N.C. Wing's Transport Missions During Pandemic Exceed 40,000 Miles
Capt. Lynne Albert
Assistant Public Affairs Officer
North Carolina Wing
Members of the North Carolina Wing have logged more than 40,000 miles conducting transport missions across the state in support of the North Carolina Department of Emergency Management’s COVID-19 response.
More than 60 drivers have participated on the most extensive ground-based operation in the wing’s history, with each delivery day accounting for an average of 2,000 miles. So far the wing has made more than 500 deliveries of much-needed supplies and equipment from the mountains to the coast.
Members are also staffing two Department of Emergency Management field warehouses, totaling more than 4,000 hours in providing logistics and administrative support.
“We train regularly to serve our communities in times of emergency,” said Col. Edward Angelovich, North Carolina Wing commander. “Our transport drivers, warehouse personnel and Incident Command Post team members have all performed selflessly on this mission. They demonstrate daily to our communities and state that we are ready, willing and able to help them and to serve their needs.”
“In challenging times like these, we count on the Civil Air Patrol to get the job done,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Simpler, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, First Air Force (AFNORTH). “The dedication and expertise of these volunteer citizen airmen enable a quicker and more effective response to help our fellow citizens.”
Civil Air Patrol is aligned with First Air Force to rapidly respond to non-military threats domestically when tasked in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities capacity to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian assistance.