Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and
ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power.
-- CAP Mission Statement
Civil Air Patrol, 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 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 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. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.
Civil Air Patrol's National Capital Wing conducts important missions in emergency services and civil support, aerospace education, and cadet programs in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland with more than 500 members assigned to 6 local squadrons
Start by finding a local squadron and visit during a regular weekly meeting. See our Local Squadrons page for a list of D.C. metro area squadrons. To learn more about the process, go to GoCivilAirPatrol.com.
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