Civil Air Patrol
United States Congress
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chartered, federally supported, non-profit
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corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary
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of the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
The United States Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of...
(USAF). CAP is a volunteer
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organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations. It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: emergency service
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s, which includes search and rescue
Search and rescue
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(by air and ground) and disaster relief
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Aerospace comprises the atmosphere of Earth and surrounding space. Typically the term is used to refer to the industry that researches, designs, manufactures, operates, and maintains vehicles moving through air and space...
education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth.