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Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is America’s premier public service organization for carrying out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. As the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and a Total Force partner, CAP’s vigilant citizen volunteers are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Founded in 1941 as an organization dedicated to harnessing civilian air power in support of civil defense, CAP's 60,000 members continue the tradition of citizen service by selflessly devoting their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Serving the Triangle area (and beyond) since 1958!

Raleigh-Wake Composite Squadron has a long, rich history of over 60 years of service to the greater Triangle area.  Our squadron continues to be at the forefront of CAP's key missions, from supporting disaster operations that affect our local communities to building and shaping our youth into successful, civic-minded citizens through the cadet program.  Our unit is currently made up of 170+ volunteers, split roughly between adults and youth, positioning us as the largest squadron in North Carolina and among the largest across the nation.  We operate multiple Cessna aircraft, including a C-172 (G1000), C-182 (G1000/steam gauge), and C-206 (G500).

For more information on our three Congressionally-chartered missions, read on!  (Links below will open new windows outside of the .GOV domain.)

Emergency Services

Always prepared, both in the air and on the ground, members of the Civil Air Patrol perform emergency services for state and local agencies as well as the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization. Ever vigilant, these true patriots make a difference in their communities, not only to assist in times of disaster but also to search for the lost and protect the homeland. 

Aerospace Education

Civil Air Patrol’s awarding-winning aerospace education program promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM-related careers with engaging, standards-based, hands-on curriculum and activities. It shapes the experiences and aspirations of youth both in and outside of CAP’s cadet program.

Cadet Programs

Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. As cadets participate in these four elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way. Many of the nation’s astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through CAP. 

Mission Statement

Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. 

Vision Statement

Civil Air Patrol, America's Air Force auxiliary, building the nation's finest force of citizen volunteers serving America.

Core Values

Integrity, Volunteerism, Excellence, and Respect

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