About CAP

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its Airmen additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.


Historical Milestones

        1941:  CAP Established December 1st

        1943:  Transferred to War Department

        1946:  Incorporated (Public Law 476)

        1948:  Auxiliary of the United States Air Force (Public Law 557)

Civil Air Patrol Information Briefing


The Civil Air Patrol is part of the U. S. Air Force “Total Force.” In this video announcement made on August 28, 2015, our national commander, Major General Joe Vazquez talks about this significant change in Air Force doctrine.  We are Airmen.

2011 – 70th Anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol

If you have questions about the Mount Vernon Composite Squadron, please contact our Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Col. Mark PatrickClick here for information on the National Capital Wing.  Click here to find a squadron in your area.

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