The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded in December 1941 shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and was made an auxiliary of the United States Air Force by act of Congress in 1947. Since that time, CAP has been tasked with three missions: emergency services, cadet programs, and aerospace education. At Dungeness Composite Squadron, our focus is on the cadet program, which attracts teens from the northern Olympic Peninsula who are interested in aviation and aerospace. Adult members support the cadet program and also pursue training in emergency services and aerospace education.

Emergency Services Patch

CAP is best known for its members’ work in search and rescue and disaster relief missions. CAP is expanding its role to include an increasing number of homeland security operations, exercises and airborne photography for a number of state and federal agencies. CAP also performs counterdrug reconnaissance missions at the request of law enforcement agencies and can do radiological monitoring and damage assessment. CAP members undergo rigorous training to perform these missions safely and cost-effectively.

Cadet Programs Insignia

CAP’s cadet program trains young men and women in teamwork, leadership, aerospace education, technical skills to support emergency services and military history and customs. Through state and national encampments, a college and flight training scholarship program, and the International Air Cadet Exchange, CAP cadets broaden their horizons, learn to assume responsibility, feel self-confidence and set goals for their lives. CAP cadets get many flying opportunities through orientation flights with licensed pilots who stress safety and introduce them to the thrill of flying. Scholarships are available to eligible cadets who want to pursue their own FAA certificates.

Aerospace Education Patch

CAP maintains both internal and external aerospace education programs. CAP members, both adults and cadets, follow a rigorous program to learn about aviation and aerospace principles. CAP also reaches out to the general public through a special program for teachers at all grade levels. Through this program, CAP provides free classroom materials and lesson plans for aerospace education and each year sponsors the premier national conference in this field.