United States Air Force Auxiliary
Carroll Composite Squadron
Group II, Maryland Wing
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 operation missions.
Search and Rescue
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 95 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions as directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are CAP missions? CAP members save nearly 100 people each year!
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 (FEMA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Homeland Security Missions
Working under the U.S. Air Force's Homeland Security Directorate, Civil Air Patrol is uniquely positioned to conduct missions in support of the nation's homeland security initiatives. With decades of operational experience, CAP can provide low-cost airborne assets across the nation, all manned by mission-ready personnel who have the demonstrated capability to work with federal, military, state and local agencies across the homeland security spectrum.
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 missions.
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 available.
CAP joined the war on drugs in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.
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