We are the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a Congressionally chartered, federally supported, non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force.Â We are a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations.
A not-for-profit organization, the Civil Air Patrol performs a variety of varied and interesting missions to aid our nation and its citizens.
We have three types of squadrons: senior squadrons (focused primarily upon emergency services),Â cadet squadronsÂ (focused upon cadet programs) and composite squadrons (who combine both elements).Â Our state-wide Wing is geographically divided into six “Groups” across the state.
The Georgia Wing conductsÂ search and rescue missionsÂ for lost aircraft and persons- and always on a volunteer basis.Â We have an award-winningÂ cadet programÂ that promotes self-initiative, discipline, leadership and personal growth and development.
The Georgia Wing has recently been tasked withÂ homeland securityÂ and courier service missions and performs non-auxiliary missions for governmental and private agencies, such as local emergency management agencies, local law enforcement and the American Red Cross.Â We work closely with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).Â As disaster recovery volunteers we are often at the forefront helping Federal, state and local disaster agencies with a range of dedicated and highly trained volunteers from across the country.
The Georgia Wing provides help to other states during national disasters, such as providing extensive photo recon during the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill as well as national disasters across our region.Â CAP units from across the state of Georgia pitch in to help in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding.Â We are often called upon to assist in the transport of human tissue or blood, provide photo reconnaissance or as well as provide auxiliary support for the US Air Force.
Founded just prior to World War II in 1941, our volunteer pilots, ground crews and thousands of other volunteers across Georgia and across the nation follow our motto: “Semper Vigilans” (Always Vigilant).