Last weekend, California Wing (CAWG) held its annual Wing Led Exercise, with the Incident Command Post (ICP) this year at Livermore airport (LVK).
|CAP aircraft at LVK airport, with an ominous looking sky.|
Participants in the exercise represented all of CAWG’s Groups and many squadrons from throughout California (as well as Pacific Region). Well over 100 members volunteered their time during the weeks prior to the exercise and in the days in which the actual sorties were flown / driven / hiked.
Given the earthquake scenario, most of the tasking was disaster relief, i.e., airborne (and ground-based) photography, related. In total, the WLE accomplished 22 AP sorties, resulting in 337 photos provided to customers; 2 ground sorties; and 2 communications relays.
|Unlike in our earlier sortie, this aircrew was able to launch from CCR!|
My sorties included a variety of tasking types, including manually acquiring photos using the Nikon cameras both from on the ground (I’ll bet the controllers in the Monterey control tower wondered why I was out on the ramp, taking photos of them, ostensibly to document whether or not there was any damage to the control tower during the (simulated) earthquake) and from in the air. Airborne shots included oblique views of targets, shot at a 45 deg angle, and nadir views, shot straight down from right over the target and requiring a great deal of coordination between the AP and the Mission Pilot. The sorties also included strip imaging using the Garmin VIRB cameras, in which we flew over target regions, shooting images at regularly spaced (5 second) intervals, with overlap between adjacent images for complete coverage of the target area.
|Flight planning at CCR, including Squadron 188 members,|
2d Lt Roudnev (L) and Maj Ironfield (C).
|This is what an AP does in-flight.|
|This is what an AP does after a sortie (Lt Hollerbach).|
Squadron 188 members who participated included:
- Lt Col Juan Tinnirello – PIO
- Lt Col Don Jones - MO
- Maj Steven DeFord - OSC
- Maj Kathy Brown – AOBD
- Maj Jeff Ironfield - PSC, MP
- Maj Mark Fridell - MSA
- Maj Georgios Michelogiannakis - PSC-T
- Capt Jordan Hayes – UDF, MRO (with HF radios)
- Capt John Stevulak – LSC-T
- Capt Don Eichelberger - IPU
- 1st Lt Eric Choate – AOBD-T
- 1st Lt Karin Hollerbach - AP
- 1st Lt Robert Kraus – MP
- 2d Lt Nikolay Zherebnenkov - MSA
- 2d Lt Sergio Mello
- 2d Lt Alexei Roudnev- MO
- 2d Lt Sharma Vaibhav
- 2d Lt Antonio Fiorenza - MSA
- SM Chuck Towns
- SM Clarence Binninger