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About Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded on December 1, 1941 - just days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Throughout World War II, CAP performed hundreds of thousands of hours of service, including coastal patrols, transportation of supplies, training, and other important missions.  

In 1946, Congress granted a charter to Civil Air Patrol, charging its members with three missions. First, CAP was to promote aviation. As years passed, that mission expanded to include aerospace education as well. Second, CAP was to provide a training program to support the nation’s youth in contributing to society and preparing for successful adult lives. Finally, CAP was to continue its emergency services, the work for which CAP is still best known today.

Aerospace Education
CAP maintains both internal and external aerospace education programs. CAP members, both adults and cadets, follow a rigorous program to learn about aviation and aerospace principles. CAP also reaches out to the general public through a special program for teachers at all grade levels. Through this program, CAP provides free classroom materials and lesson plans for aerospace education and each year sponsors the premier national conference in this field.

Cadet Programs
CAP’s cadet program trains young men and women in teamwork, moral leadership, aerospace education, technical skills to support emergency services, and military history and customs. Through national encampments, a college and flight training scholarship program, and the International Air Cadet Exchange, CAP cadets broaden their horizons, learn to assume responsibility, feel self-confidence and set goals for their lives.

Best known for its members’ work in search and rescue and disaster relief missions, CAP is expanding its role in the 21st century to include an increasing number of homeland security operations and exercises. CAP also performs counterdrug reconnaissance missions at the request of law enforcement agencies and can do radiological monitoring and damage assessment. CAP members undergo rigorous training to perform these missions safely and cost-effectively.


The headquarters building (Building 3-108) is located at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Lackawanna Street.  The office entrance during normal duty hours is adjacent to Fisher Avenue.

Telephone: 717-861-2335

USPS address:
PA Wing CAP Headquarters
Building 3-108
Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003

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