Civil Air Patrol

AZ Wing Supports Gila County Sheriff’s Office SAR

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CAP Incident Commander Paul Combellick briefs mission pilot Russ Miller prior to departure.

Arizona Wing is supporting the Gila County Sheriff’s Office in an ongoing mission searching for an overdue hiker in the remote Twin Buttes area near Strawberry. Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 launched an aircraft to serve as a communications “highbird,” relaying messages between the Sheriff’s Department onsite SAR team (in a deep canyon) and the Sheriff’s Incident Commander. Two AZ Wing ground teams also headed to the peak of Humboldt Mountain to provide¬†additional communications support.

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