Contact: 2nd Lt Mark Silver, Public Affairs Officer
Civil Air Patrol, Reno Composite Squadron, Nevada Wing
For Immediate Release
December 1st marks the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Born out of what General Aviation could do for our country at the edge of war, CAP pilots patrolled coastlines and borders during WWII voluntarily with their own aircraft and are credited with sinking two enemy submarines and saving hundreds of merchant shipping vessel’s crew that were struck with torpedo’-s.
CAP has evolved as the benevolent volunteer Auxiliary of the US Air Force and part of the Total Force alongside Active, Reserve, and Retired Air Force. Its Charter approved by Congress states three main missions of CAP. Cadet programs aim to educate our youth in aerospace programs and leadership roles. Emergency Services performs such activities as doing 95% of inland searches in the continental United States, providing aid with aerial photography to FEMA, Homeland Security, US Forrest Service, and mercy transport missions. Finally, CAP provides aerospace education presentations and STEM kits to the youth and also the leaders of communities’ across the nation to ensure a strong aviation workforce.
With a fleet of 550 Cessna aircraft, the largest fleet of single engine planes in the world, CAP remains ever vigilant with over 56,000 volunteer members nationwide dedicated to service to their communities.
Reno Composite Squadron currently has 83 members made up of 40 cadets and 43 senior members.
RCS cadets will be marching in the Sparks Hometown Christmas parade Saturday Dec. 3rd, 2016.
Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 6pm., 601 S Rock Blvd, Reno, Nevada.
A 75th Anniversary Gala is being held for members at the Redhawk Golf Course at Wingfield Springs, 6pm Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Media are welcome to the event.