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CAP New Member Guide (2008)

CAP New Member Guide (2008)

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NEWMEMBERGUIDETOTHERENOCOMPOSITESQUADRON
I N T E G R I T Y
V O L U N T E E R S E R V I C E
E X C E L L E N C E
R E S P E C T
THE NEXTSTEP 
S E M P E R V I G I L A N S
P E R F O R M I N G M I S S I O N S F O R A M E R I C A
 
2Welcome!On behalf of the members of the Reno Composite Squadron I would like to welcome you to the finestsquadron in the Civil Air Patrol! It is our hope that your association with the Civil Air Patrol will be bothproductive and positive. If you have questions at any point, please feel free to ask either myself or anyother member of the unit.The Civil Air Patrol, commonly referred to simply as CAP, has been the Auxiliary of the United States AirForce for over half a century, proudly serving the nation from the days of World War Two to the present.The three basic missions of the Civil Air Patrol are Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and theCadet Program. Our training and activities are all related to one or more of these central missions. As arequirement of your initial indoctrination to the unit, you will undergo training that will explain themissions more in-depth.Joining any organization is always somewhat confusing at first, with new names, faces, jargon, and waysof doing things to learn. To assist you in adjusting to CAP, the packet condenses some of the questionsmost often asked by new members. As always, please feel free to ask the squadron staff or myself if youneed clarification on anything. A squadron newsletter is published quarterly and mailed to members, andis also available on-line at the squadron web site:
Our meetings are the 2
nd
and 4
th
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. at 1980 Kleppe Lane inSparks. Our unit relieson its members being active participants in the activities and training being held. Not only are these eventsinformative and interesting, they are a vital component of effective, proficient squadrons. Wheneverpossible, please participate and if possible volunteer to help develop and run these exciting programs andactivities.Once your membership application and fees have been processed by National Headquarters, Civil AirPatrol, you will receive a membership card with your identification and CAPID. This number will be yourprimary means of identification so please memorize it for future use.We look forward to having you as an active member of the Reno Composite Squadron. Welcome, andthank you for donating your time, energy, and enthusiasm!Michael McMahon, CAPTSquadron CommanderReno Composite Squadron
United States Air Force Auxiliary-Civil Air Patrol
Reno Composite Squadron-27054
PO Box 133 Sparks, NV 89432-0133 (775) 358-3700
 
Adapted from Great Start Program 1 May 07 available athttp://level2.cap.gov/documents/BookletHighRes.pdf
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CAP History
The Civil Air Patrol wasformed on Dec. 1, 1941, onthe eve ofAmerica’s call to national service as weentered World War II after the attack onPearl Harboron Dec. 7, 1941 . While logging more than 500,000flying hours, CAP’s originalEveryday Heroes sunk twoenemy submarines andrescued hundreds ofcrash victims. After thewar, a thankful nationrecognized CAP’s value tolocal and nationalagencies dedicated tohomeland security. OnJuly 1, 1946, PresidentHarry Truman signedPublic Law 476incorporating Civil AirPatrol as a benevolent,nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congresspassed Public Law 557 permanently establishing CivilAir Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force andprovided for three primary missions — aerospaceeducation, cadet programs and emergency services.
Civil Air Patrol Today
In addition to homeland security, today’s CAPmembers conduct search and rescue, counterdrugreconnaissance, and disaster relief missions. Many ofour 33,000 senior members also nurture theleadership skills of more than 22,000 youth enrolled incadet programs. In addition, CAP broadens thehorizons of hundreds of thousands of students andmore than 1,000 teachers annually through ouraerospace education programs.
 Resources
CAP’s assets and resources include, but are notlimited to, over 500 corporate owned aircraft, almost4,000 member-owned aircraft, 950 ground vehicles andthe most extensive communications system in theworld. However, CAP’s most valuable assets are itsvolunteers. Including training, members log in excess of100,000 flying hours each year.
Opportunities
As a member, a unique aspect of CAP is thetraining made available to you to help fuel our“Missions for America” in the following ways:Administration
Aerospace Education
Cadet Programs
Chaplain
Communications
Drug Demand Reduction
Emergency Services
Finance
Flight Operations
Historian
Information Technology
Inspections
Logistics
Moral Leadership
Operations
Personnel
Professional Development
Public Affairs
Recruiting and Retention
Safety
School Enrichment Program
Standardization/Evaluation
There is something to meet most every individual’sneeds and interests. If your area of interest is notlisted, ask your mentor or commander, and you willprobably find it.
Civil Air Patrol’sMissions For America
 Aerospace Education
CAP promotes and supports aerospace education,both to its own members and the general public. CAPeducational programs help prepare American citizensto meet the challenges of a sophisticated aerospacesociety and understand its related issues. To fulfill theCAP mission of educating America’s citizens aboutthe importance of air and space power for ourcountry, CAP offers a myriad of aerospace programs,products, and services to educators and aerospaceenthusiasts.CAP maintains integrated internal and externalaerospace education programs. Internally, CAPmembers, both adults and cadets, follow a rigorousprogram to learn about aviation and aerospaceprinciples. Aerospace Education Officers (AEOs)attend regional AEOworkshops to learn howto promote aerospaceeducation throughouttheir communities. CAPcadets have to passaerospace tests andachievements to progressin rank and promotion.Externally, CAP reachesout to the general publicthrough a specialprogram for teachers ofall grade levels. Throughthis program, CAP provides free classroom materialsand lesson plans for aerospace education. CAPoffers national standards-based educational products,including textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on

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