Civilian Air Patrol Members across the United States and in overseas squadrons celebrate the organization’s commitment to community service today—a commitment that began on December 1, 1941, and has continued for 80 years.
More than 56,000 members, both youth and adult members, volunteer their time and talent to perform essential emergency services, advance space science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and deliver youth programs that build character, enhance physical and mental fitness, and shape the leaders of tomorrow.
“Members of the Civil Air Patrol draw our strength from 80 years of our history,” he said. Pioneer. The general. edward de vilca, the national leader and CEO of CAP. “On this important anniversary, today’s volunteers take great pride in continuing the important work our predecessors did. Just as we did in the early years of CAP, volunteers continue to perform missions vital to America, including homeland security, training youth, advancing science and technology, and more. A lot. Our proud past is a launching pad for us to rocket into the future.”
The Civil Aviation Patrol was established in December 1941, one week before the United States entered World War II. Since then, its mission has evolved over the past eight decades to meet the ever-changing needs of America’s communities through life-saving advanced technology and world-class programs in youth development and education.
As the operator of the world’s largest fleet of single-engine aircraft, CAP also serves as the official assistant to the US Air Force to perform emergency services missions as designated, including conducting search and rescue missions; Supporting local, state, and federal agencies after natural disasters; provide pandemic relief; Participate in joint exercises. and more.
In 2015, the Civil Aviation Patrol became a partner of Total Air Force in a non-combat role, complementing the joint efforts of the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, And Air National Guard To preserve life and alleviate suffering.
“Congratulations, happy anniversary, Civil Aviation Patrol. It is a pleasure to be here with you, and to work with you as a partner every day” Brigadier General. General William D. Batesvice order First Air Force and the Air Force Northern Command, which has promoted the organization’s ability to always adapt so that its members remain mission-ready.
“Some of the technologies used in emergency services missions today haven’t been around for decades – GPS, forward-looking infrared, 3D scanning capabilities, digital imaging, cellular forensics and more have changed the way CAP works and the results are impressive. Saving more lives, preserving property, and relieving human suffering in ways unimaginable decades ago. That’s what makes CAP an invaluable partner in Total Force. Investing in dollars and saving lives is a hallmark of CAP.”
Civil Aviation Patrol educational programs span youth from grades K-12 with science-based aviation and space education curricula, interactive STEM kits, and career exploration. Volunteer University, the organization’s center of excellence for adult education, provides online, on-site and on-demand opportunities for adult members to hone existing skills and learn new skills to help create an effective and highly trained volunteer workforce.
CAP Student Programs ages 12-18 focus on developing good, community-minded service leaders by integrating education, enhancing physical fitness, increasing confidence, and more. The Civil Air Patrol is also helping to address a looming shortage of national pilots with innovative programs like Cadet Wings, which offers scholarships to train military cadets age 17 and older to be private pilots — an opportunity that could change the course of young people’s lives.
The Civil Aviation Patrol today looks different than it did 80 years ago, but at its core the organization remains the same – working in purposeful ways that meet the needs of the nation in ways no other organization can match.
“You should all be proud of the work you do as selfless volunteers serving American communities, saving lives, and shaping the future,” Bates said. “You should be equally proud and grateful for the work done by those who have preceded you, to get us this far, and to prepare a Civilian Air Patrol for 80 years.”