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All-Cadet SAREX

The All-Cadet SAREX embraces all three CAP missions Aerospace Education, the Cadet Program, and Emergency Services. During the SAREX, cadets assume all mission roles from Incident Commander to Mission Pilot to Ground Team Member. The SAREX will challenge your decision making, problem solving, team leadership, communications, flight planning, risk management, and navigation skills, and sharpen your ability to think on your feet!
(Washington Wing pioneered this type of SAREX!)

Video from the February 2013 All-Cadet SAREX

Location:  Northshore Squadron HQ     map and address at
If you have never been to Northshore Squadron, please read that page for important access information.

Time:    Doors open / sign-in at 0830
Operations commence 0900
End 1630

Cost: Lunch will not be provided. Participants should bring lunch, and/or a $2.00 dollars for pizza.

Uniform:    BDUs
Cadet Aircrew may wear flightsuits
Cadets interested in working on Groundteam Ops should dress appropriately.

Cadets who do not yet have a uniform should wear comfortable clothes and a dark T-shirt.


Sign-up:   If you have not yet signed-up, go to and enter your information.

A SAREX is a practice Search And Rescue EXercise. The Northshore All-Cadet SAREX missions parallel the CAP/WSDOT SAREXes, with the following exceptions:

  • Specially configured flight simulator software is used in place of actual aircraft
  • All mission duties (including aircrew) are staffed by cadets

To Bring Required:

  • Notebook with spare pens/pencils
  • Lunch and/or money for lunch
  • Water (camelback is OK)
  • CAP ID card
  • Your CAP 101 card   (You can print a copy from eServices )
  • Completed CAPF 31 and CAPF 161

To Bring Optional:

  • Cellphone
  • WiFi-enabled Laptop computer
  • Seattle aeronautical sectional chart (expired is OK)
  • Gridded Seattle sectional
  • Survival Vest (or photographers vest) for aircrew members
  • Digital Camera
  • Cadet Mission Pilots: If you have a favorite USB yoke or joystick, you may bring it and use it on your sorties.

Ground Team: Stay tuned we are enhancing the Ground Team portion! We have plenty of Ground Team slots available. Sign up now and stay tuned for the particulars!


Plan of Operation:

Flying the Simulator

Flying the Simulator

We will conduct a series of search exercises. Each one will be conducted in accordance with NIMS/FEMA procedures and protocols.
All mission staff positions will be filled by cadets.

We will have actual Mission Staff members observing our operations. Should you have any questions, you may ask them for assistance.
But you will be responsible for conducting the mission.

The IC (Incident Commander) will be provided with a Pause button. If necessary, the IC may use this button to temporarily pause the SAREX.

Our mission pilots will be using flight simulator software with realistic scenery.  Each flight simulator station will have its own classroom. The classroom will represent the aircraft. Once an aircrew is in their classroom and the simulator is in the air, aircrew may not leave the classroom until the simulator has landed

Cadets tracking a target with the UDF

Cadets tracking a target with the UDF


All radio comms will go through Highbird. We will use our squadron radios for all radio comms.



Parents and Guests are welcome to attend and observe the SAREX, and have permission to go anywhere (including aircraft in-flight)
Unless otherwise directed, all parents and guests are subject to Ghost Of Christmas Past protocol.  This means that although parents and guests
may go anywhere they like, they will be unseen and unheard by mission staff.
(We do not see them, we do not hear them.)







Consulting the Gridded Chart

(l to r) C/SSgt Chris Clark and C/2Lt Bradley Steinike exchange ideas in front of the chart.

All participants must be Safety Current.

If you have not yet completed your Online GES Training (General Emergency Services), do it now.

Aircrew Training: Cadet Mission Pilots and Observers should take the six-lesson course that provides hands-on practice for mission-critical aircrew skills. (Mission Base Staff should also review this important information.) Click Here to view the training.

Mission Base Staff: Be sure to review the overview materials at

Recommended Training: If you have not yet completed your FEMA IS-100.b and IS-700 online course and quiz, do it now.  (New members without CAP ID numbers may also take these.)

Links to all of these training courses are at
There is a short quiz at the end of each training course. When you pass the quiz, you will get a Completion Certificate that you can download.
Download that certificate and save it in a safe place on your computer.

Capt Jacksons Cell Phone is 650-400-3759

Give it to your parents. You may also use it if you have trouble finding or accessing our squadron building.

Be prepared to have a LOT of fun!   You can read about a previous SAREX here.