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About The United States Air Force Auxiliary, 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. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize 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 when needed — in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 60,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

CAP In Hawaii

The Civil Air Patrol Hawaii Wing is represented by squadrons, pilots, aircraft, and cadets on the four major Islands (Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi). Working in harmony with local civil defense and emergency management agencies, CAP flies tsunami, hurricane, and tropical storm warning missions over the coastal areas and rain forests in addition to aerial damage and disaster assessment flights, search and rescue, and USGS Volcanoes National Observatory overflight of lava flow zones.

Mission/Vision Statement

Volunteers Serving America’s Communities, Saving Lives, and Shaping Futures.

Core Values

Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect.

Emergency services

The Civil Air Patrol provides emergency services, including search and rescue and disaster relief missions and assisting in humanitarian aid assignments across the state. The CAP also provides Air Force support through conducting light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. They also offer support on counter-drug missions with the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, etc. The Hawaii Wing performs tsunami and tropical cyclone warning missions on the ground as well as in the air mounting warning sirens on their Cessna's, as well as urban direction finding.

Cadet programs

The Civil Air Patrol offers cadet programs for youth aged 12 to 21, which includes a sixteen step program offering training in aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. The Hawaii Wing actively participates in many public events, often volunteering with the help of cadets inside the community.

Aerospace education

The Civil Air Patrol provides aerospace education by offering training to the members of the CAP, and offering workshops for youth throughout the nation through schools and public aviation events. Furthermore, cadets are offered 10 orientation flights throughout their career within CAP often flying Cessna's and Blanik gliding aircraft.

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