The Rocky Mountain Region’s website provides information to both those who may be interested in joining CAP, as well as those already serving within the five RMR Wings who need specific operational information. For those wishing to join CAP please click on the “READY TO JOIN CAP AS AN ACTIVE MEMBER?” This will direct you to the web site where you will be provided with the units closest to you and their contact information where you will be able to get the step by step instructions on how to join CAP. You will find that CAP membership offers a variety of worth-while and rewarding experiences.
HISTORY OF CIVIL AIR PATROL
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, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.
After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. 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.
75th ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL AIR PATROL
The Civil Air Patrol is celebrating 75 years of service to our nation and communities.