Welcome to Civil Air Patrol's National Capital Wing

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


    Civil Air Patrol's National Capital Wing conducts important missions in emergency services and civil support, aerospace education, and cadet programs in the Washington, D.C., area with more than 400 members assigned to 6 local squadrons.

    Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered by Congress with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. In our Air Force auxiliary role, we perform 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. Our unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Our members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for over 70 years, CAP will soon receive the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the heroic efforts of our 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