Civil Air Patrol Week – Signed Proclamations
History of the Civil Air Patrol
The Civil Air Patrol is a nationwide volunteer force of citizens providing service to the nation in the areas of search and rescue, disaster documentation and youth training. The Civil Air Patrol was established on December 1, 1941, to supplement US military during World War II. In 1948 CAP was designated as the US Air Force’s official auxiliary with three missions-emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education.
Since CAP’s beginning, the organization has set itself apart during the country’s most tumultuous times: Locating and sinking enemy submarines during World War II, assisting agencies immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, heavily supporting hurricane relief efforts through the years as well as aiding communities during other natural disasters such as floods, wildfires, ice storms, and tornadoes.
CAP further provides vital security missions that help ensure the protection of the nation’s capital and the nation as a whole by assisting Air Force pilots with target-intercept training as well as the military with acquiring distant targets. The members of the New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol have provided continuous exemplary service to the citizens of New Hampshire from the earliest days of WW II to present.