We enjoy a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades. 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. (Source: Civil Air Patrol)

12 December 2011

ES News Flash

For those of you that attended the meeting on 12/6, you'll recall that Major Schmidt had covered all of the essential information required to pass the 116 which leads you to obtaining your CAP 101 Card. By holding the 101, you'll be able to participate in SAREX activities (for the newer cadets, SAREX means Search and Rescue Exercises) and you'll have received your GES qualifications. This is the first step in participating in actual SAR activities. It's simple...the only requirements include passing the 116 test (which can be found in eServices) and holding the Curry award (cadets completing the task to hold C/Amn grade). So...head to eServices and become qualified today. Also, there is a SAREX this weekend (Dec 17th). Just think...if you had your 101...


  1. FYI: Seniors need to complete Level 1 and pass the 116 to hold the GES qualifications. All members must be up-to-date with Safety.

    I recently ran a report in eServices and noticed that nobody has taken the 116 test since October 2011.

  2. The SAREX for 17 DEC 11 has been cancelled. The new tentative date is 21 JAN 12. More to come...


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