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AFRCC mission 15-M-0166 was opened 12 April, 2015 and closed 12 April 2105 for satellite reports of a 406 (with 121.5 carrier) Mhz beacon at the Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV). A CAP Aircrew was launched and with the assist of UDF was able to verify that the signal was coming from the vicinity of the VCV airport. After arriving on site, the signal suddenly ceased and was never re-acquired. After three satellite passes with no further signal, the mission was closed by AFRCC.

Special thanks to air crew members who were already at their local airport, getting ready for a proficiency flight, and were able to respond quickly.
Roland Ritter MP
Michael Lauer MO
Tedd Ripp MS

UDF team
Ken Benner UDF
Bayless Benner UDF
(C/SSgt Robert Bayless)(Personally, I love the typo)

Thank you to the other UDF and air crew members who called and were ready to respond.

Thank you to IC Mentor Rick Lovick for his help during this mission.


Capt Craig Newton ELTMM(t)

Search Mission 14M0073 was opened 23 Feb and closed 24 Feb for multiple (non-406) ELT signals in the Southern California area. An initial signal was detected by a CAP aircraft while performing a routine training mission and monitoring 121.5 during the Group 3/8 DREx.

Signal #1 was located at NAS Miramar and secured by base personnel.
Signal #2 was DF'd by a CAP aircraft and UDF team to NAS North Island helicopter hangars and secured.

Non-Distress funds authorized for the following aircrew and ground team personnel.

Aircrew
Deeble, Ken 438453 CA256
Miller, Korki 515795 CA256
Charpentier, Tom 143244 CA256
Ground Team
Saba, Paul 294165 CA007
Saba, Andrew 497622 CA007
Garbutt, Chris 505026 CA007
Garbutt, Joshuah 497225 CA007

Also, thanks to Maj. David Wallace and Lt. Col. Steve Handrop for their assistance with communications and aircrew coordination. A special thanks to the Navy for providing the Air Force auxiliary an opportunity to secure their beacons.

-st
Shane Terpstra, Capt. CAP
Incident Commander

IC Stokes

AFRCC search mission 13M0669 was opened and closed 24 Dec for a 406 MHz DRB signal in the Blythe area.

CAP air and ground assets were dispatched to the reported location of the DRB but were unable to detect a signal. AFRCC later reported that the signal had moved from the Blythe area to LAX where the signal was later heard and eventually ceased.

Thanks to the aircrew members Capts Groner and Swift from Squadron 5 and Capt Benner and his ground team Lt Smith, Capt Stout, Cadets Smith and Collingsworth for heading to the Blythe area for this early morning mission. Also, a big thanks to 1st Lt Rich Lovick for teaching me the importance of ELT elemental data.
IC Lovick

AFRCC search mission 13M0232 was opened 26 May and closed 27 May 2013 for a 121.5 MHz DRB reported by aircraft over the LA / IE areas.

The signal was DFed by an Aircrew to San Pedro. An EPRIB was located to a boat in Holiday Harbor Cabrillo Marina by a UDF team and silenced.

Non-distress Find authorized for Aircrew Chris George, Mark Wheeler and Jagger Osseck and UDF team members Ken Benner, David Whittlesey, Paul Saba, Andrew Saba and Murray Craig.

Also, thanks to Bob Miller and Cathy Livoni for their assistance.

See the All list for further details.
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Non-distress Find authorizations:
George, Christopher A Capt 444124 Sq 68 CA-384 Air Crew
Wheeler, Mark C Capt 460642 Sq 31 CA-123 Air Crew
Osseck, Jagger S C/CMSgt 491111 Sq 3 CA-051 Air Crew
Saba, Paul J Maj 294165 Gp 1 CA-070 UDF team
Benner, Kenneth Capt 444822 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team
Whittlesey, David A 2d Lt 514936 Sq 20 CA-437 UDF team
Saba, Andrew J C/MSgt 497622 Sq 20 CA-437 UDF team
Craig, Murray S Lt Col 369815 NHQ NHQ-903 UDF team

Congratulations to Jagger Osseck on earning his first non-distress FIND.

Rich Lovick
IC CAWG
AFRCC search mission 13M0215 was opened and closed 18 May 2013 for an 121.5 MHz DRB reported over Escondido by a CAP Aircrew.

The signal was DFed by a CAP Aircrew to Montgomery Field and located to a Piper P28A on Montgomery Field by a UDF team. The ELT was silenced with the assistance of the FBO.

Non-distress Find authorized for Aircrew Jim Redmon and Rich Lee and Ground team members Steven DeFord, Jeff Smith, Brenden M Smith, Austin St George, Lucas Loe and Brannden Moss

See the All list for further details.
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Non-distress Find authorizations:

Redmon, James R Maj 205427 Sq 87 CA-466 Air Crew
Lee, Rich L Capt 450688 Sq 87 CA-466 Air Crew
DeFord, Steven M Capt 487453 Sq 50 CA-146 Ground team
Smith, Jeff B SM 530675 Sq 45 CA-007 Ground team
St George, Austin J C/SMSgt 506049 Sq 45 CA-007 Ground team
Loe, Lucas B C/TSgt 519119 Sq 45 CA-007 Ground team
Smith, Brenden M C/SrA 517059 Sq 45 CA-007 Ground team

Moss, Brannden K C/SrA 514699 Sq 25 CA-193 Ground team

Both the Aircrew and GT were on standby for the Wing EVAL when the signal was reported.

Congratulations to the following in earning their first non-distress FIND; Rich Lee, Steven DeFord, Austin St George, Lucas Loe and Brannden Moss

Also, thanks to Cliff Chabot and Mark Wheeler for their support.

Mitch Richman/Rich Lovick
IC CAWG

Search Mission 13-M-0207 was opened 13 May and closed 14 May 2013 for an ELT signal plotting near Riverside. Signal was DF'd to French Valley airport. Signal was subsequently secured by a CAP UDF Team.

Non-Distress Find authorized for:

Aircrew:
Wallace, David (428853 / CA256)
Charpentier, Tom (143244 / CA256)

UDF Team:
Benner, Kenneth (444822 / CA007)
Garbutt, Joshua (497225 / CA007)
Smith, Brenden (517059 / CA007)
Smith, Jeff (530675 / CA007)

/signed/
Shane Terpstra, Capt, CAP

ELT/MM Trainee Redmon

AFRCC search mission 13-M-0168 was opened on 21 March 2013 and closed 23 Mar 2013 for a 121.5 MHz ELT reported in the vicinity of the Whipple Mountains and west of Lake Havasu.

Reported signal was not detected by search aircraft. A second 121.5 Mhz ELT was detected in the Palms Springs area. ELT was located in an Aero Commander 690A Canadian Registration C-GRRO at Tradition Aviation Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM). Pilot silenced ELT later that day.

Non-distress Find authorized for Air Crew CAP437 and Ground Team 111, 645 & 707 members

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Non-distress Find authorizations:

Saba, Paul Maj 294165 Grp1 CA-070 Initial IC
Saba, Andrew Cadet 497622 SQ20 CA-437 MRO
Benner, Ken Capt 444822 SQ45 CA-007 GT 645 Ldr
Boskovich, Gary 1/Lt 499272 SQ11 CA-435 MRO(t)
Hawks, James 1/Lt 436317 SQ5 CA-387 MS
Wheeler, Mark Capt 460642 SQ31 CA-123 MO
Groner, Steve 1/Lt 505047 SQ5 CA-387 MP
Veta, Ross Maj 470029 SQ144 CA-441 GTL (t)
Veta, Jacob Cadet 467890 SQ144 CA-441 GTM
Costello, Everett Cadet 459431 SQ144 CA-441 GTM
Stout, Aaron Capt 162924 SQ45 CA-007 GTM
Wilking, Nathan Cadet 418073 SQ59 CA-458 GTM
Smith, Brenden Cadet 517059 SQ45 CA-007 GTM
Smith, Jess SM 530675 SQ45 CA-007 GTM

Hofheinz, Roy Maj 131686 SQ11 CA-435 MRO

Special thanks to Paul Saba for initial organization of the mission.

Jim Redmon
ELT/MM Trainee CAWG

Search Mission 13M0125 opened and closed 22 March 2013 for a 121.5 ELT plotting in Riverside county.

The signal was DF'd to Redlands airport by a CAP DF Aircraft and tracked to a Piper PA-24 "Commanche" by CAP UDF Teams and silenced by the owner. Non-Distress Find authorized for Aircrew: 1st Lt. Steve Groner and 1st Lt. Mark Wheeler and for UDF Team members Capt. Ken Benner, Capt. Aaron Stout, 2Lt. Richard Benson, 2nd Lt. Shaleana Benson, C/SSgt Courtney Benson and C/CMsgt Nicholas Benson.

Search Mission 13-M-0016 opened 7 Jan. 2013 and closed 9 Jan 2013 for a 406 EPIRB signal in the Temecula area.

One 121.5 signal was located and secured in a Cessna 172, N109FR, at French Valley airport. A 243 signal was located and secured in an Apple computer at the Perris Valley airport. A second 121.5 signal was located between the walls of two apartments in a gated community in Murietta, CA. The 406 signal was located near Lake Elsinore and was tracked towards Corona, the signal ceased for a period and when reacquired it was still reported in the Temecula area when it was later analyzed to be in the Los Angeles harbor area. The 406 signal finally ceased before location.

Non-distress finds are authorized for the following personnel:
Lt. Col. Scott Swanson, SQ 87
Maj. James Redmon, SQ 87
Lt. Col Bob Miller, SQ 20
Maj. Roy Knight, SQ 87
Lt. Col, Carl Morrison, CAWG HQ

Thanks for serving on a difficult and safely executed mission. The above members were supported and assisted by:
Capt. Ken Benner, C/MSgt Austin St. George and 2Lt, Sebastian Domingo of SQ 45
Capt. Michael Swift and 1 Lt. Steve Gromer of SQ 5
C/SrA Nathaniel Wilking of SQ 59
Special thanks to 1Lt. Rich Lovick SQ 68 for technical analysis of the 406 beacon.

/s/ IC D. Nikki Vaughan, Maj. CAP

AFRCC search mission 12-M-0427 was re-opened July 2012 for a Distress Radio Beacon signal in the Inland Empire. The signal was DF’d to a Cesena C210 which was down for maintenance. The beacon was silenced by the owner.

Non-Distress find are authorized for: UDF team members Capt. Ken Benner, 2Lt. Richard Benson, 2Lt. David Whittlesey, C/MSgt. Austin Awender, C/TSgt. Andrew Saba & C/A1C Ethan Whittlesey.

After receiving additional reports of the ELT in the Riverside Airport, AFRCC re-opened mission 12-M-0427. CAP UDF team DF’d signal to the Rialto Airport and located Cesena C210 under maintenance. ELT was silenced by the owner. Special thanks to the members of the Rialto Police Department for their time and commitment.

Paul Saba, Capt, CAP
IC3, CAWG

AFRCC search mission 12-M-0223 was reopened 21 Apr and closed 22 Apr 2012
for a 121.5 MHz DRB reported by aircraft over Daggett.

The signal was narrowed down to 6 miles NE of Yermo by an Air Crew. An ELT
was DFed to a Beech Musketeer in a private hanger by a UDF team and silenced
by the owner.

Non-distress Find authorized for Air Crew Michael Swift and Mark Wheeler and
UDF team Ken Benner, David Goude, Ethan Whittlesey and Joshuah Garbutt.

See the All list for further details.
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The mission was reopened when this signal reappeared after the ELT at French
Valley had been silenced. The Air Crew launched late Saturday night and
quickly determined the position of the signal. The UDF team was then
dispatched early Sunday morning and with the support of SBSO, located the
signal to the hanger. The owner was contacted by SBSO to gain access to the
hanger and silence the ELT. Thanks to both teams for responding to this late
night, early morning mission.

Congratulations to Cadets Ethan Whittlesey and Joshuah Garbutt on earning
their first non-distress Find.

Non-distress Find authorizations:
Swift, Michael P Capt 443233 Sq 5 CA-387 Air Crew
Wheeler, Mark C 1st Lt 460642 Sq 31 CA-123 Air Crew
Goude, David A Maj 391117 Sq 45 CA-001 UDF team
Benner, Kenneth Capt 444822 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team

Whittlesey , Ethan G C/Amn 511716 Sq 20 CA-437 UDF team
Garbutt, Joshuah E C/Amn 497225 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team

Rich Lovick
IC CAWG

AFRCC search mission 12-M-0209 was opened and closed 15 Apr 2012 for a 406
MHz ELT plotting in San Pedro.

The signal moved off shore and the mission was transferred to the USCG.

Thanks to Aircrew Robert Obreiter and Charles Christian and UDF team Ken
Benner and Michael Benner
for their efforts.

Rich Lovick
IC CAWG

AFRCC search mission 12-M-0140 was opened 11 March 2012 for a Distress Radio Beacon signal in the Los Angeles Area.

A 406 MHz Distress radio beacon was heard in the hills near Topanga but silenced prior to detection. A second 121.5 MHz was heard in the Los Angeles Harbor area. A CAP aircrew and UDF team were able to DF the signal to a fishing vessel in the harbor. The signal was later silenced by the vessel owner with assistance from CAP personnel.

Non-Distress Find awards are authorized for: Aircrew Members-Maj. Shairrie Van Duzer & Capt. Shane Terpstra and UDF team members-Capt. Ken Benner & 1Lt. Aaron Stout.

See the All list for further details.

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Non-Distress Find Award Authorizations:

Van Duzer, Shairrie Maj. 401711 PCR-CA-256 Aircrew
Benner, Kenneth Capt. 444822 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team
Terpstra, Shane Capt. 189329 PCR-CA-006 Aircrew
Stout, Aaron 1Lt. 162924 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team

AFRCC opened a search and rescue mission after receiving multiple satellite and airborne reports of a 406/121.5 MHz in a remote area of Los Angeles County. CAP members that were already performing a proficiency flight were immediately employed to perform a search which resulted in detecting a 121.5 MHz signal towards Long Beach Harbor. Additionally, AFRCC advised the 406 beacon was no longer being heard by the satellites. CAP aircrew and UDF teams were able to quickly DF the signal to a fishing vessel M/V Scott K. moored at Terminal Island. The signal was silenced by the vessel owner with CAP UDF team assisting.
Special thanks to the following members who helped out in responding to this mission:
Lt. Col. David Boehm – Operations Section Chief
Lt. Col. John Jay – Ground Team Leader
Capt. Mark Wheeler – Relief Aircrew
Capt. Timothy Baskin – Relief Aircrew
TFO Michael Benner – Ground Team
C/SSgt. Andrew Saba – Mission Staff Assistant

Job well done by all!

AFRCC search mission 12M0120 was opened and closed 29 Feb 2012 for a Distress Radio Beacon signal in southwestern Riverside County.

The Distress radio beacon was heard by CAP aircrews conducting a USCG mission. The signal ceased transmitting prior to being located by CAP UDF aircrews and ground teams.

See the All list for further details.
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AFRCC opened the mission after receiving airborne reports of a 121.5 distress radio beacon in the area of southwestern Riverside County. CAP Aircrews enroute and returning from a USCG mission heard the ELT and reported the beacon to Air Traffic Control. Later that evening a mission was opened to locate the beacon. The signal had ceased prior to detection by CAP air and ground assets.

Thanks to the following:

Aircrew: Capt. Stanley Clark (Sq 41), 1Lt. Jeff Rogers (Sq 41) & C/Capt. Catherine McCaw (Sq 20)

UDF Team: Capt. Robert Harris (Sq 20), 1Lt. Mark Wheeler (Sq 5), C/MSgt Braham Perry (Sq 45), C/SSgt Andrew Saba (Sq 20), and C/Amn Chase Perry (Sq 45)

CUL(t)/MRO: C/2Lt. T. Michele Saba (Sq 20)

Special thanks to the aircrew of CAP468, Lt. Col. Craig Gallagher & Capt. Michael Swift, who were monitoring 121.5 while performing routine flight duties and reporting the signal to ATC.

Paul Saba, Capt, CAP
IC3, CAWG

26 Feb 2012 Attn CAWG,
Members from all 4 Southern California groups of the CAWG participated in a “no notice” simulated search mission that was conducted during this past weekend. All members responded to paged requests and ALL-mail traffic for various emergency services specialties. Thanks to the professionalism of all members and the teamwork by the various members of the base staff, the simulated mission was a success.
As a of display of the growing interest by cadets in Emergency Services missions, Cadets participated in Aircrews, Ground Teams, and various Base Staff positions. The entire Communications Unit was staffed by cadets: CUL(t) C/2Lt. T. Michele Saba, MRO’s C/TSgt Derek Hernandez & C/SSgt Andrew Saba, MRO(t) C/A1C Drew Plata & C/A1C Joshua Plata. (Very special thanks to Maj. Roy Hofheinz and 1Lt. Mark Wheeler for their efforts in mentoring the cadets)
All search objectives were completed and victims rescued by the early afternoon on Saturday. Additional training was provided Sunday for members to maintain mission skill proficiency.
A very special thanks to the “Black Hats” Lt. Col. Robert Miller and 1Lt. Kathy Livoni (members of Chino Cadet Squadron 20) for their time and assistance in providing a realistic training scenario.
Sincerely,
Paul Saba, Capt, CAP
IC3, CAWG

AFRCC search mission 12M0114 was opened and closed 26 February 2012 for a Distress Radio Beacon signal in the Inland Empire of Southern California.

The signal was DF’d to an ELT inside a Piper PA-32 RT-300T aircraft at an upholstery repair shop at the Cable Airport.

Non-Distress Find Awards are authorized for Air Crew: Capt. Cathy Johnson, Capt. Thomas O’Connor, Capt. Mark Robinson, & 1Lt. Aaron Stout and UDF team members Lt. Col. Bob Miller and 1Lt. Cathy Livoni.

See the All list for further details.
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Non-Distress Authorizations:

Cathy Johnson Capt. 441428 PCR-CA-240 Aircrew
Mark Robinson Capt. 136548 PCR-CA-387 Aircrew
Thomas F X O’Connor Capt. 136124 PCR-CA-387 Aircrew
Aaron Stout 1Lt. 162924 PCR-CA-007 Aircrew
Robert Miller Lt. Col. 146190 PCR-CA-437 UDF Team
Kathy Livoni 1Lt. 145519 PCR-CA-437 UDF Team

AFRCC opened the mission after receiving airborne reports of a 121.5 distress radio beacon from CAP aircrews conducting a local SAREX. A CAP Aircrew and UDF team were diverted from training to prosecute the distress radio beacon. The beacon was DF’d to an ELT inside a Piper PA-32 located at Cable Airport. The aircraft was in for maintenance at a local upholsterer located on the airport property.
Thanks goes to the CAP cadet communications team that maintained radio communications during the SAREX and mission (C/TSgt Derek Hernandez & C/SSgt Andrew Saba.)

Paul Saba, Capt, CAP
ICT3, CAWG

AFRCC search mission 11-M-0619 was opened and closed 21 Aug 2011 for a 121.5
MHz DRB reported near Banning airport by an off duty CAP member.

An ELT was DFed by a Ground Team to a Piper Navajo, N1009S which had crashed
1.6 miles east of Banning airport earlier in the day. The ELT was silenced
with the assistance of Riverside Sheriff deputies.

Distress Find Recommended for Ground Team members Ken Benner, Michael
Benner, Aaron Stout and Braham Perry.

See the All list for further details.
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Also, thanks to the several other members who offered their help.

Distress Find Recommendations:
Benner, Kenneth Capt 444822 Sq 45 CA-007 GTM
Stout, Aaron M 1st Lt 162924 Sq 45 CA-007 GTM
Benner, Michael SM 444784 Sq 45 CA-007 GTM
Perry, Braham G C/SSgt 466674 Sq 45 CA-007 GTM

AFRCC search mission 11M0592 was opened and closed 11 August 2011 for a Distress Radio Beacon signal at the Chino Airport.

While tracking the signal on the airport property, the signal ceased.

Special thanks for the following members who responded: Capt. Michael Swift, Capt. Kenneth Benner, Capt. Nicholas Boswell, C/SSgt Matthew Noller, C/SrA Derek Hernandez, and C/A1C Dakota Ackerman.

Paul Saba, Capt, CAP
ICT3(T), CAWG

IC Keilhotz

Mission 11M0554 was opened 29 July 11. ELT located at Chino Airport. Non distress find for C/A1C Dakota Ackerman, C/SSgt Braham Perry, C/Amn Andrew Saba, Capt Ken Benner, Capt Paul Saba. Congratulations to C/A1C Dakota Ackerman for his first “find.”
No aircraft were available for this mission.

IC Stokes

AFRCC search mission 11M0429 was opened and closed 22 Jun for a 121.5 MHz DRB signal in the San Diego metro area.

The DRB signal was DF’ed by a CAP aircraft and UDF teams and determined to be coming from US Navy helicopter in flight over the San Diego Harbor. CAP was assisted by a US Coast Guard helicopter who contacted the Navy helicopter, who in turn secured the ELT while in flight. The CAP aircraft localized the signal over the harbor and the UDF teams tracked the signal and could visually observe the Navy helicopter in flight.

Non-distress finds are authorized for CAP aircrew members 1Lt Tim Baskin CA384 and 1Lt Carol Bennett CA384 and UDF team members Capt Paul Saba CA437, C/Amn Andrew Saba CA437, Maj Robert Keilholtz CA256, Capt Jeff Cable CA441 and Capt Bob Harris CA007.

Congratulations to 1Lt Bennett and C/Amn Saba for their first “find.”

AFRCC mission # 11M0140 was opened on 11 Mar and closed on 12 Mar for a distress signal heard by multiple airborne reports on 121.5 MHz in the LA area.

1 Aircraft and 2 UDF teams were deployed to an area in Hawthorne near a previous day helicopter crash site and to investigate a report of signal heard by Hawthorne tower. CAP 47 localized the signal to the Hawthorne airport and the UDF teams tracked the signal to a Twin Cessna 421 that witnesses said was relocated on field that day. Owner was reached the following morning and ELT was silenced.

Thanks to the Air Crew of CAP 47 Tom Barbre and Matt Shope , also to UDF team John Stokes, Bob Noble & John Jay and UDF team Ken Benner, Aaron Stout, Corwynn Casem & Michael Benner, all who executed the mission with the highest degree of professionalism.

Thanks also to those that responded and were held on standby.

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Non - Distress Authorizations:

John Stokes Maj 34980 CA070 G1 Headquarters UDF Team
Bob Noble Maj 362946 Sq 51 UDF Team
John Jay Lt Col 144912 Sq 51 UDF Team
Ken Benner CAPT 444822 Sq 45 UDF Team
Corwynn Casem C/TSgt 462984 Sq 45 UDF Team
Aaron Stout 1St Lt 162924 Sq 45 UDF Team
Michael Benner FO 444784 Sq 45 UDF Team

Tom Barbre CAPT 401126 Sq 150 Air Crew
Matt Shope C/SMSgt 428891 Sq 56 Air Crew

IC Lovick

AFRCC search mission 11M0108 was opened and closed 27 Feb to locate several
121.5 MHz Distress Radio Beacon signals in the Long Beach harbor area.

The first DRB signal was reported by a CAP aircrew while on a training
flight, however the signal ceased prior to location by CAP personnel.

Thanks to aircrew Bob Schneller, Tom Barbre and Jim Grubb and UDF team Mark
Wheeler, Richard Matano and Michael Swift for their efforts.

A second DRB signal was detected by a CAP member who was monitoring 121.5
Mhz. The DRB signal was located to a shipping container in Long Beach Harbor
by the UDF team.

Non-distress Find authorized for UDF team members Bob Miller, Ken Benner,
Aaron Stout, Corwynn Casem and Braham Perry.

See the All list for further details.
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Non-distress authorizations:
Miller, Robert R Lt Col 146190 Sq 20 CA-437 UDF team
Benner, Kenneth Capt 444822 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team
Stout, Aaron M 1st Lt 162924 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team
Casem, Corwynn R C/TSgt 462984 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team
Perry, Braham G C/SrA 466674 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team

The DRB signal was detected by a CAP member who checked Signal Hill while
en-route home. The UDF team, with the help of Long Beach PD, DFed the signal
to a container in Long Beach harbor yard. The shipping manifest indicated
the container had aircraft parts in shipment to Hong Kong. Since accessing
the container was impractical and with no know missing aircraft in the area,
the signal was left running.

Rich Lovick
IC CAWG

IC Lovick

AFRCC search mission 11M0011A was opened 8 Jan and closed 9 Jan for a 406
MHz ELT plotting around LAX.

The signal was DFed by a UDF team to a package at the FEDEX transfer station
at LAX.

Non-distress Find authorized for UDF team Paul Saba, Don Cook, Michael
Benner and Cadets Cody Premus and Jesse O'Keefe

See the All list for further details.
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Non-distress authorizations:
Saba, Paul J Capt 294165 Sq 20 CA-437 UDF
team
Cook, Don A Capt 353127 Sq 11 CA-435 UDF
team
Benner, Michael SM 444784 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team
Premus , Cody S C/1stLt 440884 Sq 11 CA-435 UDF team
O'Keefe, Jesse David C/CMSgt 436642 Sq 144 CA-441 UDF team

The UDF team quickly acquired the signal soon after arriving at the area of
the merge and determined the signal was coming from the FEDEX transfer
station. After gaining access to the FEDEX facility, the team found the
signal coming from an airline shipping container. Upon unloading the
container, a package was identified from which the signal was emanating.
Since the ELT was attached to a life raft and could not be accessed without
deployment, the signal was left active. The team gathered identifying
information and left a note for the owner.

Congratulations to Cadets Cody Premus and Jesse O'Keefe on earning their
first non-distress Find.

Rich Lovick
IC CAWG

Attention Emergency Service Personnel:

Search Mission AFRCC 10M0998 was opened and closed 27 Dec 2010 for 121.5 MHz airborne ELT reports throughout the San Bernardino/Riverside area. A CAP UDF team determined that the signals were previously reported unsecured ELTs from the flooded Corona Airport (AJO).

Thanks to Capt Paul Saba and his UDF team for confirming there were no other signals in the area.
431921 Cesena, C - 460262 Gunter, M - 466674 Perry, B - 462984 Casem, C.

Maj Jon Stokes, IC
Attn CAWG:

Mission 11-C-3998 Update for 12/25/2010:

AFRCC notified CAP of a 406 MHz Beacon located at the Corona Regional Airport. Members in support of the flooding relief operations at the airport formed a UDF team to DF the signal. Because of flooding at the airport, members had to utilize a small boat to DF the signal. Both a 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz were identified. The 406 MHz signal was located within a hanger with an aircraft inside. Access to the inside of the hanger was made impossible because of the flooding. Airport staffs are working with the owner to silence the signal. No additional signals were heard.

Non-distress finds are authorized for 1Lt. Ken Benner and C/2Lt Michael Benner, UDF Boat Crew.

Special thanks for the back-up boat crew 1Lt. Eric Velasco and C/MSgt Tyler Saba & Capt. Michael Swift (MSO Trainee). Additional thanks to Mr. Greg Irvine (Corona City Manager) and Mr. Richard Brodeur (Airport Manager) who were at the airport and provided assistance to our members.

Paul Saba, Capt, CAP
ICT3(t), CAWG

Attn CAWG,

Members of CAWG assisted with the retrieval and sandbagging of various assets located at the Corona Regional Airport in Corona, CA. The Corona Regional Airport has been flooded by the recent rains and has been closed. Multiple hangers are submerged. Many aircraft were secured, removed from danger or protected in place with sandbags. Members also assisted in filling and placing sandbags at various locations around hangers to protect from future anticipated flooding from storms in the next few days. As waters recede, members will return to assist with clean up operations and to assist the City of Corona with opening the airport. Because of the widespread nature of the flooding, additional requests may occur. Members are asked to remain prepared and keep posted for updates on the CAWG All list.

During sandbag operations, an ELT was heard on 121.5mHz. A UDF team from the relief operation DF’d the signal to a submerged hanger. After an ORM assessment, it was decided to leave the ELT signal on until water recedes. Airport management was made aware of the problem and will silence the signal when conditions permit.

Non-Distress Finds are authorized for: Gunter, Charlene 1LT 455879 PCR-CA-435 UDF Team Velasco, Eric 1LT 297244 PCR-CA-423 UDF Team

Respectfully,
Paul J. Saba, Capt, CAP ICT3(t), CAWG

AFRCC search mission 10M0967 was opened 11 December 2010 and closed 12 December 2010 for a Distress Radio Beacon signal in the Chino Area.

An ELT was DF’d to a Grumman J2F-6 “Duck” located inside the Chino Airport “Planes of Fame” museum. The ELT was silenced by CAP cadets on a UDF team.

Non-Distress Find awards are authorized for UDF team members Lt. Col. Robert Miller, 1st Lt. Cathy Livoni, 1st Lt. Aaron Stout, C/MSgt. Tyler Saba, C/A1C Braham Perry, C/Amn Andrew Jongeneel.

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Distress Recommendations: Miller, Robert LTC 146190 PCR-CA-437 UDF Team Livoni, Kathy 1LT 145519 PCR-CA-437 UDF Team Stout, Aaron 1LT 162924 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team Saba, Tyler C/MSgt 442888 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team Perry, Braham C/A1C 466674 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team Jongeneel, Andrew C/Amn 482596 PCR-CA-437 UDF Team

AFRCC opened the mission after receiving reports of a 121.5/243 distress radio beacon in the area of the Chino Airport. Two UDF teams who were in the area attempted to locate and silence the signal. Upon arrival at the airport, members of the UDF teams met up and DF’d the signal to a hanger operated by Planes of Fame at the Chino Airport. CAP personnel were unable to obtain permission to access the hanger and decided to wait until the business re-opens to identify the source and silence the signal. A UDF team returned to the airport on Sunday morning and DF’d the signal to a Grumman J2F-6 “Duck” inside the museum. Staff from the museum provided a “hands on” tour for cadet members who participated in the search. Special thanks to the Airport Staff of the Chino Airport, Museum Staff of the Planes of Fame, San Bernardino County Sheriff and LTC Ron Butts (IC Mentor).

Paul Saba, Capt, CAP ICT3(T) CAWG

AFRCC mission 10M0923A was opened 11 November 2010 and closed 12 November 2010. The mission was in response to a distress radio call from an aircraft reporting to be near Chino airport without electrical power and without engine power. When the aircraft did not land at Chino, the tower issued an ALNOT and a mission was opened.

A CAP aircrew performed a night-time electronic search (and to the extent possible, visual search) of the area around the airport and several CAP ground teams performed ramp checks of all nearby airports to see if the distressed aircraft made an emergency landing nearby. A San Bernardino Sheriff helicopter and several deputies worked side-by-side with CAP personnel during the search.

During the electronic search, the CAP aircrew detected a 243 Mhz ELT in the area. Working with the aircrew, the ground teams located the ELT, which was found in a residence nearby.

On Friday morning, another CAP aircrew performed an exhaustive visual search of the entire area and did not discover any targets of interest.

After further investigation of the circumstances by the San Bernardino Sheriff, CalEMA, and AFRCC, the mission was closed on Friday morning.

Thanks to aircrew members Rick Woods, Timothy Baskin, Frank Tullo, Michael Naber, and Brian Carr. Thanks to ground team members Ken Benner, Amanda Benner, Aaron Stout, Tyler Saba, Chris Mattson, Nicholas Boswell, Bob Miller, and Cathy Livoni.

Finally, thanks to Paul Saba for acting as OSC and to Mark Wheeler for assisting with comm.

-- Tolga Tarhan, Capt, CAP Incident Commander

AFRCC search mission 10M0849 was opened and closed 13 Oct 2010 for a 406 MHz Distress Radio Beacon signal near Victorville.

The DRB signal was DFed by an Aircrew to Southern California Logistics Airport and an ELT was DFed by a combined Aircrew/UDF team to a scrapped AirBus A300 and silenced.-

Non-distress Find authorized for Aircrew Michael Swift and Mark Wheeler and UDF team Chris Mattson, Robert Miller and Cathy Livoni. Also, thanks to Kenneth Benner, David Goude and Taylor Johnson for their efforts.

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Non-distress authorizations: Swift, Michael P Capt 443233 Sq 5 CA-387 Aircrew Wheeler, Mark C SM 460642 Sq 5 CA-387 Aircrew Miller, Robert R Lt Col 146190 CAWG HQ CA-001 UDF team Mattson, Chris L Capt 249002 Sq 20 CA-437 UDF team Livoni, Cathy A 1st Lt 145519 Sq 20 CA-437 UDF team

Thanks to five other Aircrew and several other members who offered their help.

Rich Lovick IC CAWG

Search Mission AFRCC 10M0603 was opened 30 July 2010 and closed 31 July 2010 for a Distress Radio
Beacon signal originally reported through airborne reports in the Oceanside area.

The ELT signal was Dfed, located and silenced by CAP UDF teams to a Helicopter at North Island
NAS.

Non-Distress finds authorized for UDF team members:

1st Lt Kenneth H Benner 444822 PCR-CA-007
C/2d Lt Michael Benner 444784 PCR-CA-007

Maj Robert G Keilholtz 142498 PCR-CA-256
1st Lt John M Richter 374865 PCR-CA-205
C/Amn Austin Dale Steirer 471471 PCR-CA-423

Many thanks to Capt. Michael P. Swift 443233 PCR-CA-387 for rapidly assembling a flight crew and
preparing to launch in support of this mission. Additionally, I wish to thank 1st Lt Richard A
Lovick 200261 PCR-CA-384 for extensive and timely help in attempting to utilize the IMU3 to
process the paperwork for this mission.

As a special note this was the first find for Cadet Airman Austin D. Steirer of PCR-CA-423.

Gunter Hagen
LTC IC CAP

AFRCC search mission 10M0482 was opened and closed 26 June 2010 for a Distress Radio Beacon signal in the Riverside Area.

An ELT was DF’d to a Piper PA-28 that crashed in a hilly area east of Moreno Valley, CA by CAP Aircraft and silenced by a CAP UDF team.

Distress finds are recommended for UDF team members Lt. Col. John Stark, Capt. Merri Casem, Capt. Edward Casem, C/Capt. Alexander Garland, C/2LT James Aeschliman, C/2LT Ryan Koher, C/MSgt Tyler Saba, C/A1C Braham Perry, and Aircrew Members Capt. Michael Swift, Capt. Tom O’Connor and 1Lt Ken Benner.

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Distress Recommendations:

O’Connor, Tom Capt 136124 PCR-CA-387 Aircrew
Swift, Michael Capt 443233 PCR-CA-387 Aircrew
Benner, Kenneth 1Lt 444822 PCR-CA-007 Aircrew**
Stark, John LTC 204254 PCR-CA-001 UDF Team*
Casem, Edward Capt 447543 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team*
Casem, Merri Capt 445987 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team*

Garland, Alexander C/Capt 406284 PCR-CA-464 UDF Team*
Aeschliman, James C/2Lt 381851 PCR-CA-423 UDF Team
Koher, Ryan C/2Lt 442717 PCR-CA-464 UDF Team*
Saba, Tyler C/MSgt 442888 PCR-CA-423 UDF Team
Perry, Braham C/A1C 466674 PCR-CA-423 UDF Team


* Denotes First Find
** Denotes First Find (as Aircrew)

While enroute to an awards ceremony for a previous search resulting in 2 saves, Capt. Chris Mattson in CPF498 reported to Riverside Base that he began to hear an ELT in the area of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, CA. Riverside Base contacted Maj. Jon Wordsworth who then notified AFRCC who opened a mission. Members conducting a large Cadet Orientation Flight clinic staffed an aircraft and 2 UDF teams to conduct the search. The CAP aircrew quickly located an aircraft that had crashed in the hills east of Moreno Valley. Both Riverside County Fire and Sheriff Departments were notified of the location and both agencies advised they were already aware of the incident. CAP UDF teams arrived to find the pilot and passenger unharmed. The pilot stated he was forced land due to fuel starvation. UDF team members assisted the aircraft owner in securing the ELT.

Special thanks to Capt. Chris Mattson for reporting the ELT which resulted in the immediate response of CAP assets which located the down aircraft.

Additionally, thanks to the aircrew from Squadron 129 who also responded to the request for aircrews.
Paul Saba, Capt, CAP
ELTMM(T) CAWG

AFRCC search mission 10M0450 was opened 18 June and closed 19 June 2010 for a 406Mhz Distress Radio Beacon signal reported in the Long Beach Area.

Although the signal was briefly DF’d by CAP aircraft and CAP UDF teams to an residential area of Long Beach, the signal ceased before it could be located.

Thanks to the below people who worked on this mission that lasted nearly 24 hours:

Lt Col Alan Ferguson – IC
Maj Jon Stokes – IC
Maj Bob Keilholtz – UDF Team
Capt Bryan Laplante – UDF Team
Capt Michael Swift – Aicrew
1Lt Rick Lovick – IC & UDF Team
1Lt Tom Barbre – Aircrew
1Lt Robert Schneller – Aircrew
1Lt Richard Matano – Aircrew
1Lt Ken Benner – UDF Team
C/2Lt Michael Benner – UDF
C/A1C Corwynn Casem - UDF

Jon Stokes, Maj CAP
ELTMM(T) CAWG

AFRCC search mission 10M0440 was opened 15 Jun and closed 16 Jun 2010 for a
121.5 MHz Distress Radio Beacon signal reported by aircraft over the LA metro
area.

An EPIRB was located and silenced on a dock in Alamitos Bay by a CAP UDF
team.

Non-distress Find authorized for Jon Stokes (Gp1 HQ) and Kenneth Benner,
Aaron Stout, Amanda Benner, Michael Benner and Corwynn Casem (Sq 45).

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Non-distress authorizations:
Stokes, Jon L Maj 349806 Gp 1 CA-070 UDF team
Benner, Kenneth 1st Lt 444822 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team
Stout, Aaron M 2d Lt 162924 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team
Benner, Amanda M SM 464318 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team
Benner, Michael C/2dLt 444784 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team
Casem, Corwynn R C/A1C 462984 Sq 45 CA-007 UDF team

Congratulations to Amanda Benner and Corwynn Casemon earning their first
non-distress Find.

The EPIRB appears to have been the same signal reported by a CAP aircrew overs hours prior to mission start. Also, thanks to the USCG for providing a Lat/Long close to the objective.

Rich Lovick
IC CAWG

ELTMM Trainee Saba,

AFRCC search mission 10M0244 was opened and closed 04 April 2010 for a Distress Radio Beacon signal in the Los Angeles South Bay Area.

An ELT was DF’d to a bed of a pickup in front of an address in Rancho Palos Verdes by a CAP UDF team and silenced by the owner.

Non-distress find authorized for UDF team members Maj. John Stokes, 1Lt Ken Benner, 2Lt Aaron Stout, C/2lt Michael Benner & C/TSgt Tyler Saba.

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Non-distress authorizations:

Stokes, John Maj. 349806 PCR-CA-070 UDF Team
Benner, Ken 1Lt. 444822 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team
Stout, Aaron 2Lt. 162924 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team
Benner, Michael C/2Lt. 444784 PCR-CA-007 UDF Team

Saba, Tyler C/TSgt. 442888 PCR-CA-423 UDF Team

AFRCC opened the mission after receiving multiple airborne reports of a 121.5 distress radio beacon from all over the Southern California coastline from Ventura to Los Angeles Counties. Thanks to the assistance of LA County Sheriff’s aviation units, the signal was able to tracked down to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Members of CAP UDF teams worked alongside with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department to locate and eventually silence an ELT located inside of a pick-up truck bed. The owner of the ELT quickly secured the ELT.

The UDF teams included one trainee and two cadets. This was the first mission for ELTMM (Trainee) Paul Saba. Special thanks to 1Lt Michael Allen who acted as the initial Incident Commander until I assumed command; and 1Lt Richard Lovick who acted as the IC Supervisor.

Also, thanks to the several CAWG members who offered their help.

Paul Saba, Capt, CAP
ELTMM(T) CAWG

Search mission 10M0105 Opened 12 February 2010 and closed 13 February 2010 for an un-registered 406/121.5 ELT in the LA Basin. Signal appeared to be moving and ceased prior to being DF'd
Thanks to the rapid responses from UDF and Aircrews.

AFRCC search mission 10-M-0055 opened 20 January and closed 21 January 2010 for a missing Cessna 340, N2217B, on a transportation flight from Henderson, NV to Compton, CA on 18 January, with two people on board.

The aircraft was located by a CAP ground team in the Cajon Pass, approximately five miles to the north of Rialto Municipal Airport, no survivors. Due to the weather, the ground team worked without the assistance of air assets and located the target visually by spotting a reflection. The ground team worked in the dark, and in wet weather all night.

Our thanks to the following participants for working tirelessly all night long, and for working past the challenging terrain and weather:

Field Personnel:
John Binder Sq-20
John Michael Binder (Cadet) Sq-20
Bob Miller CAWG Assist with Group 3
Cathy Livoni ???? Assist with Group 3
Paul Saba Sq-29
Tyler Saba (Cadet) Sq-29
Ken Benner Sq-45
Bob Keilholtz

Mission Staff:
1Lt. Tolga Tarhan, Incident Commander
1Lt. Richard Lovick, Operations Section Chief
1Lt. Matt Scherzi, PIO

Distress finds will be awarded by CAWG/DO.

--
Tolga Tarhan, 1Lt, CAP

AFRCC search mission 10-M-0046 opened 18 January and closed 19 January 2010 for a missing Cessna 172, N13073, on a training flight from Williams Airport in Yucca Valley to Palm Springs, two people on board.

Aircraft and two survivors located by CAP aircrew and ground teams along with Joshua Tree National Park rangers. Aircraft was located approx. 22 miles northeast of the Palm Springs Airport in Joshua Tree National Park. Aircraft was found upside down with the two occupants trapped inside. The survivors were suffering from multiple trauma fractures and hypothermia when the ground teams arrived on scene. The two survivors were extricated with the assistance of Riverside County Sheriff and Fire and transported by medi-vac helicopter to a hospital in Palm Springs.

Two SAVE awards authorized for California Wing by AFRCC. Distress finds will be awarded by the CAWG/DO.

Our thanks to the following participants on the mission for an outstanding team effort in challenging weather, terrain, and remote location --

Mission staff
LTC Ron Butts, Incident Commander
LTC David Boehm, Operations Section Chief
1LT Tolga Tarhan, Planning Section Chief
1LT Rich Lovick, Resources Unit Leader
1LT Matt Scherzi, PIO
Art Snow, Communications relay

Field Personnel
MAJ Bob Keilholtz, Ground Team Leader
Chris Mattson Ken Benner, Bob Miller and Cathy Livoni Ground Team members
Bob Burhle, John Craig, and Philip Corvinus Ground team support

Aircrew members
Frank Tullo, Roy Hofheinz, Eugene Ramirez, Frank San Pedro, Jon Stokes, James Haugen, John Findley, and Steve Williams

AFRCC search mission 09M0739 opened 10 August 2009

UDF team consisting of 1st Lt Ken Benner, C/MSgt Michael Benner, 1st Lt Bob Harris, 2nd Lt Aaron Stout, from Squadron 45, Group 3 were dispatched to the San Diego Metro area to search for an ELT picked up by a CAP aircraft.  The coordinates were approximately 3 miles S.W. of the  Mission Bay VOR Found at NAS San Diego. The location of the second beacon was estimated to be at or near Gillespie Field out in El Cajon, California.

AFRCC search mission 09M0684 opened 26 July 2009

Long Beach Harbor UDF Teams were dispatched directly to the coordinates provided by a CAP aircraft of a 121.5 ELT In the Long Beach Harbor Area.container was filled with parts from an aircraft company and was heading to Australia soon. Congratulation on their First Finds for Christopher Cesena from SQ29 and Robert Harris from SQ 45 who joined Ken Benner, Michael Benner, and Bob Miller for this evenings hunt.

At 1900 26 August Two UDF Teams were dispatched directly to the coordinates provided by a CAP aircraft of a 121.5 ELT In the Long Beach Harbor Area. At the Port of Long Beach we picked up sweeps right away. In the confusion of navigating all of the twists and turns of the piers and storage yards, we were grateful to be intercepted by the Harbor Patrol. Two Harbor Patrol vehicles escorted us back to our first location where we met up with their Sergeant. Now all five vehicles with strobe lights flashing away are clustered in a big pile right in the middle of the main exit from Pier G. Now we all head out to the adjacent pier with a Police escort, lights and sirens ablaze twisting and turning through a maze of thousands of storage containers stacked several high as far as you can see. After several minutes wandering this giant mouse maze, we finally end up on foot to zero in on a stack of containers four stories tall. By now we have piqued the interest of the employees at this yard and have several more vehicles with flashing lights around us. The shipping yard brought over a huge boom lift for us to scan the higher containers for the best signal, while at the same time they are checking the manifests of these containers for clues. At the exact time we were getting very strong sweeps on one particular container, the news came back that this container was filled with parts from an aircraft company and was heading to Australia soon. Congratulation on their First Finds for Christopher Cesena from SQ29 and Robert Harris from SQ 45 who joined Ken Benner, Michael Benner, and Bob Miller for this evenings hunt!

AFRCC search mission 09M0632 opened 09 July 2009

ELT found in CH 60 helecopter at Los Alamitos JFTC

AFRCC search mission 09M0493 opened 29 May 2009

ELT in Pomona area, went silent before find.

AFRCC search mission 09M0447 opened 16 May 2009

UDF mission to locate an ELT in the LA area. The ELT was located in a parked helicopter at Los Alamitos JFTC and secured.

AFRCC search mission 09M0232 opened 01 March 2009

AIRBORNE REPORTS 25 E OF PALM SPRINGS. POC: SSGT KOZ.

AFRCC search mission 09M0169 opened 06 February 2009

One ELT was secured at Montgomery Field, San Diego Three at Gillespie Field, El Cajon Two at NAS North Island One at Palomar Airport, Carlsbad One at John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana One at Bob Hope Airport, Burbank Two additional signal ceased before being located.
One additional signal may have be associated with a crashed airplane at Catalina Island.

AFRCC search mission 09M0126 opened 28 January 2009

Drove to SQ29, Located ELT in vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga Apartment complex

 

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