Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron, NER-NY-153

Civil Air Patrol - The official auxiliary of the United States Air Force

About Civil Air Patrol

WHO WE ARE


About CAP
Since Civil Air Patrolís formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed ó in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAPís cadet program.
Civil Air Patrolís missions for America are many, and todayís adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members ó preserving CAPís 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.
 
Mission Statement
Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. 

Vision Statement
Civil Air Patrol, America's Air Force auxiliary, building the nation's finest force of citizen volunteers serving America.

Core Values
Integrity, Volunteerism, Excellence and Respect.

The History of Civil Air Patrol

HISTORY OF CIVIL AIR PATROL

Origins/1936-1941
The origins of Civil Air Patrol date to 1936, when Gill Robb Wilson, World War I aviator and New Jersey director of aeronautics, returned from Germany convinced of impending war. Wilson envisioned mobilizing Americaís civilian aviators for national defense, an idea shared by others.

In Ohio, Milton Knight, a pilot and businessman, organized and incorporated the Civilian Air Reserve (CAR) in 1938. Other military-styled civilian aviation units emerged nationwide, training for homeland defense.

 In 1941, Wilson launched his perfected program: the Civil Air Defense Services (CADS). That summer, tasked by Fiorello H. LaGuardia (New York mayor and director of the federal Office of Civilian Defense and also a World War I aviator), Wilson, publisher Thomas H. Beck and newspaperman Guy P. Gannett proposed Wilsonís CADS program as a model for organizing the nationís civilian aviation resources.

Their proposal for a Civil Air Patrol was approved by the Commerce, Navy, and War departments in November, and CAP national headquarters opened its doors on Dec. 1, under the direction of national commander Maj. Gen. John F. Curry. Existing CADS, CAR and other flying units soon merged under the CAP banner. Public announcement of CAP and national recruiting commenced on Dec. 8.

World War II and Postwar/1941-1948
In January 1942, German submarines began attacking merchant vessels along the East Coast. With the military unable to respond in force, CAP established coastal patrol flights to deter, report and prevent enemy operations.

From March 1942 through August 1943, armed CAP aircraft at 21 coastal patrol bases extending from Maine to the Mexican border patrolled the waters off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Their success in thwarting submarine attacks and safeguarding shipping lanes led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue Executive Order 9339 on April 29, 1943, transferring CAP from the Office of Civilian Defense to the Department of War.

 At its establishment, CAP made no provision for the participation of youth. On Oct. 1, 1942, CAP leaders issued a memorandum creating the CAP Cadet Program for boys and girls ages 15 to 18. The cadet program proved to be a powerful force for imparting practical skills and preparing teenagers for the military and other wartime service agencies.

CAPís male and female volunteers engaged in an array of wartime missions. These included aircraft warning, southern liaison patrol duty along the Mexican border, courier service, missing aircraft searches, disaster relief, tow target and tracking operations, forest patrols and many others.

CAPís wartime record ensured its postwar future. On July 1, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 79-476, incorporating the organization. Following the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate branch of the armed services, Truman signed Public Law 80-557, establishing CAP as the Air Forceís civilian auxiliary on May 26, 1948.

Cold War/1950-1975
Post-World War II, CAP focused its efforts on three core missions Ė Cadet Program, Emergency Services and Aerospace Education. In 1948, CAP began participating in the International Air Cadet Exchange, and in 1949 it introduced its first aerospace education literature for use by CAP units or school teachers.

When the first cadets entered the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1955, 10 percent were former CAP members. As the Cold War crystallized in the 1950s, CAP closely aligned with the Air Force and civil defense organizations. CAP search and rescue missions became routine, and civil defense officials used CAP radio networks to coordinate relief efforts during natural disasters.

CAP assisted in training the Air Forceís Ground Observer Corps, conducted aerial radiological monitoring of nuclear fallout and participated in Operation MOONWATCH by optically tracking artificial satellites. The 1973 law making Emergency Locator Transmitters mandatory in aircraft vastly expanded CAPís search and rescue capabilities.

In 1975, for the first time, a civilian volunteer became CAPís national commander, signaling a shift in the CAP-Air Force relationship.

Evolving Missions/1976-2000
The latter half of the Cold War witnessed the further expansion of CAP roles and capabilities. In 1979, CAP began flying Military Training Route surveys for the Strategic Air Command and the Tactical Air Command. A 1985 agreement with the U.S. Customs Service saw CAP conducting counterdrug reconnaissance missions for law enforcement.

CAP once again began delivering parts for the Air Force and flew human tissue and organ transplant missions with the American Red Cross. The Federal Emergency Management Agency worked with CAP during and after a slew of disasters: the Exxon Valdez oil spill; hurricanes Hugo, Andrew, and Floyd; and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Modernized equipment, including GPS navigation, internet-based communications and handheld two-way radios improved coordination with federal authorities and search and rescue performance.

The final decades of the 20th century brought key changes to CAP, including a corporate-owned fleet of aircraft and vehicles.














New Millennium/2001-Now
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, ushered CAP into a new era of homeland defense. The following day, a CAP Cessna 172, the only nonmilitary aircraft allowed in the nationís airspace, provided emergency management officials the first high-resolution images of the World Trade Center site. Nationwide, CAP volunteers transported blood and medical supplies, provided communication and transportation support and assisted state and federal officials.

With increased federal funding and creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CAP received new technologies for its emergency services, including hyperspectral imaging, improved airborne communication, forward-looking infrared systems, GPS-equipped glass cockpit avionics and geospatial information interoperability. CAP aircrews train alongside government officials and military personnel in air defense intercept missions, communication exercises and cybersecurity and even simulate unmanned aircraft to provide imagery training support for deploying forces.

On May 30, 2014, President Barack H. Obama signed legislation into law awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the approximately 200,000 World War II members of CAP. The medal is the countryís highest expression of appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. On Dec. 10, 2014, Speaker of the House John Boehner presented the medal to CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Joseph R. Vazquez and former U.S. Rep. Lester L. Wolff, himself a wartime member of the New York Wing.

This medal commemorates the organizationís unusual contributions in World War II. On its obverse, Stinson Voyager 10A aircraft armed with demolition bombs escort an oil tanker. The aircraft in the foreground has the coastal patrol roundel and the number ď65,Ē representing the CAP members killed during the war. To the left, two civilian volunteers, a male coastal patrol observer and a female pilot, both vigilantly scan the sky.

On Aug. 28, 2015, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff, announced CAP officially a member of the U.S. Air Forceís Total Force, joining the regular, guard and reserve forces as American airmen. CAPís work in response to hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other emergencies has continued to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness and potential of dedicated volunteers who embody the CAP motto: Semper Vigilans . . . Always Vigilant.

 

What We Do

CIVIL AIR PATROL'S THREE PRIMARY MISSIONS

What We Do

Civil Air Patrol is Americaís premier public service organization for carrying out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. As the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAPís vigilant citizen volunteers are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 58,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders through CAPís cadet program.

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

 

Emergency Services

Always prepared, both in the air and on the ground, members of the Civil Air Patrol perform emergency services for state and local agencies as well as the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization. Ever vigilant, these true patriots make a difference in their communities, not only to assist in times of disaster but also to search for the lost and protect the homeland. 

Aerospace Education

Civil Air Patrolís awarding-winning aerospace education program promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM-related careers with engaging, standards-based, hands-on curriculum and activities. It shapes the experiences and aspirations of youth both in and outside of CAPís cadet program.

Cadet Programs

Civil Air Patrolís cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. As cadets participate in these four elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way. Many of the nationís astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through CAP.

GOVERNANCE

CIVIL AIR PATROL BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Eleven distinguished members make up Civil Air Patrolís Board of Governors. They are leaders in their own right, drawn from the ranks of CAP volunteers ó who have careers in a cross-section of Americaís workforce ó along with U.S. Air Force officers and civilians involved in the fields of education, aviation and emergency management. These board members move the organization forward through collective decision-making, which generates strategic policies, plans and programs designed to guide CAP both today and tomorrow. They are assisted by the national commander, who serves as Civil Air Patrolís chief executive officer, as well as the organizationís chief operating officer and the CAP-U.S. Air Force commander, who act as advisors.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Members of Civil Air Patrolís Board of Governors include, sitting from left, CAP Col. Jayson Altieri, vice chair; retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Judy Fedder, chair; CAP Col. Dale Newell; standing, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Sandy Finan, Stacy Bechdolt, CAP Lt. Col. Tom Vreeland, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Teresa Marnť Peterson, Robert Corsi and CAP Col. Brad Lynn.

 

AIR FORCE APPOINTED MEMBERS
Lt Gen Judith Fedder, USAF (Ret.)
Chair

Mr. Robert E. Corsi, Jr.

Maj Gen Sandra Finan, USAF (Ret.)

Brig Gen Kenneth P. Ekman
 

CAP APPOINTED MEMBERS
Col Jayson Altieri, CAP
Vice Chair

Col J. Bradford Lynn, CAP
Member-at-Large

Lt Col Thomas Vreeland, CAP
Member-at-Large

Col Dale Newell, CAP
Member-at-Large


INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT & EDUCATION APPOINTED MEMBERS
Mr. George Perry
United Parcel Service

Maj Gen Teresa Marnť Peterson, USAF (Ret.)
Board of Directors, 
National Order of Daedalians

Ms. Stacey Bechdolt
Vice President, Safety & Operations and Regulatory Counsel,
Regional Airline Association


ADVISORS TO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Maj Gen Mark E. Smith, CAP
CAP Chief Executive Officer

Col Michael Tyynismaa, USAF
CAP-USAF Commander


EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Mr. John Salvador
CAP Chief Operating Officer

CAP NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

CAP Leadership

Major General Mark E. Smith, National Commander

Brigadier General Edward D. Phelka, National Vice Commander

Colonel Arlinda C. Bailey, National Executive Officer

Lt. Col. Richard B. Mulanax, National Historian

Colonel Cheryl Fielitz-Scarbrough, National Inspector General

Lieutenant Colonel John A. Maxfield, Chief of the Legal Officer Corps

Chief Master Sergeant Dennis H. Orcutt, Jr., Command Chief

Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Sattgast, Chief of the Chaplain Corps

Mr. John A. Salvador, Chief Operating Officer

CADET PROTECTION

CAP is a safe, positive environment that uses an age-appropriate, military-style learning model to challenge young people. While cadet life is regimented, we do not tolerate any form of abusive behavior or hazing.
 

Five Pillars of CAPís Cadet Protection Strategy

Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our Cadet Protection Policy stands upon five pillars:

1. Screening of prospective adult volunteers, with an in-person interview at the unit and a criminal background check using fingerprints

2. Standards of Practice, with two-deep adult leadership as the key standard

3. Monitoring of local practices by leaders, adult volunteers, and cadets

4. Reporting of reasonable suspicions of abuse

5. Training, with the Cadet Protection Basic and Advanced courses for adults, and an age-appropriate Wingman course for cadets
 

Cadet Protection Highlights

  • Every CAP adult leader has been fingerprinted and passed a criminal background check.

  • Every CAP adult leader has been trained in how to mentor youth in a positive way.

  • Every CAP activity (with a few, rare exceptions) will be supervised by at least two CAP adult leaders.

  • We structure our activities so that opportunities for isolated, one-on-one contact between adult volunteers and cadets are minimized.

  • Local squadrons announce cadet activities via a web calendar, so families can know what events are upcoming.

  • Families will be given written information each time a special activity is held, and parents will be asked to sign a permission slip.

  • If an adult leader is transporting a cadet, at least one other person will be in the vehicle.

  • While older, experienced cadets act as servant-leaders over younger, newcomer cadets, they always do so under adult supervision.

  • Each cadet has a ďwingmanĒ for peer-to-peer support and safety.

  • We teach cadets to look out for their wingmanís safety and we tell cadets that if they think inappropriate behavior is occurring, they are to tell any trusted adult, without fear of retaliation.

If You Have Questions or Concerns

We want parents and guardians to know that they can contact CAP adult leaders if they have questions or concerns about cadets' physical safety, training methods, hazing, or any topic relating to the cadets' well-being. CAP wants to hear from parents and work with them, adult-to-adult, to keep cadets safe.

  • Locally, the squadron commander or deputy commander is the best person to approach with a question or concern. You can obtain their contact information by having your cadet log-in to eServices on the top of this page. Better still, stop by the next squadron meeting to speak face-to-face.

  • If you believe local leaders are causing a problem, the wing (state) director of cadet programs can assist. The DCP is a potential mediator if local leaders are not resolving concerns to your satisfaction.

  • National staff is also available to help at cadets@capnhq.gov or via phone at 877-227-9142 x410.

     

Testimonial

ďIím a detective who specializes in crimes against children. CAPís safety training is well-researched and put together. The issues of grooming and how it takes place are spot on. Iím proud of how seriously CAP takes this issue.Ē


- Capt Jim Schilling, CAP
Minnesota

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