We Support Civil Air Patrol...

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by Scott Campbell   [ updated Sep 4, 2013, 5:26 PM ]

Civil Air Patrol was founded as a non-profit service organization by an act of Congress on December 1, 1941.  That was just 6 days before the attach upon Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War II.  At that time, CAP's mission focused on volunteers serving their country by logging more than 500,000 hours monitoring the shores, saving hundreds of crash victims, and  engaging German submarines -- two of which were actually sunk.

Since that time, CAP's modern missions have evolved to include:
  • Operations
    • We actively participate in over 85% of domestic air search and rescue in the continental U.S. and are credited with hundreds of finds and saved lives annually.
    • We respond to natural disasters performing aerial photography of the damaged areas and relaying that information to the decision-makers.
    • Our ground teams assist with the organization and relief efforts when trouble strikes.
  • Cadet Programs
    • We have an active step-wise leadership program for young people from 12-18.
    • The program guides them through followership to direct leadership to indirect leadership, and finally executive leadership.
  • Aerospace Education
    • As the official Auxillary to the US Air Force, our role within the squadron is to promote the study of aviation and space through activities and classroom training.
    • We also have a role to play in the community by providing educational opportunities a local fairs and by visit schools and doing interactive activities with the students.