Since Civil Air Patrol’s
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 — in the air and on
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 60,000 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 CAP’s cadet program.
Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and
cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding
members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining
its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.
communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground
services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber
Civil Air Patrol, America's Air Force auxiliary, building the nation's finest force of citizen volunteers serving America.
Integrity, Volunteerism, Excellence and Respect.