Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.
As a Total Force partner and auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy, and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 80-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.
Volunteers Serving America’s Communities, Saving Lives, and Shaping Futures
Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect.
Arizona Wing is one of 52 wings in Civil Air Patrol, one for each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (which includes the U.S. Virgin Islands).
The Arizona Wing, with 20 squadrons across the state, has more than 1,100 youth and adult members, 16 light aircraft, 1 glider, and 23 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available when CAP is tasked to support missions that may also involve federal, state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.