|Section One Review Questions
Civil Air Patrol was formed one week before ____________________________ which was a major factor in the United States entering into World War II.
2. The Civil Air Patrol has served under a number of different agencies. Circle the agencies that CAP has been a part of:
Since CAP was founded in 1941, what anniversary did it celebrate in 1991? _________
4. True False: Public Law 476 made CAP the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force?
Place an “x” next to the missions you could have performed had you been one of CAP’s “flying minutemen” during World War II.
President Harry S. Truman is famous for making the decision to drop nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To CAP members he is also famous because:
7. There were two people who were very involved in starting Civil Air Patrol. One served as CAP's first National Commander and was named _________________________. The other was a writer who has now had the Level V Senior Training Award named after him. He was ______________________________.
The Civil Air Patrol is a civilian organization but, as the civilian Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, it comes as no surprise that it is organized along military lines. CAP is organized into eight geographic regions. These regions are subdivided by the states falling within their boundaries and each state has a CAP wing. Additionally, the District of Columbia and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have CAP wings.
These 52 wings are then subdivided into groups, squadrons, and flights depending on their size. There are more than 1,700 CAP units, half of which are composite squadrons or squadrons that have both senior and cadet members.
The highest governing body of CAP is the National Board, chaired by a member of the CAP Corporation whose title is National Commander. This position is held by a CAP Brigadier General elected by the members. Other members of the Board include the eight region and 52 wing commanders. This governing body also includes an elected National Vice Commander, Chief of Staff, Legal Officer, Finance Officer, and Controller - all civilian volunteers who have no active duty Air Force obligations or privileges.
There is one key position on the National Board that ties the CAP Corporation to the U.S. Air Force - the Senior Air Force Advisor. The advisor's position is held by an active-duty Air Force Colonel who, in addition to serving as the Senior Air Force Adviser, is responsible for all active duty and DoD civilian employees who provide liaison oversight and advice to the CAP organization. In this capacity, the Senior Air Force advisor is also the CAP-USAF Commander.
Sound confusing? It's really not. When Congress enacted Public Law 557 in 1948, they determined that active-duty Air Force personnel should be assigned to provide advice and assistance to the organization. Hence, Headquarters CAP-USAF was established.
In addition to the Air Force staff at CAP's National Headquarters, CAP Liaison regions have a small staff headed by a commander and a staff of six other officers, NCOs and DoD civilians who perform aerospace education and training, logistics, and administration and operations functions.
The members of the CAP-USAF unit fall under the command of Air University. Air University is the Air Force organization responsible for operating many of the schools such as Air War College and Squadron Officers School. Air University in turn reports to the commander of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC).
Each of the 52 wings also has a liaison noncommissioned officer and some also have a liaison officer - both who are retired U.S. Air Force members.
"As the active force draws down, the Air Force will engage in increased burden-sharing with its Guard, Reserve and Auxiliary (CAP) components. It is critical that U.S. Air Force installation and unit commanders provide priority support to CAP--which in turn enhances CAP mission readiness and a payback in increased mission support to the Air Force by its civilian Auxiliary."