Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is also a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide. In its Air Force Auxiliary role, Civil Air Patrol operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited with saving an average of 82 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, Civil Air Patrol plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for information.
Nearly 1,500 members serve in Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing. Last year, the Maryland Wing flew 13 search and rescue missions and a total of 32 missions for the State of Maryland, flying 2,245 hours in all mission categories, and was credited with four finds. Maryland youth aged 12 to 20 hone their leadership skills, study STEM topics, and build physical fitness as participants in the wing's cadet program. The wing also provides aerospace education opportunities for members and the broader community. For information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.