What We Do
Civil Air Patrol is America’s premier public service organization for emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. As the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAP’s 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 60,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy, and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
“Volunteers Serving America’s Communities, Saving Lives, and Shaping Futures.”
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 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.
Civil Air Patrol’s award-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 CAP’s cadet program.
Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through a curriculum focusing 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 nation’s astronauts, pilots, engineers, and scientists first explored their careers through CAP.
As a composite squadron, the membership focus is on cadets, cadet sponsors/parents, and active adult members. Weekly meetings are mainly aimed at advancing cadets through the CAP Cadet Program. A separate meeting and training may be scheduled for active adult members as needed.
Commander: Capt. Roman Vitanza
When: Monday, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth Aviation Museum,
Unit Designation: TX-388
About Civil Air Patrol
Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 555 single-engine aircraft and 2,250 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 108 lives last year. CAP’s 58,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education resources. Members also serve as mentors to over 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.
One of the premier public service organizations in America, CAP benefits the nation with an estimated economic impact of $209 million annually.
Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional charter is outlined in Title 36, U.S.C., which defines the purposes of the corporation. In plain language, CAP’s purposes are:
► To encourage citizens to support aviation and be an example through volunteerism;
► To provide aviation training to its members;
► To promote the development of civil aviation in local communities;
► To rally its volunteers to respond to local and national emergencies; and
► To assist the Air Force with its non-combat programs and missions.
CAP Core Values
Civil Air Patrol’s core values establish the standards by which our members are expected to conduct themselves. They are:
Integrity – Volunteer Service – Excellence – Respect
Other important information about Civil Air Patrol to note include the:
CAP Mission Statement
Volunteers serving America's communities, saving lives, and shaping futures.
Semper Vigilans (always vigilant)