Civil Air Patrol - U.S. Air Force
Published February 11, 2015
Civil Air Patrol – U.S. Air Force is headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, 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 serves as the Air Force program office for the cooperative agreement between CAP and the Air Force. The CAP-USAF commander is the program manager, responsible for oversight of all appropriated funds transferred to Civil Air Patrol and validating CAP’s performance under the cooperative agreement. To achieve this, CAP-USAF partners with CAP to ensure successful mission accomplishment by advocating for CAP at all levels of the Air Force while also providing advice and support to CAP field operations, to include Homeland Defense, Homeland Security and Search and Rescue.
HQ CAP-USAF Organization
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 collocated with each of CAP’s eight geographic regions. CAP-USAF’s total active component, including all regions, is 59 members assigned to 25 locations across the country. Category B and E Air Force Reserve members complement the CAP-USAF team with approximately 142 assigned and attached members. The CAP Reserve Assistance Program is the largest Air Force Reserve program in Air Combat Command.
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.
CAP Mission Statement
CAP’s mission is supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air space and cyber power.
CAP conducts nearly 90% 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 Air Force ROTC and Air Force JROTC cadets.
CAP has more than 37,000 adult members and more than 27,000 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, 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.