Civil Air Patrol
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. 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 — in the air and on the ground.
As America’s Air Force auxiliary, CAP is comprised of 60,000 members to carry out three primary missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet programs. They are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.