Civil Air Patrol Day at the Capitol was a great day to raise awareness for an outstanding organization.
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. It’s a nonprofit organization founded December 1, 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, by more than 150,000 citizens who were concerned about the defense of America’s coastline. Maj. Gen. John F. Curry was the first CAP national commander, and today as a cadet tests for his/her very first achievement as Cadet Airman, he/she is administered the Curry Achievement. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation, and Congress passed Public Law 557 on May 26, 1948, making CAP the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.
CAP was charged with three primary missions:
The Cadet Program is open to anyone between the ages of 12-18 years old. Some cadets who join CAP do not pursue an armed forces career, but do gain invaluable leadership skills, make friendships, and have a whole lot of fun in the process.
Click here to find a CAP unit in your state.
And if you’d like to see a past post with some great pictures and highlights of my children with Valkyrie Cadet Squadron, please read: Civil Air Patrol…The Best Kept Secret of the U.S. Air Force!
Valkyrie Cadet Squadron Color Guard