Who We Are
Civil Air Patrol, was founded in 1941 to protect homeland security during World War II, CAP’s oldest on-going mission. Today Civil Air Patrol has 56,000 members nation wide and is the Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Total Force.
The members of Civil Air Patrol in the North Central Region volunteer countless hours in regular weekly meetings, state-wide training exercises, and other special activities serving their communities and state.
The three missions of Civil Air Patrol are Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and the youth program known as the Cadet Program.
Today, homeland security remains a major emphasis of the CAP Emergency Services program, including advanced aerial photography capabilities uses for disaster relief after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, as well as over the World Trade Center site after 9-11.
CAP’s traditional ES search and rescue mission remains important, as well. Often activated by the Air Force in cases or missing aircraft and other incidents where lives can be saved, CAP conducts up to 95% of the searches authorized by the Air Force in the continental United States.
Civil Air Patrol promotes and supports aerospace education, both for its own members and the general public to prepare American citizens to meet the challenges of a sophisticated aerospace society and understand its related issues.
CAP offers AE instructional materials to teachers, and provides many internal opportunities for adult and youth members to learn more about aerospace subjects.
Educators from across the country learn how to use aviation and space in a variety of subject areas by attending the National Conference on Aviation and Space Education, sponsored by CAP since 1967. CAP also sponsors several prestigious awards for those who promote aerospace to the public.
The Cadet Program
Civil Air Patrol builds strong citizens for the future by providing leadership training, technical education, scholarships and career education to young men and women, ages 12 to 21.
Thousands of young people have their first orientation flights through the cadet program, and hundreds have soloed in gliders and powered aircraft. Tens of thousands have attended CAP encampments throughout the nation. At a national encampment, CAP cadets gather from throughout the nation. They may learn techniques for search and rescue and disaster relief. They may sample possible career choices by studying with a university engineering or technology department. They may learn teamwork and leadership through competitions in problem-solving and physical endurance.
Bismarck Composite Squadron (ND-030)
The Bismarck Composite Squadron is the local squadron for the Bismarck/Mandan, North Dakota area. It has active senior member and cadet programs that focus on all three of Civil Air Patrol’s missions. Bismarck was one of the first squadrons to have an airborne FLIR infrared camera to assist in search and rescue missions. It also manages one of the largest Wreaths Across America events that raises enough sponsorships to place wreaths on every headstone at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.