Search & Rescue Missions
During Hurricane Katrina Hawkins Field served as a heliport for FEMA, MEMA, the US Forest Service, fire fighters, police, and other first responders ferrying personnel and supplies to the Coast. The Civil Air Patrol the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force handles 95 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75 lives saved each year. Members of the CAP are generally the first on the scene transmitting satellite digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and providing disaster relief and emergency services. The Mississippi Wing Civil Air Patrol is based at Hawkins Field supporting state wide search and rescue missions for missing aircraft, providing essential communications support for pilots in distress and public safety responders during times of emergency.