CAP cadet receives training during disaster relief mission

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Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Dawn Patrick gathers her belongings after completing an airborne photographic mission in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Photo/Civil Air Patrol mission pilot Lt. Col. Larry Taylor.
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Dawn Patrick gathers her belongings after completing an airborne photographic mission in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Photo/Civil Air Patrol mission pilot Lt. Col. Larry Taylor.

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Dawn Patrick, of Peachtree City Falcon Field Composite Squadron, was one of a three-person aircrew to participate in an airborne photographic mission to assess damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Falcon Field Composite Squadron Public Affairs Officer Capt. Candice Serafin said Patrick was part of the aircrew on an airborne photography mission for the Civil Air Patrol, Georgia Wing.

The mission included photographing specific targets to assess damage, flooding or blocked roadways along the Georgia coast from the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, said Serafin.

Serafin said it was Patrick’s first mission sortie, in which she played a critical role in the operations of the mission.

Serafin explained that “Mission Observer” is a non-pilot position that is required to be on board and assist the pilot and airborne photographer.

“For this mission, she was under the training supervision of Lt. Col. Larry Taylor, Civil Air Patrol mission pilot,” Serafin said. “Cadet Patrick’s duties included assisting in gathering digital imagery coordinates, operating navigational aids, communication operations to Civil Air Patrol mission base, logging take-off and landing times and much more.”

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