Greetings from the Wing Commander
One week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Civil Air Patrol was founded. The founding fathers of CAP felt that there was a need for such an organization to support the military and the civil population at the same time. With their determination and foresight it became reality. In 1947 President Harry S. Truman signed into law the creation of CAP as the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
There have been many changes since then, but always one goal. To be of service to our Communities, States, and Nation. During the nine eleven tragedies of 2001 CAP aircraft were the only civil aircraft that were allowed to fly supporting the missions requested by the U.S. Government.
Since then the members of CAP and in particular Ohio Wing CAP have always been in the forefront of the three missions of the organization, Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education.
Through our Emergency Services program we have responded to numerous natural disasters such as Katrina, and Sandy. We also work closely with the Ohio National Guard and USAF in support of their missions. Our Cadet program is one of the finest youth training programs available to young people ages 12 to 18. Our Aerospace Education program allows teachers and school administrators to become actively involved, and promotes aviation education with the highest quality materials available.
The Ohio Wing Civil Air Patrol web site is here to provide you with information for those who may wish to join, and also to those that are already members. For more information and to learn more about Civil Air Patrol on line or find a Squadron near you please go to www.gocivilairpatrol.com
Theodore L. Shaffer, Col, CAP
Ohio Wing Commander