The crews practiced searching assigned sectors in parts of Washoe, Humboldt, Pershing and Churchill counties, as far west as Lovelock and south to Carson City. Several scenarios were used to hone the skills of aircrews, including searches for missing hikers, surveying remote airports for simulated flood damage, hunting for emergency locator beacons and tracking a simulated missing tanker truck along the I-80 corridor.
Throughout the eight day exercise, some CAP air crews started each day with pre-flight briefings at 5 a.m., while other flights patrolled area skies via midday and late afternoon flights. Capt. Josh McDonald and his aircrew did most of their flying in the early hours.
The exercise was produced and coordinated by Reno Squadron’s Operations Officer, Lt. Col. Shyle Irigoin, a twenty-three year veteran of CAP. Lt. Col. Irigoin, who spends his workdays as a Pine Middle School teacher, teamed with former Navy pilot, Lt. Col. Gordon Jobes of the Nevada Wing staff, to run the base operations.
The Reno squadron has another SAREX planned for later in August. The Reno Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is led by Squadron Commander, Capt. Eric Henry, CAP.