In December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded by more than 150,000 citizens who were concerned about the defense of America’s coastline. Under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than 500,000 hours, were credited with sinking two enemy submarines and rescued hundreds of crash survivors during World War II. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation, and Congress passed Public Law 557 on May 26, 1948. CAP was charged with three primary missions – aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. With the passage of Public Law 106-398 in October 2000, Congress provided that “The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer civilian auxiliary of the Air Force when the services of the Civil Air Patrol are used by any department or agency in any branch of the federal government.”
CAP National Headquarters is located at Maxwell AFB, AL and is divided into seven regions as seen in Figure 1. Regions supervise a Wing that is comprised of each state, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC (National Capital Wing). Some states with larger memberships govern the local squadrons in Groups. Texas Wing has seven Groups. Group VI is responsible for 38 counties in North Central Texas and presides over 10 squadrons with over 360 members located across the western corridor of the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Figure 2 provides a Texas Wing Group and Squadron map.
Group VI serves all missions of CAP and works to build partnerships across our squadrons while integrating operational execution of Emergency Services and Disaster Relief missions. If you have any questions or needs, please feel free to contact us. To join a local squadron, please visit our Squadrons page to locate units close to you and contact the respective commander. You may find other units by visiting www.gocivilairpatrol.com.