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Civil Air Patrol History

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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.

Civil Air Patrol: A Proud Legacy Continues

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Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community
that spans decades.

The first Civil Air Patrol members of 1941 were a heroic breed, men and women who served
their country by sinking or chasing away German submarines off America's East and Gulf
coasts. As a result of their bravery, patriotism and tenacity, CAP subchasers effectively thwarted
German U-boat attacks and, in the process, saved countless lives.

Today, CAP handles 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75
lives saved each year. Our members are generally the first on the scene transmitting satellite
digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and providing disaster relief and
emergency services following natural and manmade disasters, including such phenomena as 9/
11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the south and central U.S.,
North Dakota flash flooding and the October 2006 earthquake in Hawaii, as well as humanitarian
missions along the U.S. and Mexican border.

In addition, CAP members are dedicated to counterdrug reconnaissance and to teaching a new
generation about aerospace and its impact on our future. And our cadet programs ensure our
youth receive some of the finest leadership training the nation has to offer.

Unlike our founding CAP fathers, many of whom flew their own airplanes and performed life-
threatening missions without any formal training, our more than 60,000 members are now
provided with top-notch, year-round professional development training opportunities and with
aircraft equipped with the most advanced technologies available for search and rescue.

Indeed, Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact each and every day, going above and beyond to
make a profound difference in America's communities. As a vigilant CAP volunteer, you save
lives and preserve liberty for all. Thank you for your service.

Semper vigilans!

Brian Thompson, Maj.
Commander Mid Rivers Senior Squadron

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