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181st Intelligence Wing works with Mobile Vet Center

Department of Veterans Affairs, the 181st Intelligence Wing’s Incident Awareness and Assessment (IAA) team, and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) trained together on Feb. 6, 2013, Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Ind. 181st members trained inside the Mobile Veterans Center (MVC) working on special software programs and downloading imagery. All this training is to help the incident commander to better prepare for recovery efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John S. Chapman/Released)

Department of Veterans Affairs, the 181st Intelligence Wing’s Incident Awareness and Assessment (IAA) team, and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) trained together on Feb. 6, 2013, Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Ind. 181st members trained inside the Mobile Veterans Center (MVC) working on special software programs and downloading imagery. All this training is to help the incident commander to better prepare for recovery efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John S. Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ben Knowles, 181st Intelligence Wing, Indiana Air National Guard and Mr. Doug Reinbold, Readjustment Counseling Technician, Veterans Center look at imagery sent down into the Mobile Vet Center, Feb 6, 2014 Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Ind. In a natural disaster these images would be given to the incident commander to better prepare for recovery efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John S. Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ben Knowles, 181st Intelligence Wing, Indiana Air National Guard and Mr. Doug Reinbold, Readjustment Counseling Technician, Veterans Center look at imagery sent down into the Mobile Vet Center, Feb 6, 2014 Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Ind. In a natural disaster these images would be given to the incident commander to better prepare for recovery efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. John S. Chapman/Released)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. --
The 181st Intelligence Wing's Incident Awareness and Assessment (IAA) team, the Mobile Veterans Center (MVC), and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) teamed to conduct training Feb. 6, 2013, in support of the Indiana Air National Guard civil support mission.

Although the primary mission of the MVC is to provide Department of Veteran Affairs resources to remote veterans, alternative missions include utilizing their communication capabilities to assist federal and state first responders during a natural disaster.

"We're able to take the pictures and send them to the Mobile Vet Center where we have people inside with the software to analyze the natural disaster, so we can give it to the incident commander to better prepare him for recovery efforts," said Master Sgt. Ben Knowles, noncommissioned officer in charge of the IAA team.

Training included system testing and familiarization, as well as an IAA flight with the CAP to test the combined capabilities of the organizations.