Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit, humanitarian corporation established in 1941 and chartered by Congress in 1946. It is also the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Public Law 476 established Civil Air Patrol's objects and purposes as follows:
    "Provide an organization to encourage and aid American citizens in the contribution of their efforts, services, and resources in the development of aviation and in the maintenance of air supremacy, and to encourage and develop by example the voluntary contribution of private citizens to the public welfare. Provide aviation education and training especially to its senior and cadet members; to encourage and foster civil aviation in local communities and to provide an organization of private citizens with adequate facilities to assist in meeting local and national emergencies." Thus, the Civil Air Patrol's three primary missions are;

Cadet Programs

    CAP strives "To develop dynamic, young, American aerospace leaders." CAP Cadets learn aerospace, leadership, moral and ethical skills, and many other useful life skills in a military environment.

    Cadets have the opportunity to learn leadership through hands-on leadership opportunities by working up in rank. By actually leading fellow cadets toward a common goal, CAP cadets learn teamwork, planning, time management, and leadership skills. With these skills, cadets commonly move on to prestigious positions in the aerospace community, whether it be in the military or civilian world. If you have any questions email us at Kasler Squadron or find more information at the National Cadet Homepage !

Emergency Services

     Includes Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) Searches (searches for possibly downed aircraft), Missing Persons Searches, Disaster Relief, CAP Communications (CAP owns the most comprehensive communications network in the United States), and Counter-drug Operations.

      ELT's are standard equipment in aircraft today, and are designed to emit a distress signal when activated manually, or after experiencing a severe shock. When an ELT signal is detected, CAP is called to locate the aircraft, using direction finding equipment. By utilizing a team in the air and on the ground, CAP is able to locate an ELT in most any weather. CAP may also be called upon to locate overdue aircraft. We are responsible for 85% of inland searches in the United States.

    Natural disasters are known for their disruptive power when it comes to doing things that we take for granted in day to day life. In CAP we train to provide emergency medical supplies, aerial reconnaissance of affected areas, and communications services to authorities. In some cases, access may be limited to an affected area, making a CAP aircraft the only link to the outside world.

     In recent years, CAP has begun working with Federal authorities in providing aircraft and personnel to assist in the war against drugs. In one year, CAP counter-drug operations assisted in removing 2.4 billion dollars of illegal drugs off the streets of our communities. This represents $1,164 worth of illegal drugs removed for every $1 appropriated to Civil Air Patrol!

     CAP corporation owns and operates 530 light aircraft, our members own over 4700 mission qualified aircraft, flying approximately 130,000 hours per year, accident rate is 1.54 per 100,000 flying hours and that is five times safer than general aviation. If you have any questions email us at Kasler Squadron or find more information at the National Emergency Services Homepage !

Aerospace Education

    CAP provides education services, not only to it's own members, but members of the community as well. We accomplish this through flight clinics, seminars, and conferences, CAP also educates our communities about aerospace concepts. Providing cadets an excellent opportunity to learn all aspects of the aeronautical world around them, and to work toward scholarships and flight training. Usually a promotion within the ranks is dependent upon a cadet's aeronautical knowledge.

    CAP Senior members participate in proficiency flights, flight clinics, and work with cadets to further their skills and minds as aviation enthusiasts.  If you have any questions email us at Kasler Squadron or find more information at the National Aerospace Education Homepage !