Civil Air Patrol to conduct training based from Vermillion South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will conduct a Search and Rescue training exercise Sept. 12-14, based out of the Vermillion Airport. The exercise will involve top emergency responders from the city of Vermillion, Clay and Bon Homme counties. The exercise will canvas Clay and surrounding counties. Captain Teresa Schimelfening, former squadron commander of the Lewis & Clark Composite Squadron and currently director of logistics for South Dakota Wing, wants citizens to not be alarmed at seeing ground personnel wearing camouflage uniforms or the sight of low-flying, circling aircraft. The aircraft will look like the one in the above photograph. CAP was founded Dec. 1, 1941 shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force is required by Congress to provide three missions; aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. CAP is responsible for more than 90 percent of all inland search and rescue missions in the United States. It assists local, state and federal authorities with homeland security, counter narcotics/drug reduction, law enforcement reconnaissance, disaster evaluation, disaster relief, and border patrol missions. The South Dakota Wing has six single-engine aircraft and performs a number of missions for the state, including support to SDSU wildlife studies, emergency services during crisis actions, support of National Guard, and searches for individuals or aircraft. South Dakota has 200+ adult and 100+ youth members (cadets). There are 10 squadrons based in South Dakota at Aberdeen, Brookings, Custer, Huron, Philip, Pierre, Sioux Falls, Spearfish and Yankton. Squadrons are active in the local communities providing outstanding programs for young people age 12 and up. Adult volunteers also contribute their time and talents in service to their communities and country. More information is available online at www.cap.gov or www.sdcap.gov.�?
By David Lias For most people in Vermillion, Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson have been merely images on newsprint. The … Read Article