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Civil Air Patrol Open House

August 9 @ 6:00 pm

If you are interested in aviation, youth leadership or service to your country, then the United States Air Force Auxiliary is for you!
If you’re over the age of 12 and looking for a challenge, Civil Air Patrol has some incredible opportunities to offer, including leadership training, aerospace education, flying orientation, STEM education, summer activities, academic and flying scholarships, search and rescue training, and much more! Civil Air Patrol is one of America’s finest youth programs, and trains 25,000 cadets every year.

Meet our cadets and hear first-hand what it’s like to be a cadet. Join us for an informative introduction to the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. We’ll explain all the benefits of belonging to one of America’s finest youth programs, and educate everyone about how we provide services that they may use every day. Parents and teachers, please join us for this event as well. Air Force Auxiliary adult leaders will be on hand to answer your questions and tell you about opportunities for adults.

The origins of Civil Air Patrol’s story began in 1936, when Gill Robb Wilson, World War I aviator, returned from Germany convinced of impending war. Wilson envisioned mobilizing America’s civilian aviators for national defense. The proposal for a Civil Air Patrol was approved by the Commerce, Navy and War departments, and CAP was founded Dec. 1, 1941, less that a week before Pearl Harbor.

In January 1942, Germany U-boats started attacking the U.S. shipping lanes along the East Coast. By June, enemy attacks destroyed nearly 400 merchant vessels and oil tankers off the Atlantic coastline, often within sight of its shores. Civil Air Patrol was called into action by a short-handed military. Using privately owned airplanes, civilian volunteers became the eyes of the home skies, flying a total of 244,600 hours patrolling and safeguarding the Atlantic and Gulf coastlines.

Today’s Civil Air Patrol may look different, but its core remains the same. It continues to support America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power.

To learn more about CAP visit gocivilairpatrol.com.

Now celebrating its 80th year, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine Cessna aircraft and more than 2,100 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 130 lives during the past fiscal year.

CAP’s 56,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education resources. Members also serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

Category: Kids / Family

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


August 9
6:00 pm
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