The US Civil Air Patrol supports the Red Cross with flights of blood products

The first mission carried blood to Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wichita, Kansas. The second was cleared by First Air Force’s Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) for airlift from Wichita to Aurora, Colorado.

Wichita volunteers from the Air Capital Composite Squadron drove 20 boxes, in two vehicles, from the American Red Cross processing facility in Wichita to a facility in Tulsa. The team also transported six boxes of blood to the regional facility in Wichita.

Kansas Wing also received a request for urgent transportation of blood products from the Wichita facility to the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora. Due to its weather sensitivity, the AFRCC authorized Civil Air Patrol to fly the mission on behalf of the Air Force.

Civilian Auxiliary Force

“CAP volunteers continue to meet America’s critical needs,” said Brig. Gen. Richard Dickens, vice commander, First Air Force. “We depend on their help in vital matters.”

Crew members from Air Capital Squadron and Smoky Hill Composite Squadron in Salina transported a box of blood from Wichita to Limon, Colorado, where a member of the main Black Sheep Squadron in Centennial transported the blood to the hospital.

Acting as a Total Force partner and official civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol performs missions assigned by First Air Force to rapidly respond as part of a Civil Authority Defense Support Capability to save lives, relieve suffering, prevent property damage and provide humanitarian aid.

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