Tornadoes in Mississippi caused
damage in Tupelo.
Cadet Capt. Edward Sanders of the 42nd Composite
Squadron in Little Rock handles radio traffic with
airplanes participating in the Arkansas Wing mission.
Photo by Maj. Blake Sasse, Arkansas Wing
In Mississippi, a Golden Triangle Composite
Squadron aircrew flew a photo mission and a Desoto
Composite Squadron aircrew took a NOAA/NWS
forecaster aloft. At least 15 tornado-related deaths were
reported in the state.
Mississippi Wing aircrews flew two missions and
obtained more than 300 aerial images used by the
city of Tupelo, the National Weather Service and the
Federal Emergency Management Agency. About a
dozen wing members, both in planes and on the ground,
provided communications relay and assisted with damage assessment.
Members of the Tennessee Wing were asked to provide aerial photographs of the destruction in Lincoln
County, which killed a couple in the Flintville area.
Aircrews took photos there and in neighboring Moore
County so the Tennessee Emergency Management
Agency could assess the damage.
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On April 30 the Tennessee Wing took more than 80
aerial images of tornado damage, said Maj. Rob Borsari,
incident commander for the event.
Borsari said the wing flies disaster relief missions
that means we do disaster imagery fairly
rarely about once a year for the last three he said.
also fly search and rescue several times a year on
average. In order to be prepared when called, we train every
month to fly search and rescue and disaster relief
an honor to be trusted to perform such an important service, said Borsari, the director of emergency services.
member of Tennessee Wing is proud to serve
our country, our state and our neighbors as best we
he said. means everything to me personally to be
able to use my training and skills to assist in times of