- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - More than 70 South Dakota members of the Civil Air Patrol are gathering in Sioux Falls Saturday to conduct a search-and-rescue and disaster-relief training exercise.

Saturday’s exercise includes flying search missions, aerial photo reconnaissance missions and ground team searches. It focuses on training aircrews, ground teams and command staff through realistic scenarios that mirror the Civil Air Patrol’s real-world activities.

The patrol has squadrons in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Brookings, Pierre, Spearfish and Custer.

The training serves as a dress rehearsal for the South Dakota Wing’s evaluated search and rescue exercise in June. At that event, the United States Air Force will check on and rate the wing’s readiness, capabilities and effectiveness in conducting its search and rescue and disaster relief missions.

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