Washington Civil Air Patrol Members Test Crisis Response in Statewide Exercise: “The Perfect Storm”

Civil Air Patrol members from around the state participated in a multi-day training exercise this past weekend, beginning The Pierce County Airport-Thun Field (PLU) in Puyallup, WA, served as the mission base, while five remote staging areas were activated across the state including Yakima, Spokane, Walla Walla, Bellingham, and Vancouver.

According to Colonel James Furlong, Commander of Washington Wing, “We called it the ‘Perfect Storm,’ and it is was a training exercise to test the readiness of our local members and to employ our aircraft, aircrews, and emergency services teams to assist state and national organizations during a simulated state-level emergency. We didn’t really know what twists and turns the training mission would deal us until it happened.”

This past weekend’s exercise was directly overseen by a field evaluation team from the U.S. Air Force and included

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