About Us

Civil Air Patrol (or CAP), the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program.Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.

CAP has been in existence since December 1941, created only days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Our CAP History page will provide a brief overview of our organization’s history.

Squadrons and their members form the backbone of CAP. The Our Squadron page will provide a brief introduction to how a squadron is organized, and outline some of the jobs performed by our members. More specific information about the many volunteer opportunities available to members is provided on pages listed under the Get Involved! link.

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