sociation of America d Officers Association

moment lite iiu.uion napped into focus." ,fCenhur ... llcd hi nine wing . I' ornrn.mder and pur them on alerr sraru ,

Early ept. 12, _00 I. Greenhu: Ir we [0 the airport in ell JCfliC;Y where he keeps lus own plane, nee rll ·re. he was glvt:n .I number 10 call lor his nighL clearance. "l spnke with a major wh gav<.: me rhe nlghr .learnnc '. I ask ed, 'V1.ljur, who are you and where are you)' .uul he unswere 1. • ir, I'm ihe duty olf 'cr under rhe mountain.' I was talking to :-':l RAI I orth American Air Delense] at Chcv<.:I11J(: Mountain. .md [hat W.IS very sober-

(right) A sheriff's assistant holds

an illegal marijuana leaf confiscated during a recent CAP counterdrug mission in eastern Durham, N.C. (below) CAP planes patrol reservoirs that provide water for major metropolitan areas. The Ashokan Reservoir in West Hurley, N.Y., photographed Oct. 30, 2001, during a routine CAP patrol, supplies New York City.

(far right) CAP units usually will meet for thorough briefings before going out on various missions.

illg. indeed." h· says .. I w. the firsr airplane L lake IT rhnr was nor a fighrcr or .l tunkcr." Hi. route tool, him 0 dose ro rhe Wurld Trade .emer - nboui 2 miles II rrh - rhnt he sa)' rhe smell of burning debn raved in the cockpit for the trip' dur.n ion, "It IS crchcd III rnv memory."

I' .1 hurn.miu ri.m .ind educui n npmrit org.miz.uron. serves in thous.lI1d~ elr I: mmuniries :tcro~, rhe nati n, ( P conducts more thnn Wi percem tlf JlI mland search-and-rescue ('ARl operations

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in the United -t:1t.:s. as uiskcd by rhe Air Force Rc .ervc ocrdiruuion enter, and fullills such duties as disaster response, el11ergcnc. medi I transport, aer Sp:ICC cdu . lit n •. md drug imerdi lion :1. si.ranee, 'iincc the. ·pt. I I aria k, however, a new, more pres ing rni "ion h. been added to the lisr- homeland e uriry,

By ·epr. 12. _00 I. I' member

nationwide were standing alert and gC:lring up for a coordinated response. The larg r aircraf Ilcci in rhc worll had begun lO mobilize within h urs: ard-carrying members or CAl' lert r.lmili· and work responsibilirie behind •• ncelcd pcr-

onal plans. and reported [or dury,

I owherc was rhc need tearer chan in rhe I orthcast, including I ew York Washington. D.C.: and Penl1sylvnni:l. From the

rthcnst headquarters in [a -nard,

Mas .. , Greenhut . rrcd working till: blood transport missions, "We were flying blond by that evening," Greenhut "I)' . " ur Cessna auld Oy into rhc . mall c , I airports nearest the blood banks and then transport it to JI·K. They landed on (hat


I I,QOO-fout runwav, gavc rhe blo d to '[ate [roopc for Ir,lnsp rt 10 the hospicils. and still had l),()OO r'l!l rrnighr ahead for Clkt:off.

"In rhe ortheast region at rh,u rime, WI! had jUM under IO,ono members, ami nearly one-third were directly involved wirh [. Cpt. I Ij events." he ndds. "1f'Ihc) were not Aying blood, dlCY wert' helping with cornmunicuions or raffing, (, n)' were sitting by rhe phone - ,IS some pt:opic burned OUI, others wen: ready ro take their pla c." CAP member [lew rhe far.>r mission Iirecily over the impact area. (0 provide aerial photos for damage assc srnenr for the New Yurk . rare Emergency

Managerncnr ffict'. They also provided

rran-porr lor govt'rnmcnt officials.

rgani7.ed :tlong military lines, [lltl:ty's (, I ,(lOO I' member are: It) aicd in 1,6'50 unir. throughout rnerica. While: many r il operarion art' flown using 5.0 CAP-owl1t'd air rurl, rno r involve the more than ,000 nircrnfr private! ' owned by 'AI' members. CAl' has official uniform, oA-l ial aircrafr, and official rt'cognition by rhe United .)WI· Air For e .IS rhe U 'AF Auxiliary,

U\P wa e: tahlished Dec, I, 1941, wheu the W:lr Depnrrmeru mobilized

1-0.000 .irizcn pilot and their .iirplunes iruo a 'Ingle ivllian :IiI' delense group for . .:rial reconnni :U1CC missions. [rhe rime, die n.uions coastlines were vulnerublc, asse \ ere [hill. and Ci\I' Ilcw III to fill the t;ap. ThiS v lumecr l1yint. luh u( prrvate pilur with pnvaiel owned planes .carched the: ~C1S f, r -nerny suhrnarin .~.

[ cspil': the: unporranc of it rni ~i n, thought of ' P n , :t club for 'old gul'~' who w re civili.m clothe , Hew Piper CuI ... .ind ":'IIIcJ in [he nanons younger mihrarv fl~h(e:r [0 rnkc care I bu in··~ when rhcv sp ned danger, While th,u fIJ(/)· rhe p~r..:epll(ln orC\!' during it neJgIlllg vcirs. II \V,I Ie 'i rlian .iccurare then •• L1ILi it 1'\:;[111 ml'~"'" "I~ mark now,

'fj,d,I\. (,~I'\ mi sion ,L'''gnm.:nb usu,III" are III ~ nuuncri n wirh military serI leI!' or r.·d.:r.d agenocs and CIIl run rhc g:lmur from somewhat amusmg to rragl"'Illy [Hal. lie i\t' urur, opt:ralll1g out ul BI!,llIlul't, N. .. has experienced il all.

H 'cau,c lit· Beaufort unir i located Oil rlic CI),LS[, many of irs mi sion arc coordinauxl wnh the: CO,ISt Guard and involve boars. ~I' Mu]. Fred Eldredge serves as rhe squadron commanding oA-lcer, and his Wire, Linda. .erves ns fir 1 lieurennrn. The squadron In ludes 19 mcmb rs, 1 of whom are: pilots: all ex Cpl one ha a mili[.Iry background. Member range in ,Igt: lrnrn .1 28-ye:tr-old a Live dury 1. rine 10 .111 St-ycar-old pil t,

"\Vle have rwo ways to respond for [. R]," explain linda Eldredge. U ream of three c;. II go Up in the aircraft, or we call rake the van with our gl' und ream. The van is useful when the ,LSl Guard needs hdp ill ide a marina because it nus-ion .irca i. lTom the seashore ur, n

While a marina 'erring i rife with opp nuniry f, r accidents. Fred Eldredge admits the need for help inside a marina usually occurs when a negligenr boater


During FY 2002, the Civil Air Patrol

flew 5,861.5 hours performIng search-and-rescue missions In the United Stales (5,353.6 hours for counterdrug missions):

flew 2,948 federal-level emergency services missions: and was credited wllh saving 88 lives.


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accidentally triggers [he "E-PIRB" (emergency position indicating radio beacon), which transmits a disrre ... s signal monirorcd by the Coast Guard.

"AI' 2 0' lock in rhe morning, you want to be pretty ure you've isolated the signal emitter before you rarr knocking on doors." explains Fred Eldredge. "We have to intersect the signal with a 'differ' [direcrional finder], and signals rend to POWlCC off other boars and metal buildings."

The same cenario can occur in aircraft emergencies. MOSL planes are equipped wirh an emergency locator rransmirrcr (ELT). a device that emirs a signal if (he aircraft has crashed. During one mission. the Beaufort squadron was tasked [() respond LO an ELT signal being emitted near Lake Mattamuskeei. "We had both [he van and a plane:' say. Linda. "I radioed the ground team from rhc plane ro rell them we had picked lip the signal and ro direct rhcrn toward rhar general area. Then we saw what appeared to be a grass airstrip and a hangar; lr rurncd OUt that the plane's owner had bought a new ElY For his crop duster and left it in rhe armed posicion. It had gone oft: and he didn't know ir."

Other CAP mission rhe Beaufort unit has parricipated in include helping survey the devasrarion wreaked by back-ro-back hurricane several years ago. "\v.;e were tasked to provide damage as l" merits after

Hurricane Floyd," says Fred ldredgc, "We did 'high bird' above the flood and then 'low and slow' along the beach to photograph [he erosion, damage. and new inlet rhar had formed. We [distributed] the phorogmphs in real time by downloading them. Also, we provided pre- and post-damage assessments."

CAP members also have experienced personal tragedy while on the job. Recently. two CAP aircraft were assigned ro a counrerdrug operation in Norrh arolina to search for illcg:J1 marijuana plots. Fred Eldredge W:JS one of the pilots,

The two flight crews had lunch together before takeoff Each plane look off wirh three crew members. During the rni sion, tragically, one of the planes crashed. "Within an hour and a half of having lunch with my buddies, I W,L~ on the ground identifying their bodies," recalls Eldredge solemnly. 'Til never Forget ir."

More hallenges and changes lor 'AI' arc expected with the war on rem risrn and increased homeland security. "In [he pa t our real bread-and-burrcr mission has been SAlt We typically save GO co 70 lives a Y(';JI, linding downed aircraft and lost hikcrs, rccnhur explain .. But, he says, some nddirionnl mission n13Y he coming r rom various federal ugcnci .. "We can do things like radiation detection. For instance, if

you need to track dirty I radioactive] bomb componenrs on the ground, CAP could deploy 30 to 40 airplane up and down the highway to nnd [them]. Wc can patrol nuclear planes and military bases." CAP also has increased its number of New York-wing reservoir patrols raking surveillance officers up. cvcral times a day 1'0 check the 23 reservoi rs rhat provide the city's water supply.

Greenhut S,1YS he also has seen a change in the national perception of CAP since the terrorist arrack. "CAP is getcing a warmer reception now from various state agencies [that] couldn't see a need for Ollf 'little airplanes,' .. he comments. "We cern ro have a higher profile at rhc Pentagon, roo, as general officers have embraced the concept rhar CAP i. nor a flying club and that we are the auxiliary or the Air Force."

Todays AI' member. - or USAf

Auxiliary members - have a long and prestigious record of valuable service to rhc nation. As volunteers, they receive no retirement benefits afrcr years of service and usually no publicly acknowledged thanks from the citizens who benefit from their d dication. As [he horrific events of

ept. I I awoke the nation ro the rruc character of firefighters and police officers. whose br:LVC actions and sacrifice arc roo often taken for grarucd. so roo should we recognize lht: service and dedication of the Civil Air Patrol. *


THE CIVIL AIR PATROL (CAP) IS A HUMANITARIAN AND EDUCATIONAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION that serves and protects thousands of communities across the nation. It focuses on aerospace education, the cadet programs, and emergency services.

For adults, CAP offers a wide variety of opportunities for service - and you do not have to be a pilot to join. Many CAP volunteers help in a number of ways: assisting with search-and-rescue operations; working with the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency during disasters; helping with the cadet program for youth; transporting tlrne-sensitive medical materials and donated organs: running CAP's communications network, the most extensive In the nation; participating in the U.S_ Customs war on drugs; and serving as liaison between CAP aerospace education and schoolrooms.

For young adults between the ages 0112 and 21, the cadet program offers a is-step training regimen focused on aviation and aerospace activities. Ten percent of U.S. Air Force Academy appointees are former CAP cadets. While many CAP cadets learn to fly, all CAP cadets are exposed to the benents of developing good leadership skills.

In addition to the benefits of serving in a humanitarian organization, members of CAP are able to enroll In more than 300 U.S. Air Force correspondence courses at no cost. Through CAP's supply depot, members also have access to dis' counted aircraft parts and equipment. A monthly newsletter. Civil Air Patrol News, comes with membership.

For more information, call (800) 359-2338, or visit CAP's Web site via

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'Eyes of the

Civil Air Patrol is a humanitarian and educational nonprofit organization serving thousands of communities throughout America. Its three missions - emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education - are carried out by almost 62,000 CAP volunteers who share a common love for aviation and community service.

Prospective members can choose from more than 1,500 local CAP units coast-to-coast and in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The minimum age for enrollment as an adult is age 18, and all applicants undergo a routine fingerprint check for the protection of CAP cadets.


CAP has the resources already In place to support reconnaissance, aerial imaging, disaster relief, transportation and counterdrug missions nationwide. CAP has also demonstrated itself to be a cost-effective force multiplier for national homeland security.

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, more than 8,700 volunteer CAP members supported recovery efforts, providing transportation, reconnaissance and airborne imagery for dlsaster relief. CAP members have also assisted in security operations for NASA and national events such as the 2002 Winter Olympics. CAP has assisted various agencies in homeland security training and preparedness exercises throughout the nation.

CAP is continually researching and upgrading its technology to meet the

orne Skies'

- General John F. Jumper. USAF Chief of Staff

"For more than 60 years, Civil Air Patrol, the u.s. Air Force auxiliary, has selflessly served our great nation and the Air Force with integrity, pride and devotion. Beginning with CAP's anti-submarine coastal patrol missions of World War II - the original homeland security missions - and continuing with CAP's heroic deeds after Sept. 11, 2001, CAP has earned the enduring appreciation of a grateful nation as our country's 'eyes of the home skies.'"

needs of federal, state and local agencies. Included in CAP's developing capabilities are hyperspectral imaging, sensor technology, night vision and thermal imaging.


For more than 60 years, CAP has provided America's youth with exciting and challenging opportunities through its cadet programs. CAP cadets progress through a multi-step program through which they are recognized for excellence in leadership skills, physical fitness and academics. They also learn about military life, and experience drill and inspection competition.

Some $300,000 in scholarships, both academic and flying, are available to cadets each year. They can attend encampments and special schools to learn about engineering, radio communications. glider flight. and search and rescue. They can also travel overseas as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange.

CAP cadets stand at attention during the inspection competition at the National Cadet Competition at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Colorado Springs, Colo.

A Florida Wing Cessna flies a reconnaissance mission over the space shuttle Columbia's launch pad at Cape Canaveral In January 2003.


CAP focuses on schools and teach- CAP members support and promote

ers as a way to encourage and foster aerospace education in their local

civil aviation and aerospace educa- communities and often serve as sub-

tion. Through the Aerospace ject matter experts or mentors to stu-

Education Membership program, dents who are particularly interested

teachers can join CAP and receive in aviation and aerospace.

hands-on classroom activities and

materials to encourage learning throughout the curriculum. CAP has also written middle school and secondary-level textbooks on aerospace, both of which are used by CAP cadets, homeschoolers, and public and private schools.

Each year, CAP sponsors the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education, the world's largest conference for educators dedicated entirely to aerospace education and the development of the aerospace industry's future leaders and workers.

A third-grade teacher who is also a CAP Aerospace Education Member shares the principles of rocketry with young aviation


For information on CAP's three primary missions:

Emergency Services

Cade Programs

Aerospace Education

call toll-free: 877-227-9142

Or go to our Web site:

For media infonnation:

Go to and dick on Media Info for

- National press releases

- Current CAP Fact Sheet

- Current CAP Annual

Report to Congress - Downloadable photo gallery

- Current copy of Civil Air

Patrol News

- Online News Service or

- Call CA Public Relations at 334-953-5320

Civil Air Patrol NationalHeadquarte~ 05 S Hansen S Bldg 714 Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6332