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General Knowledge Information

CAP Motto: Semper Vigilans (Always Vigilant)

CAP Oath: "I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation."


CAP Missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, Emergency Services

Historic Moments in CAP (and other useful Info):

  • First flight by Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on 17 Dec 1903
  • World War II starts 1 Sep 1939 with the German invasion of Poland
  • CAP was founded 1 Dec 1941
  • Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan on 7 Dec 1941; United States enters WWII on 8 Dec 1941
  • 29 April 1943 is considered the "Red Letter" day for CAP when it was transferred from The Office of Civil Defense to the War Department
  • World War II ended in Europe 8 May 1945
  • World War II ended in Asia on 15 August 1945
  • CAP became a non-profit, benevolent organization on 1 July 1946 with the signing of Public Law 476
  • CAP became the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force on 26 May 1948 with the signing of Public Law 557
  • The modern Cadet Program began in 1964


CAP World War II History:

  • CAP members flew more than 24,000,000 miles on coastal patrol
  • CAP summoned help for 91 ships in distress and 363 survivors of U-boat attacks
  • CAP spotted 173 U-boats and dropped bombs or depth charges on 57 of them
  • CAP was given credit for sinking 2 U-boats
  • CAP's Founders are:
    • Gill Robb Wilson - First Executive Director
    • Florello H LaGuardia - Mayor of NYC and Director of the Office of Civil Defense
    • Major General John F Curry, USAAC - First National Commander


Phonetic Alphabet:

A - Alpha G - Golf M - Mike S - Sierra Y - Yankee
B - Bravo H - Hotel N - November T - Tango Z - Zulu
C - Charlie I - India O - Oscar U - Uniform
D - Delta J - Juliet P - Papa V - Victor
E - Echo K - Kilo Q - Quebec W - Whiskey
F - Foxtrot L - Lima R - Romeo X - X-Ray

Chain of Command:

Commander-in-Chief The Honorable Donald J. Trump
CAP National Commander Maj Gen Mark E. Smith, CAP
Executive Director Mr. Donald Rowland
Northeast Region Commander Col Jack J. Ozer, CAP
New York Wing Commander Col Thomas Carello, CAP
WNY Group Commander Lt Col John Rizio, CAP
TAK Squadron Commander Capt Bradley C. Erckert, CAP
Deputy Commander for Cadets 2d Lt Jennifer Heim, CAP
Cadet Commander C/2d Lt Sarah Gifford, CAP

Miscellaneous Information:

  • CAP's National Headquarters is at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama
  • There are 52 Wings in CAP including the 50 US States PLUS the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
  • There are 8 Regions in CAP. They are:
    • Northeast (New York Wing is located here)
    • Middle East
    • North Central
    • Southeast
    • Southwest
    • Great Lakes
    • Rocky Mountain
    • Pacific
  • There are FOUR Phases to the Cadet Program. They are:
    • The Learning Phase
    • The Leadership Phase
    • The Command Phase
    • The Executive Phase
  • There are FIVE Milestone achievements in the cadet program. They are:
    • The Wright Brothers (C/SSgt)
    • The Mitchell (C/2d Lt)
    • The Earhart (C/Capt)
    • The Eaker (C/Lt Col) 
    • The Spaatz Award (C/Col) 

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