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Welcome to DragonNEWS, the official news site of New Jersey Wing - The Birthplace of Civil Air Patrol!

Civil Air Patrol was founded in December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, by more than 150,000 citizens who were concerned about the defense of America‘s coastline. Under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than one-half million 
hours, were credited with sinking two enemy submarines and rescued hundreds of crash survivors during World War II.  New Jersey is the birthplace of Civil Air Patrol, as the organization's first missions were launch from "Coastal Patrol Base #1," located at Bader Field, just outside of Atlantic City, NJ.

On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation, and Congress passed Public Law 557 on May 26, 1948. CAP was charged with three primary missions – aerospace educationcadet programs and emergency services. With the passage of Public Law 106-398 in October 2000, Congress provided that "The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer civilian auxiliary of the Air Force when the services of the Civil Air Patrol are used by any department or agency in any branch of the federal government."

The Civil Air Patrol was founded at a time of national crisis, mobilizing civilian volunteers to defend the nation as in no time since the American Revolution. No wonder they were called “Flying Minutemen.”  In today’s post-9/11 worldit’s instructive to see how America — and America’s civilian pilots — answered the call to help defeat a foreign threat on America’s shores and coastal waters.  The story continues through the Cold War to more recent times in the same spirit of the CAP Subchasers of WWII.

Media interested in Civil Air Patrol New Jersey Wing should contact the NJ Wing public affairs staff at pao@njwg.cap.gov or call the NJ Wing Headquarters office at 609-754-8895.

Top Stories

  • New Jersey State Police CERT-OEM CERT Statewide Trailer Mobilization/ROAD-EO Static Display is a Great Success!On Saturday, October 15th, NJ Wing CERT members participated in the First ROAD-EO of it's kind ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2016, 9:46 AM by Amy Myzie
  • Ground Team Academy - 2016 NJ Wing Ground Team Academy was held 23-25 SEP 16 at Camp Glen Gray in Mahwah, NJ. Twenty four (24) students attended with 10 Staff members supporting the training ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 9:53 AM by Amy Myzie
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  • New Jersey Wing to Hold SAREX in Cape May - 6 NOV 16 NJ wing will be hosting a SAREX Sunday 6 NOV 16 based out of Cape May Sq HQ. Please come out and join us for training or practice. As ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2016, 8:23 PM by Unknown user
  • Corporate Learning Course NOQW Accepting Applications NJWG Professional Development is pleased to provide advance notification of a Corporate Learning Course (CLC) to be held at New Jersey Wing Headquarters, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  This is ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2016, 6:48 AM by Unknown user
  • Volunteer Magazine (JUL-SEP 2016 Issue) Now Available Click The Image Above to View the JUL-SEP 2016 Issue
    Posted Oct 18, 2016, 10:23 AM by Unknown user
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CAP Mission: 

Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of of air, space and cyber power.

CAP Vision:

Civil Air Patrol: the nation’s finest volunteer force of citizen professionals performing Missions for America

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Bldg 3412 Neely Road (Street Address)
Joint Base MDL, NJ 08641-6099