The Civil Air Patrol is the official United States Air Force Auxiliary. With more than 60,000 members, 1,700 units, and over 4,700 active aircraft it is by far the largest organization of its kind. For the past 60 years, CAP has aggressively performed its missions:
Emergency Services – Performs Search & Rescue missions and Disaster Relief, provides assistance to the Office of Emergency Services for transportation of personnel, rescue equipment, blood donations etc.)
Aerospace Education – CAP educates its members and the general public about aviation and aerospace.
Cadet Programs – A comprehensive program for youth (12-21) with skill and leadership-building activities, introduction to flying, aerospace education and participation emergency mission training.
CAP is a civilian organization, however as the Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, it comes as no surprise that it is organized along military customs, courtesies and ranks.
So who are we at Squadron 56?
Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 was first chartered as a CAP unit in 1967. We are based out of the Fullerton Airport in Fullerton, CA. A Composite Squadron involves activities and programs for both Cadets (Youth ages 12-21) and Senior Members (Over 18).