Our Beginnings

In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country.  As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Thousands of volunteer members answered America’s call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies.  On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization.  On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.  Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.

Our Missions for America

Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

CAP’s aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program. Aerospace educators at CAP’s National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence.

While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP’s cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP’s cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others.

National Member Count

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Senior Members
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Cadets

As of: 31 August 2018

 

FOR PATRIOTS AGES 12 AND UP, CIVIL AIR PATROL IS A VITAL
FORCE THAT PROTECTS AMERICANS IN NEED BY RESPONDING
TO EMERGENCIES, PRESERVES THE VALUES THAT MAKE OUR
COUNTRY GREAT BY DEVELOPING YOUNG LEADERS, AND
ENSURES OUR COUNTRY’S PREEMINENCE IN AEROSPACE
AND CYBERSPACE EDUCATION BY DEDICATING OURSELVES TO
TEACHING FUTURE GENERATIONS.

 

National Headquarters

Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
www.gocivilairpatrol.com
877-277-9142


California Wing

Van Nuys, California
www.cawgcap.org
818-989-8100

Squadron 121 Awards

Aerospace Education Excellence Award

  • 2012 – 2013
  • 2011 – 2012
  • 2010 – 2011

Quality Cadet Unit Award

  • 2013 – 2014
  • 2017 – 2018

National Squadron of Merit

  • 2017

National Cadet Competition Drill Team

  • 2001 – Outstanding Cadet Award

California Wing

  • 1989 – Composite Squadron of the Year

California Wing Cadet Drill Competition

  • 1969 – 1st Precision, 2nd I.D.R.
  • 1968 – 1st Precision

Veterans Day Parade, Military Youth

  • 1995 – 3rd Place
  • 1993 – 3rd Place
  • 1992 – 3rd Place
  • 1990 – 3rd Place
  • 1989 – 3rd Place
  • 1987 – 2nd Place
  • 1986 – 3rd Place
  • Unknown Year – 1st Place