Civil Air Patrol

Message from the Wing Commander,

FLWG stands ready to support validated mission requirements. If your unit receives a request for support, please route them to the State EOC, WEBEOC program at the county level, or contact the A-3 for guidance
COVID19 response is the same as any other response mission.
Do not self-deploy. The safety and well-being of our members is our highest priority.
Please continue to be safe and adhere to all social distancing guidelines. Thank you for your professionalism and excellence during these times.
Col Luis Garcia, CAP
Commander, Florida Wing

Mission Statement

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



The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). CAP is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations.

It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: Emergency Services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; Aerospace Education for youth and the general public; and Cadet Programs for teenage youth. In addition, CAP has recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions.

CAP also performs non-auxiliary missions for various governmental and private agencies, such as local law enforcement and the American Red Cross. The program is established as an organization by Title 10 of the United States Code and its purposes defined by Title 36.

Membership in the organization consists of cadets ranging from 12 to just under 21 years of age, and senior members 18 years of age and up. These two groups each have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of pursuits; the cadet program contributes to the development of the former group with a structured syllabus and an organization based upon United States Air Force ranks and pay grades, while the older members serve as instructors, supervisors, and operators. All members wear uniforms while performing their duties.

Nationwide, CAP is a major operator of single-engine general aviation aircraft, used in the execution of its various missions, including orientation flights for cadets and the provision of significant emergency services capabilities. Because of these extensive flying opportunities, many CAP members become licensed pilots.

  • The Civil Air Patrol is congressionally chartered and operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
  • Performs services for the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization.
  • Includes eight geographic regions consisting of 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia).
  • Consists of 1,500 squadrons and 60,000 volunteer youth and adult members nationwide.
  • Has more than 8,800 aircrew members and 30,000 emergency responders trained to FEMA standards.
  • Offers opportunities for members to serve communities, participate in leadership development training and acquire new skills that benefit personal and professional growth.
  • Contributed $158 million in man-hours in 2014 by serving the disaster relief and emergency service needs of communities, states and the U.S.
  • Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet.
  • Flies more than 91,000 hours annually.
  • Maintains a fleet of more than 950 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support.
  • Provides 491 chaplains who minister to youth and adult members and help comfort survivors and victims of disasters
Florida CAP noted for natural disasters, SAR

When hurricanes bear down on the Gulf Coast, Florida Wing members are often among the first called to help. During Hurricane Donna in 1960, wing members provided emergency and communication capabilities, flew with the U.S. Coast Guard to survey damage and transported typhoid vaccine. When Hurricane Camille hit nine years later, wing members worked with Civil Defense to establish ground radio networks throughout the Gulf Coast region.

In the 1990s, Florida Wing members sprang into action again for hurricanes Andrew, Opal and Floyd, transporting people and equipment, monitoring evacuation routes and providing aerial damage assessments. Cadets played key roles in setting up and staffing shelters.

Florida Wing cadets also showed their skill by becoming the first Civil Air Patrol team to win the Commander-in-Chief Cup in the All Services Division of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot III, the nation’s largest high school cyber defense competition. CAP members played an early role in helping determine the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, providing more than 28,000 aerial photos to state officials.

The wing’s sundown patrol mission also helped stranded boaters and rescued people from aircraft that plunged into Florida’s waters. In 1995, members helped rescue 11 people in two separate incidents involving boats either lost or sinking in the Gulf of Mexico.

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