An Introduction from the National Commander
|Maj. Gen. Joeseph R. Vazquez
Civil Air Patrol: A Proud Legacy Continues
Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades.
The first Civil Air Patrol members of 1941 were a heroic breed, men and women who served their country by sinking or chasing away German submarines off
America's East and Gulf coasts. As a result of their bravery, patriotism and tenacity, CAP subchasers effectively thwarted German U-boat attacks and, in
the process, saved countless lives.
Today, CAP handles 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75-100 lives saved each year. Our members are generally the first
on the scene transmitting satellite digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and providing disaster relief and emergency services
following natural and manmade disasters, including such phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the south and
central U.S., North Dakota flash flooding and the October 2006 earthquake in Hawaii, as well as humanitarian missions along the U.S. and Mexican border.
In addition, CAP members are dedicated to counterdrug reconnaissance and to teaching a new generation about aerospace and its impact on our future. And
our cadet programs ensure our youth receive some of the finest leadership training the nation has to offer.
Unlike our founding CAP fathers, many of whom flew their own airplanes and performed life-threatening missions without any formal training, our more than
55,000 members are now provided with top-notch, year-round professional development training opportunities and with aircraft equipped with the most advanced
technologies available for search and rescue.
Indeed, Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact each and every day, going above and beyond to make a profound difference in America's communities. As a vigilant
CAP volunteer, you save lives and preserve liberty for all. Thank you for your service.
An Introduction from the Squadron Commander
|Lt. Col. Ellen Maternowski
A Message from the Squadron Commander
Thank you for visiting our squadrons website as you consider membership in the Civil Air Patrol. We hope this website will serve as a useful tool for you both
now and after you become a member. This website has been specially created to help familiarize you with the CAP organization, our missions, and the
opportunities and benefits available to you through membership.
Among the resources that may be available to members through the squadrons are 530 corporate CAP aircraft, over 900 ground vehicles and one of the most
extensive communications networks in the nation; however, our greatest asset is our members.
Please review the information contained on this website. When you decide that CAP membership is the best path to achieve your personal or professional goals,
complete the appropriate membership application, which can be obtained from the local squadron location, currently located at the Jamestown - Chautauqua County Regional Airport. Meeting take place every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Alternatively, you can call me at (716)397-3864 for more information and an
application can be mailed to you. CAP is worth your time and effort. We offer you the opporunity to become involved with us so that we can utilize your talents
and you can know that you are making a real contribution. Membership is not automatic but, if we are right for eachother, we welcome you and appreciate your
willingness to contribute to the execution of our very important missions.
Colonel Ellen Maternowski
In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of
their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered
America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction
of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours and saving hundreds of crash victims during
World War II, are well documented.
During World War II, CAP was seen as a way to use America's civilian aviation resources to aid the war effort instead of grounding them. The organization
assumed many missions including anti-submarine patrol and warfare, border patrols, and courier services. During World War II CAP's coastal patrol flew 24
million miles, found 173 enemy U-boats, attacked 57, hit 10 and sank two, dropping a total of 83 bombs and depth charges throughout the conflict.
After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. CAP became
the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and its incorporating charter declared that it would never again be involved in direct combat
activities. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26,
1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were
set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP
members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to
participate in the educational program. Aerospace educators at CAP's National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials
that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence. Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external.
Aerospace Internal Program
The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to
progress through the achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and
the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.
Aerospace External Program
CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system. Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the
nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people. These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on
advances in aerospace technology. CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials.
If you are already a member of the Civil Air Patrol visit www.capmembers.com/ae
for more information about CAP's aerospace education programs, products, and other resources available to you. For more information about joining as
an aerospace education member (AEM) and to join online, visit
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.
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.
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 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. 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? Approximately 75-100 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 available.
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 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.
While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young
people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace
through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to
further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn
cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the
opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane
for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still other
assist at major air shows throughout the nation.
As a cadet progresses through the cadet program, he/she earns various achievements by successfully passing both Leadership and Aerospace Education tests. Test
questions are derived from reading materials supplied to cadets, but the program is also designed to allow cadets to fill ever increasing leadership roles that
are pertinent to their Leadership Studies questions.
As cadets advance through the ranks, they also progress through four stages of development. The first phase, The Learning Phase, introduces cadets to the CAP
program, and cadets who pass all requirements receive the Wright Brothers award. The second phase, The Leadership Phase, begins placing more responsibility on
cadets as leaders of newer cadets. Cadets who complete The Leadership Phase receive their Mitchell Award, and are eligible for advanced promotion upon enlisting
in the military. The third phase, The Command Phase, places cadets directly in command of other cadets, allowing cadets to accomplish tasks through their staff
members for the first time. Cadets who complete The Command Phase are awarded the Earhart Award. The Executive Phase is the last phase of the cadet program, and
focus cadets on the operations of an entire unit. Cadets completing The Executive Phase are awarded the Eaker Award. The highest cadet award is the Spaatz Award
and is awarded upon passing an extensive cumulative test.
As cadets progress through the program, they are placed in charge of lower ranking cadets. Cadets aren't given full reign over the others, but instead are
expected to instruct classes and mentor each other. Senior members, the adults of the program, also play a large role in mentoring and evaluating cadets. The
numerous awards, achievements, and opportunities available to Civil Air Patrol cadets allows them to foster their leadership in an academic and forgiving
The Cadet Program is overseen and administered by senior members, who generally specialize in the Cadet Program. For composite squadrons (which has Senior Member
programs as well), the Cadet Commander's chain of command passes through the Deputy Commander for Cadets before reaching the squadron commander, with the Cadet
Commander reporting directly to the squadron commander in cadet squadrons.. There are 'Director of Cadet Programs' positions at all command levels higher than
squadron. In addition to the Deputy Commander for Cadets, squadrons also have a Leadership Officer, a senior member whose job is to see to the military aspects
of the cadet program, such as uniforms, customs and courtesies.