropriate programs; and arranging field trips to local airports, aerospace companies and organizations.