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CAP Members Included in Natl. Response Coordination Center Audience for President’s Visit

Civil Air Patrol was represented Sunday during President Donald Trump’s visit along with approximately half his cabinet to Federal Emergency Management Agency Headquarters in Washington, D.C., during preparations for Hurricane Dorian.

The president received a situation brief from FEMA senior staff and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan.

After that, Trump entered the National Response Coordination Center and briefly addressed the liaison officers. assembled on the floor. He thanked everyone for their hard work, noting Dorian could be a record-breaking storm.

Present as well was Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., who also thanked everyone for their dedication and hard work. FEMA, Scott added, had gotten him everything he had asked in response to storms occurring during his tenure as Florida governor from 2011 until Jan. 8.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, part of the presidential contingent, remained behind and chatted with several Civil Air Patrol, Department of Defense, National Guard Bureau and Defense Logistics Agency personnel in the coordination center.

The CAP members present included Col. Gene Egry, vice commander of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Esper asked them about what they were working on and any issues they were having. He also paused to have a photo taken with them.