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From the Director of Emergency Services, Lt Col Dana McLaughlin

1st Quarter, 2020

Kiluea may be quiet, but the tempo of Hawai’i wing Emergency Services (ES) training is heating up. Last year we had a record number of missions, including photographing and monitoring the volcano Kilauea and the East Rift Zone. We had responders in the air and on the ground during the record breaking rainfall and flooding on Kauai. We flew warning and photography missions for two Hurricanes: Lane and Olivia.

This year we are building up our ES skills to be even more prepared for the future. We will kickoff 2020 with our biannual State-wide ES Evaluation (SAR EVAL). During this exercise, the Air Force tasks us with multiple mission scenarios and helps us to identify areas for growth. After this we have a packed training schedule all the way through the end of the year. Some highlights include: the annual Communications Exercise (COMMEX) in March, this is an exercise when we focus on practicing and expanding our radio skills. The Mission Aircrew School (MAS) in April, is a good time for aspiring pilots, observers and scanners to learn on the ground and then practice their skills in the air during training flights. The HIEMA State SAREX Makani Pahili in June, is when we show our customer what we can do and how well we work in large multi-agency responses. A mountain fury course in July, is for experienced pilots to get training with high-altitude operations and emergency procedures. 

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