Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has
continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad
of emergency-services and operational missions.
Search and Rescue
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more
than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions
directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley Air
Force Base, Va. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the
Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Just how effective are the CAP missions? Nearly 100 people are saved
each year by CAP members!
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations.
CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive
communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials
to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state
and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements
with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the
American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal
Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the
U.S. Coast Guard.
CAP flies humanitarian missions-usually in support of the Red
Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and
human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not
Air Force Support
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct
support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light
transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP
also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air
Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for