A like this one, installed
on a CAP Cessna, allows aircrews to
lock onto a target and track it in real-time
using full-motion video, an effective
pre-deployment training tool for U.S.
National Headquarters at Maxwell Air
Force Base, Alabama.
The NOC is responsible for the
day-to-day coordination of approvals
for all external support missions other
than search and rescue still managed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force
Base, Florida while also providing
administrative support for all missions.
It is staffed during normal duty hours,
with an on-call duty officer available
the last 15 years, CAP has
gone from flying mostly corporate
missions to flying 80 percent of the
time on missions assigned by the U.S.
Air Desmarais said.
Partnership with the Air Force
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visits with Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP
national commander, in front of exhibit in September at the Air Force
annual conference in National Harbor, Maryland.
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The Air Force is increasingly calling
on CAP, particularly to help train its
own members. Whereas CAP planes
towed canvas target sleeves for the military to practice aerial gunnery in the
1940s, today a sensor ball attached to
the wing of a CAP Cessna turns the
aircraft into a to
mimic the Air MQ-1 Predator
and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft that provide real-time data to
U.S. service members.
Operation Green Flag training is
conducted routinely in Nevada and
Louisiana, focusing on air-to-ground
operations and filling a critical training
gap in support of Army and Marine
forces as they prepare to deploy.
Intercept practice is yet another