News From Terre Haute, Indiana

News

February 25, 2013

‘Operation Restless Tomahawk’ proves successful, provides learning tips

TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana Civil Air Patrol Wing and the 181st Intelligence Wing successfully combined efforts for the first time as part of a weekend emergency training simulation that concluded Sunday.

The exercise, based at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field, was the first time the Civil Air Patrol was linked with a dozen volunteer intelligence experts from the 181st Intelligence Wing.

CAP ground crews used directional finding equipment to locate a beacon in a “downed” aircraft. An airport hangar was used as a base, where laptop computers projected a location of the crews and spots where aircraft reported findings to triangulate a search area.

“We used open source information, such as the county’s GIS (geographic information system)” and information from the U.S. Geological Survey and other sources “to apply it to a user interface for a macrolevel view,” said Sgt. Greg Hrovat of the 181st Intelligence Wing. Weather information for CAP pilots was also provided during the exercise.

“Operation Restless Tomahawk” was a training scenario in which a search was made to find a Piper Tomahawk, a small private plane. The pilot of the fictional silver and red aircraft had left Lafayette on Thursday of the simulation on its way to Evansville. In the training exercise, the pilot was to have stopped in Sullivan to meet his mother.

The pilot did not show up that Friday. Ground crews on Sunday eventually found the “pilot,” who was in serious condition, needing hospitalization, according to the simulation.

As a further training tool, at the same time, a hunter was reported missing. Civil Air Patrol planes flew overhead to spot the hunter’s vehicle. Dogs from the Vigo County Search and Rescue K-9, part of the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency, were used to successfully find the “hunter.”

Joseph Novotney, vice commander of the Terre Haute CAP Senior Squadron, said the exercise also provided small learning tips. Windshields on CAP planes iced overnight, requiring defrosting, and planes should have been hangared, he said.

“Having exercises like this, with multiple agencies with multiple capabilities, gives everyone a really good idea in a real world scenario who they can call, what capabilities are available and gives us an idea of how the 181st can better support the local community,” said Maj. Frank Howard of the Indiana Air National Guard.

Five CAP aircraft and eight ground vehicles, used among three ground crews, took part in the weekend exercise. There were about 140 people who participated in the event, including 107 Civil Air Patrol members and agencies such as the American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter, Amateur Radio Emergency Services and Riley Fire Department.

About 30 CAP volunteers were housed at the Vigo EMA building at the airport on the first night and 37 the second, said EMA Director Dorene Hojnicki.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be contacted at 812-231-4204 or howard.

greninger@tribstar.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News