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)

30 November 2012

Happy 71st Anniversary CAP !

A note from the National Commander...

Dear CAP Officers, NCOs and Cadets,

Congratulations to the members of Civil Air Patrol on the occasion of our 71st anniversary. CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Members of CAP’s Coastal Patrol quickly proved their worth during the war by conducting aerial patrols that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks on shipping in American waterways.

At this time of the year, we are always reminded of the sacrifices of these early CAP pioneers, whose extraordinary contributions to America represent CAP’s proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community. That legacy still thrives today through each of you, the more than 61,000 citizen volunteers of Civil Air Patrol.

Over the past seven-plus decades, CAP has evolved into a world-class public service organization of everyday heroes – pilots, technology experts, communicators, chaplains, teachers, youth mentors and others – who provide emergency services, search and rescue, aerospace education and youth programs. You make a profound difference in your communities, helping save lives and mentoring the next generation of America’s leaders.

Thank you for your contributions to CAP’s 71 years of service.

Always vigilant!

Major General, CAP
National Commandeer

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