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Rock Hill, S.C. (WJZY) -- The U.S. Air Force is keeping an eagle eye on the Carolinas this week. It's target: The Civil Air Patrol.

CAP is an auxiliary of the Air Force and it's being evaluated on its performance.

We caught up with some pilots at the Rock Hill airport and got a view of their mission...Using Google Glass.

"I've lived through several hurricanes on the East Coast of the United States. I've seen first hand the devastation that can occur," said Philip O'Reilly.

Philip is a Major in the South Carolina wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

"CAP's mission is around identifying as quickly as possible the places where the help is most needed, to support local organizations, and for me having lived through that, I appreciate that there's someone out there looking out for me," said O'Reilly.

He and his colleagues are on a 3-week long training exercise: Part of an evaluation by the U.S. Air Force.

"We just received a mission: A missing aircraft that departed Charleston airspace and was headed for North Carolina. This all happens very quickly. Within 30-45 minutes, we're up in the air searching for the aircraft," said 1st Lieutenant Brett Grooms.

I wasn't allowed in the aircraft, so I gave the pilots a few GoPros and Google Glass...And they rocked it!

Not a surprise, they're used to wearing many hats.

"I'm a lawyer, all the Civil Air Patrol members are volunteer professionals, most of us have day jobs. We volunteer to help our community and country as auxiliary Air Force members," said Captain Matt Hamrick.

I'm Caroline Fountain, flying high with the U.S. Air Force. If you want to see an extended story on the Civil Air Patrol, visit and like my Facebook page: Caroline Fountain Fox 46.

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