Mission: For more than 50 years, the Civil Air Patrol has aggressively performed the missions Congress mandated in 1946: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services.
Aerospace Education America's love of manned flight started with the Wright brothers and continues unabated during this century. World War II showcased the important role aviation would play in the future and national leaders recognized the importance of stimulating public interest in aerospace activities.
CAP, as the civilian Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, was most suited to perform this mission. Their efforts focused on two different audiences - internal CAP members and the general public.
Aerospace educators working out of CAP's National Headquarters at Maxwell AFB, Ala., provide materials that are current and reflect the highest standards of educational excellence.
The congressional charter also tasked CAP to stimulate public interest in aerospace issues. These external programs are primarily conducted through our nation's education systems.
These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology. Textbooks, learning tools, and visual aids geared to stimulate interest in aerospace matters also are provided for teachers to use in their classrooms.
Started in 1951, these workshops have reached hundreds of thousands of young people.
CAP also plans and executes the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education. NCASE is the premier aerospace education conference held in the nation. The NCASE is designed to promote an understanding of aviation and space education to motivate and encourage teachers to incorporate aerospace education into their curriculum. It also encourages aerospace leaders to speak out on aerospace issues facing our nation today.
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I am currently serving in this program and if I were to share all my great experiences, you'd be reading for hours. CAP has influenced my life in a big way, when I was only nine my parents divorced. Ever since then I never really felt any better, more tore to be honest. When I turned twelve I discovered CAP when I went to the airport. I had gone there to see some planes and I turns out they had an event going on. I looked in and a few minutes later, wanted to see more about how I could join CAP. I was intrigued by how efficient their system was, the opportunities that they gave. Now two year later, I am a C/CMSgt and I am not stopping. CAP had filled that deep void that was dragging me down! I made friend and had great experiences. CAP is a program that I think every kid should have available for them when they grow up.