CAP Missions

AEROSPACE EDUCATION:

This mission focuses on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program. CAP's external aerospace education programs are conducted through our nation's educational system. Each year, CAP sponsors more than 100 workshops in colleges and universities across the nation, reaching more than 3,000 educators and thereby hundreds of thousands of young people. These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology. CAP's aerospace education members receive free teaching aids, as well as lesson plans and other classroom materials.

CADET PROGRAMS:

Among the many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's is unique in that it has aviation as a cornerstone. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness, and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships as well as flight scholarships. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (Airman First Class) rather than E1 (Airman Basic). The Coast Guard also offers this advanced promotion to E-3 and the other Armed Services accept credit on a case-by-case basis. Whatever your interests - survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy - there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional, and national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program (IACE). Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

EMERGENCY SERVICES:

Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency services and operational missions:

•SEARCH AND RESCUE - Perhaps best known for its search and rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 90% of all federal inland search and rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Nearly 100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

•DISASTER RELIEF - Another important service CAP performs is disaster relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state, and national disaster relief organizations.

•HUMANITARIAN SERVICES - CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and the U.S. Coast Guard. CAP flies humanitarian missions - usually in support of the Red Cross - transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

•AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY - During emergencies, aerial photography can help in planning rescue and relief efforts. Getting a birds eye view will help get personnel and equipment where they belong faster and more efficiently. (See examples below)

AIR OPERATIONS:

Assigned to the our squadron is a Cessna 182T used to support emergency services and operational missions which includes:

•AIR FORCE SUPPORT - It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, Communications support and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search and rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions.

•COUNTERDRUG - CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.