Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I-Watertown) would like to congratulate his fellow members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) on their 80th Anniversary, which falls on December 1. An auxiliary of the United States Air Force, today CAP has over 61,000 volunteers enlisted on their missions, which include emergencies, cadet programs, and aerospace education.
“Joining CAP has been another great way to serve our nation and feel connected to our service members and our nation’s history,” said Walczyk. “I encourage anyone interested in flight, history or public service to learn more about the Civil Air Patrol and consider joining this great auxiliary branch of our armed forces.”
Historically, CAP has played a key role in our nation’s defense as “sub-chasers,” helping to stop the loss of American and Allied lives and merchant vessels during wartimes. Additionally, the heroism of CAP members was vital during Pearl Harbor. Having just been officially recognized by Congress less than one week before the attack, they quickly performed aerial patrols along U.S. coastlines.
CAP also assists on the home front with search and rescue operations, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol and transporting critical supplies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CAP members have donated over 40,000 days of service to their communities.
CAP members also include more than 475 chaplains who provide counseling services for soldiers and their families, as well as disaster victims. Through its aerospace education programs, CAP reaches tens of thousands of school-age children focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and encourages a substance-free lifestyle. CAP is also a partner in Wreaths Across America, a military tradition wherein wreaths are placed on the graves of veterans and fallen soldiers at cemeteries across the nation.
To learn more about the New York Civil Air Patrol, please go to nyw.cap.gov.