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"Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth leadership development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power."
Civil Air Patrol Is congressionally chartered and operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Performs services for the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states/local communities as a non-profit organization. Includes eight geographic regions consisting of 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia). Has 1,500 squadrons and more than 61,000 volunteer youth and adult members nationwide. Consists of more than 8,000 aircrew members and 32,000 emergency responders trained to FEMA standards. Offers opportunities for members to serve communities, participate in leadership development training and acquire new skills that benefit personal and professional growth. Contributed $155 million in man-hours in 2012 by serving the disaster relief and emergency service needs of communities, states and the U.S. Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet. Flies more than 100,000 hours annually. Maintains a fleet of more than 950 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support. Provides 490 chaplains who minister to youth and adult members and help comfort survivors and victims of disasters.