As the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAP’s vigilant citizen volunteers are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 58,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
Each year Civil Air Patrol provides more than 85% of inland search and rescue support as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley AFB, VA.
In addition, CAP volunteers repeatedly respond to calls from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross when disaster strikes in the form floods, hurricanes, forest fires or other disasters, natural and man-made.
Equally important is the work we do with the youth of America. Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs provides young men and women, ages 12-21, with a safe and motivating environment in which to grow and explore opportunities in the military and aviation industries. CAP presents an alternative life style to drugs and teenage violence, thus giving thousands of young people the opportunity to embrace the leadership roles of the 21st century with confidence and determination. Thunderbird Squadron has a long tradition of excellence in Texas and nationally.