United States Air Force Auxiliary
Carroll Composite Squadron
Group II, Maryland Wing
In August 2015, the Air Force updated and expanded the Air Force’s descriptions of total force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, civilian and auxiliary members.
With this newest change, Air Force leaders will consider each part of the total force, including the auxiliary, when determining the most effective and efficient ways to complete the mission. CAP has approximately 57,000 volunteers and 550 aircraft assigned to more than 1,500 units stateside available or currently supporting non-combat missions on behalf of the Air Force.
“Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Vazquez, the CAP national commander. “Our ability to augment the Air Force is second to none. We provide 85 percent of inland search and rescue missions and disaster-relief support to local, state and national agencies as well as aerial reconnaissance for homeland security and remain continually postured to offer more.”
Beyond CAP’s support to achieve its homeland responsibilities for non-combat operations, the organization has been recognized for their efforts to inspire hundreds of thousands of cadets and K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and training.
“Civil Air Patrol’s increased exposure has a direct impact on attracting youth interest in STEM-based activities which are skills necessary to develop the innovative Airmen our Air Force needs,” said Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III. “We proudly welcome the Air Force auxiliary by extending our badge of honor as Airmen.”
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Maryland Wing Air Crews support disaster relief response in South Carolina..
Several airmen of the Maryland Civil Air Patrol returned home Saturday after having spent the last few days helping the government assess the flooding damage in South Carolina. The planes carrying Maryland Civil Air Patrol airmen flew low and slow over areas of South Carolina devastated by flooding. Taking part in 103 flights and 210 hours in the sky, the airmen took nearly 4,000 pictures, providing key information about what's happening on the ground. READ MORE
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