Civil Air Patrol Support for the President's National Strategy for Homeland Security [open pdf - 1MB]
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is uniquely positioned to conduct homeland security (HLS) operations in support of the Nation's homeland security initiatives. CAP was chartered six days prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 under the Office of Civilian Defense. The purpose of CAP was to use general aviation pilots and aircraft to support the Nation's civil defense program. Upon entry of the United States into World War II, the mission of CAP expanded to include performing a wide variety of duties including coastal patrol for submarine activity, ships and personnel in distress, target towing for the armed forces, and courier flights for essential personnel and war materials. Due to its success in the wartime mission of anti-submarine coastal patrol, CAP was later transferred to the War Department in 1943. Congress chartered CAP as a non-profit corporation in 1946 so CAP could continue to provide services for the armed forces. In 1948, Congress designated CAP as the official civilian Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. CAP is a community-based, volunteer service organization with over 61,000 members and more than 1,700 units across the nation. The federally chartered CAP Corporation owns more than 530 light aircraft, and CAP members own hundreds of other aircraft that can be used to support assigned missions. Today, CAP has come full circle in the past 60 years, with a modern, well equipped fleet of aircraft and equipment that is utilized daily. Trained professional volunteers stand ready to meet the challenge by preparing, preventing, and responding to internal and external threats to the United States.