Civil Air Patrol
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). While the CAP is sponsored by the Air Force, it is not an operating reserve component under the Air Force or the federal government. Since CAP is not part of any uniformed service branch and its members are civilians, it is not subject to the laws governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. CAP is a non-profit volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations. It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: Emergency Services (including search and rescue), Aerospace Education for youth and the general public, and cadet programs for teenage youth. In addition, it has recently been tasked with Homeland Security and courier service missions. CAP also performs non-auxiliary missions for various governmental and private agencies, such as local law enforcement, FEMA, and the American Red Cross.
Membership in the organization consists of cadets ranging from 12 to 21 years of age, and senior members 18 years of age and up. These two groups each have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of pursuits; the Cadet program contributes to the development of the former of these two groups with a structured syllabus and an organization based upon United States Air Force ranks and pay grades, while the older members serve as instructors and supervisors. All members wear uniforms while performing their duties.
Nationwide CAP is a major operator of single-engine general aviation aircraft, used in the execution of its various missions, including orientation flights for cadets and the provision of significant emergency services capabilities. Because of these extensive flying opportunities, many CAP members become licensed pilots.
The military organization is headed by the National Headquarters (with authority over the national organization) followed by eight regional commands and 52 state wings (including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico). Each wing supervises the individual squadrons that comprise the basic operational unit of the organization.
Civil Air Patrol builds strong citizens for the future by providing leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to young men and women, ages 12 to 21. Civil Air Patrol offers more than $200,000 in college scholarships each year, and about 10 percent of each year's freshman class at the U.S. Air Force Academy is comprised of former CAP cadets. Thousands of young people have their first orientation flights through the cadet program, and hundreds have soloed in gliders and powered aircraft. Tens of thousands have attended CAP encampments throughout the nation. At a national encampment, CAP cadets gather from throughout the nation. They may learn techniques for search and rescue and disaster relief. They may sample possible career choices by studying with a university engineering or technology department. They may learn teamwork and leadership through competitions in problem-solving and physical endurance.
(Age 18 and up)
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) offers a wealth of professional education and training for our adults so those members can effectively accomplish CAP's missions. Our adults, who are called "senior members" to differentiate them from our cadet members, come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. As a result, their professional development takes them from a strong foundation of education and training for new members, while allowing more experienced members to become experts in their chosen fields. Members who engage in CAP professional development become eligible to receive special awards signifying their achievements, as well as satisfy requirements for promotion within the CAP organization.
Senior members must pass a background check and take a Cadet Protection course before becoming a full member.
Meet the Leadership
If you are located near Kittanning, PA please come visit us.
Ford City Armory of the U.S. National Guard
108 VALLEY VIEW DR
FORD CITY, PA 16226
Meetings are every Wednesday from 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Capt. Tina Schick
Deputy Commander for Seniors
Maj Aaron LaMantia
Maj. Robert Saville
Deputy Commander for Cadets
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