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.
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 was a CAP Cadet in the Clarksburg Squadron in 1957-1959. I give the Civil Air Patrol the credit for getting me on the right track as a teenager. My grades in school was poor and I had interest in nothing. I knew that I wanted to go into the Air Force upon graduation from Bridgeport High School. The Air Force recruiter in Clarksburg suggested that I join the CAP. My first meeting with the CAP changed my life. The squadron was scheduled to take a test on basic aviation the next meeting. I asked if I could test and was told no, because the test would be too difficult since the others had been studying for some time. I convinced the Commandant of Cadets, Sterling Queen, to give me the study material and then let me decide if I wanted to test at the next meeting. I studied hard and passed the test. That was the first positive thing I had ever done. From their my confidence grew. I went to two summer encampments (Clinton County AFB, Ohio and Bakalar AFB, Indiana). I became a Cadet 2nd Lt. After graduation I joined the Air Force and retired after 30 years. I had 2 tours in Vietnam and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. I then spent 10 years in the Texas State Guard. While in the Air Force I went to night school and obtained 4 college degrees. I am also retired from a state mental hospital here in Wichita Falls, Tx. I consider my military career a success and credit the Civil Air Patrol with getting me on the right track. Thank You CAP.