Who is the Civil Air Patrol?

Civil Air Patrol was conceived in the late 1930s by legendary New Jersey aviation advocate Gill Robb Wilson, who foresaw aviation's role in war and general aviation's potential to supplement America's military operations. With the help of New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, the new Civil Air Patrol was established on December 1, 1941, just days before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Today Civil Air Patrol builds strong citizens for the future by providing leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to young men and women, ages 12 to 21 for cadets and 18 and older for the instructors/ staff officers. Civil Air Patrol offers more than $200,000 in college scholarships each year, and about 10 percent of each year’s freshman class at the U.S. Air Force Academy is comprised of former CAP cadets. Thousands of young people have their first orientation flights through the cadet program, and hundreds have soloed in gliders and powered aircraft. Tens of thousands have attended CAP encampments throughout the nation. At a national encampment, CAP cadets gather from throughout the nation. They may learn techniques for search and rescue and disaster relief, along with leadership and followership skills. They may sample possible career choices by studying with a university engineering or technology department. They may learn teamwork and leadership through competitions in problem-solving and physical endurance. Cadets can enjoy overseas travel through the International Air Cadet Exchange, and CAP families can welcome foreign exchange students into their homes here in the states. For non-CAP members, the CAP School Program fills the gap between elementary school DARE and high school ROTC. CAP members, including cadets, volunteer their time in public schools teaching respect, manners and personal accountability in a drug-free environment.

Civil Air Patrol Vision

“America’s Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, building the nation’s finest force of citizen volunteers - performing Missions for America”

Civil Air Patrol Mission

“To serve America by performing Homeland Security and humanitarian missions for our communities, states, and nation; developing our country’s youth; and educating our citizens on the importance of air and space power.”


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1st Lt Robert Schwartz - Deputy Commander

Civil Air Patrol is The Auxiliary of The United States Air Force, building the Nation's finest force of citizen volunteers... Performing missions for America.

Civil Air Patrol has four main goals; Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, Emergency Services and Homeland Security. We work to develop leaders for tomorrow and to instill a sense of pride that comes along with the uniform we wear.

In order to be a member of CAP you must be 12 years through 21 years of age. After the age of 18 you can become a "CAP Officer".

Meetings are on Tuesday nights from 1900 hrs. (7:00 pm) until 2130 hrs. (9:30 pm) at the Waco Museum in Troy, Ohio, 1865 South County Rd 25A.

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  • CAP Form 15 - Cadet Membership Application
  • Form 60 - Emergency Medical Information - utilized at many activities as a quick reference for emergency medical info
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