In July 1942, the United States Army re-designated the numerical 1-9,
to be now known as the 1-9,
Army Service Command’s
, with the addition of a separate
Northwest Service Command
which covered Western Canada,
and the Yukon territoriesAgain, when CAP was first planned, it was thought advisable to place a Regional Commander ineach of the nine Army Corps Areas-Army Service Commands, to act as coordinators for Wingactivities. During the early organization stages, this plan helped a good deal in getting thingsstarted. However, only five of the nine posts were filled, three by Army Officers and two bycivilians. It was found necessary in many instances to place these officers on field work outsidetheir regions and in general direct contact between the Wings and National Headquarters for fasttiming. Thus the Regional Commands were abolished.
The use of these
Army Corps Area’s - Army Service Command
numbersusually wound up in official designation of Civil Air Patrol’s wing’s, group’s, squadron’s and unit’sas a organization number like i.e.
Kenny Squadron 511-3
(Illinois) and occasionally in official correspondence during wartime and after. . And ofcourse did find away to become a part of CAP (Wing) State Shoulder patches, many still contain
Army Service Command
Rhode Island--16, New Jersey--22, Pennsylvania-- 31, Ohio--51, Indiana--52, Illinois--61, Wisconsin--62
CAP & USAF 1948 on.9 Jun. 51 NEB Minutes.
Regional Director's were established..
General Orders Number 9- 24 April 1952I.
DESIGNATION OF CIVIL AIR PATROL REGIONS
. Announcement is made of the designationof Civil Air Patrol Regions as follows:
27 May 1955,NB Minutes
-Ratified National Executive Board (NEB) resolution to changename from
Region, and changed
. It was also about this time that National Headquarters numbered the regions forease of management, and cartography.
With Civil Air Patrol becoming more computer orientated in the 50’s it was decided by NationalHeadquarters to assign wings and regions a five place number. The first two digits designated thewing or region, the others three digits were to represent internal units or various headquartersshred outs.
CAPR 20-3 Organization Charters
, 30 May 1955 established requirements andprocedures.
Minutes, National Board Conference, 22-24 May 1956
, The National Commander,Maj Gen Agee, announced out of 2300 units in CAP, only 685 units have been chartered as of30 April 1956.Later with the presentation of official charter certificates, designed in 1953 and signed by theNational Commander, it was now designated as a unit charter number. But let me assure you thatthe number issued has no significance as to when membership in CAP originated, was approvedor conferred. It’s totally alphabetical as only a computer can designate and sort. Unquestionablybecause Hawaii, Alaska had not obtained official statehood at the time (1955), but were stillconsidered Territories and of course Puerto Rico a Commonwealth. They didn’t fall in statealphabetical sequence, they were numbered 50, 51, and 52 respectively…