If you’ve ever wondered what the Juneau Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron is all about, this is the open house for you. The Squadron invites adults and teenagers to join members of the all civilian, all volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force tonight from 6-8 p.m.
Organizers say the open house is part of the pre-anniversary observance designed to create a greater awareness of CAP’s presence and contributions in the community.
Juneau Squadron Public Affairs Officer Cadet Senior Airman Nick Hydock said the program has about 20 active members. Topics covered during squadron activities include search and rescue techniques and aerospace education.
Members of the squadron will be present to greet visitors and explain CAP’s missions for America.
Formed on Dec. 1, 1941, the organization performs more than 90 percent of all U.S. Air Force directed search and rescue and performs missions for NASA, FEMA, the DEA and other emergency and community organizations.
The Civil Air Patrol operates a teenage cadet program for girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 17 which includes considerable flight time and educational opportunities, and partners with the U.S. Air Force in recognized aerospace education programs for schools, the community, and the Civil Air Patrol membership.
There is no military obligation associated with membership, and it is not necessary to have a military or aviation background. Cadets also can earn college scholarships.