Civil Air Patrol – U.S. Air Force is headquartered at CAP-USAF/IMR, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. CAP-USAF is responsible for ensuring that Civil Air Patrol is organized, trained, and equipped to fulfill Air Force-assigned missions. CAP-USAF provides day-to-day support, advice and liaison to CAP and provides oversight for CAP programs, with particular emphasis on safety and programmatic requirements. CAP-USAF personnel are the primary functional interface between other federal agencies and CAP.
For more than 70 years, CAP-USAF has provided guidance, assistance, and oversight to CAP organizations nationwide, ensuring they are organized, trained and equipped to perform their mission of homeland security, disaster response, citizen development and aerospace education.
CAP-USAF provides assistance and oversight on search and rescue, disaster relief, and other emergencies and contingencies nationwide. CAP-USAF serves as the Air Force program office for the cooperative agreement and statement of work and provides primary functional interface between other federal agencies and CAP. The commander of CAP-USAF is the program manager for appropriated funds used by CAP. CAP-USAF members make up the only active duty flying unit at Maxwell AFB and are the sole operational unit in Air University.
Headquarters CAP-USAF is staffed with 19 active-duty military and civil service members. Forward presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico is made possible by a CAP-USAF detachment in eight geographic regions. CAP-USAF’s total active component, including all regions, is 74 members. These members are assigned to 25 locations across the country. Air Force Reserve members complement the CAP-USAF team with approximately 115 attached members. The CAP Reserve Assistance Program is the largest Air Force Reserve program in Air Education and Training Command.
HQ CAP-USAF Organization
The inspector general’s primary role is to assist in resolving personal complaints based on an alleged wrongdoing or injustice. The IG is also responsible for the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program, congressional inquiry responses, investigating claims of improper mental health evaluations and the self-inspection program for Headquarters CAP-USAF.
In addition to fulfilling CAP-USAF's oversight charge, the IG inspects CAP units. Each state, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have CAP wings. Each wing must be inspected every four years. The IG is the lead office for these inspections.
The chief legal advisor to CAP-USAF provides legal advice to the commander, CAP-USAF. Because of the unique relationship between CAP-USAF and CAP, the legal advisor must be well-versed in grants and agreements laws and Titles 5, 10 and 36 of the United States Code.
The operations directorate is made up of the director of operations, the chief of standardization and evaluation, two airlift validators and a liaison officer to the commander, Air Forces Northern and 1st Air Force at Tyndall AFB, Florida.
The director of operations leads the HQ CAP-USAF Operations, Stan/Eval and Airlift Operations sections. The DO supervises CAP nationwide flight operations, to include Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; oversees CAP mission execution and operations with a fleet of approximately 550 powered aircraft, 53 gliders and more than 940 vehicles; ensures compliance with statement of work governing homeland security, search and rescue, drug interdiction and disaster relief missions for DoD, federal, state and local agencies; supervises training and operations for Air Force active duty and civil service pilots nationwide. Maintains Evaluator Pilot qualification.
The chief of standardization and evaluation directs the nationwide standardization and evaluation program for CAP-USAF flight operations. The chief is responsible for training and evaluation of Air Force active duty and civil service pilots flying contract light aircraft; develops operations guidance and establishes training and currency requirements; provides advice, liaison, and oversight for the Air Force auxiliary's flight operations; assists in the development of evaluation programs for CAP's search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions; and maintains evaluator pilot qualification.
The airlift validators coordinate airlift requirements and support for Air University, the Jeanne M. Holm Center, and CAP. They schedule required airlift with United States Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the National Guard Bureau; establish priorities for airlift requirements using DoD criteria; consult with headquarters Air Force to procure expanded travel authorizations for CAP members on Air Force aircraft; and processes landing permits to allow CAP aircraft to use Air Force, Army and Navy installations.
The liaison officer at Tyndall AFB, Florida, serves as a senior advisor/analyst performing liaison support assignments for commander, CAP-USAF to the commander, 1st AF/AFNORTH. The officer provides advice to 1 AF/AFNORTH commander, senior leaders and staff on issues of homeland defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities; ensures 1st AF/AFNORTH and CAP-USAF commanders’ intent are synchronized through detailed interaction in key areas, to include but not limited to Air Force Auxiliary structure, CAP-USAF initiatives, and contingency operational requirements; programming and budgeting information, and analysis. The officer attends senior-level meetings, to include daily operations directorate staff, bi-weekly Combined Air Operations Center Air Tasking Order Approval, and periodic commander staff/senior battle staff meetings. The officer assists in drafting and implements policy and guidance affecting CAP-USAF and the Air Force Auxiliary with the goal of ensuring mission success; provides CAP-USAF senior staff situational awareness updates on 1st AF's mission, strategic objectives and on-going issues. The officer is CAP-USAF’s single point of contact for 1st AF and a source of 1st AF and CAOC corporate knowledge. Liaison duties also include maintaining situational awareness and operational knowledge in all 1st AF-related homeland defense and DSCA mission areas.
The director of safety is the primary contact point for aviation and ground safety matters and advises the CAP-USAF commander. The director also serves as the primary liaison between CAP, federal agencies and the Air Force regarding ground and flight safety. As the primary point of contact for Air Force safety matters, the director directs, monitors, and coordinates all flight, explosive, and ground safety duties for 74 active duty military and civilian personnel and 115 reservists assigned to Headquarters CAP-USAF and eight geographically separated liaison regions. With regards to CAP, the director advises and provides oversight to the CAP safety program encompassing more than 60,000 members, 8,000 aircrew, 940 vehicles, and 550 aircraft. The safety officer provides expertise for the safe execution of an 110,000-flying-hour annual program nationwide. When requested, the director provides expertise as a party to National Transportation Safety Board aircraft accident investigations involving CAP. Furthermore, the safety officer evaluates risk management practices and develops safety related management procedures for CAP’s homeland security, search and rescue, disaster relief and counterdrug missions.
The financial management office consists of the director of financial management, a financial budget analyst and two financial management analysts.
The director is the senior financial advisor to the commander, CAP-USAF and leads Headquarters CAP-USAF financial operations. The director oversees CAP and CAP-USAF financial operations from the headquarters’ level. The director is responsible for timely and accurate analysis of all planning, programming, and budget execution and provides day-to-day advice, liaison, and oversight of the cooperative agreement between the Air Force and CAP.
The budget analyst is responsible for monitoring and overseeing funds added to the cooperative agreement between CAP and the Air Force. These funds are coordinated through the grants officers at Air University and Air Education and Training Command. The analyst is responsible for ensuring customer funds (Department of Defense and federal agencies) are properly added to the cooperative agreement. The analyst is the financial liaison between CAP and all federal agencies.
The financial management analysts are the lead analysts for CAP-USAF Operations and Maintenance funding and are responsible for monitoring the execution of funds for headquarters and its eight liaison regions. The analysts manage the Government Travel Card Program, the Government Purchase Card Program, General Services Administration vehicle leases, and miscellaneous contracts.
The director of logistics is responsible for supply and equipment accountability for CAP-USAF and oversees CAP’s logistics program and major acquisitions. The director is responsible for conducting logistics audits of CAP units to ensure proper accountability of appropriated funded and government furnished equipment.
The information management team performs a full-spectrum of personnel actions for CAP-USAF members, including promotion boards, reassignments, evaluations and awards and decorations for active duty and Reserve members. The team also provides complete support to CAP-USAF’s reservists from accessions and readiness to man-day support and retirement processing. The team is also responsible for records management and publications and ensuring the health of CAP-USAF’s information technology resources.
Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol is a congressionally chartered, federally supported, non-profit corporation that serves as the official auxiliary of the U. S. Air Force when performing Air Force assigned missions.
The Civil Air Patrol performs three main functions: emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
CAP conducts nearly 90 percent of the inland search and rescue missions authorized by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, Florida. CAP flies a wide range of other operations daily, including aerial reconnaissance missions for the Drug Enforcement Administration, supporting counterdrug operations. They also execute aerial target missions to maintain combat readiness of air defense assets, conduct special-use airspace surveys and fly orientation flights for AFROTC and AFJROTC cadets.
CAP has more than 34,000 adult members and more than 26,000 cadets in more than 1,500 units, with an organizational pattern and rank structure similar to that of the Air Force. CAP has eight geographical regions composed of 52 wings, one for each state and Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Wings are divided into groups, squadrons and flights. The CAP national headquarters is collocated with the CAP-USAF headquarters at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
(Current as of March 2016)