United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol
In December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Civil Air Patrol 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 monitoring Atlantic and Gulf Coast waters for 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.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.
Group 3, Ohio Wing, Great Lakes Region
Group 3 of the Ohio Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is located in the north-east portion of Ohio and has over 200 members in 6 subordinate units:
- OH 051, Youngstown ARS Composite Squadron, Vienna, OH
- OH 096, 96th Composite Squadron, Stow, OH
- OH 177, Mansfield 177th Squadron, Mansfield, OH
- OH 219, Medina County Skyhawks Composite Squadron, Wadsworth, OH
- OH 275, Akron-Canton Senior Flying Squadron, Green, OH
- OH 278, Akron-Canton Composite Squadron, North Canton, OH
Group 3 Command Staff
Lt Col Paul Creed III - Group 3 Commander
Lt Col Michael Ullman - Group 3 Deputy Commander