Civil Air Patrol Missions

On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization.  On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force.  Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.

Aerospace Education

Civil Air Patrol provides external education programs for the aviation community and public at large, as well as internal training for our members. Prince William Composite Squadron accomplishes both aspects of this mission: we conduct orientation flights in CAP aircraft; hold aerospace and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) training for youth; host a variety of interesting speakers from the aviation and cyberspace industries; and support local teachers through our elementary and middle school programs. 

Cadet Programs

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Program seeks to transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders. You can read more about the Prince William Composite Squadron's cadet program here

Emergency Services

Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions. Prince William Composite Squadron actively trains for and participates in air, ground, and mission staff tasks supporting search and rescue, disaster response, and homeland defense missions.