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Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 85 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 70 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 58,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. Congressionally chartered 75 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.  

Falcon Composite Squadron

Under the Arizona Wing of Civil Air Patrol, one of 52 Civil Air Patrol Wings in the United States, the Civil Air Patrol squadron in Mesa, Arizona was Chartered on         9 February 1966 as the Mesa Composite Squadron. On 22 July 1972 it was renamed/chartered its current name, the Falcon Composite Squadron 305. In October of 1973 it took occupancy of its current Headquarters Building on the Falcon Field Airport. In February 2017 the Squadron was expanded with the addition of a Civil Air Patrol Flight, located in Show Low, Arizona. Since its activation over 50 years ago, the members of this squadron have flown thousands of hours in support of Search & Rescue, Homeland Security/Counter Drug, Forest Fire Watch, Bombing Range and Air Intercept training for the U.S. Air Force, and Disaster Relief Operations. It has also excelled in both its Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs missions, leading the Arizona Wing many times in competitions and exercises


CAP is a youth development program that incorporates aviation and military customs and courtesies. Through their experiences as CAP cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's leaders throughout our communities. The leadership skills, self-confidence, and discipline cadets gain through CAP prepares them to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves in life. 

Cadets take part in orientation flights, learn to lead a team, aerospace education activities, work on physical fitness goals, and push themselves to new limits.

If you think you may be interested in a career involving aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.

To become a cadet, you must be at least 12 years old and not yet 18 years old.

Civil Air Patrol is a year-round program with weekly meetings and additional activities on weekends  and during the summer.

The Cadet Program is developed around five program elements:  Leadership, Character Development, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, and Activities.  

As cadets participate in these five elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way.

To learn more about CAP's Cadet Program see our meeting information so you can observe and talk with us.


Though Civil Air Patrol is best known for its flying missions, adults known as Senior Members, do many jobs in addition to flying. 

CAP adult members come from all walks of life, most with no prior military experience.

In emergency services and operations we need aircrew members, as well as ground team members to aid in the rescue of survivors. 

CAP needs communications personnel to relay critical messages when there is limited or no telephone support. 

Administrative staff and logistics personnel are needed to document missions and get critical assets in the field that are essential to conduct missions.

CAP also needs adults to support the cadet program. CAP has over 26,000 cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them. The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. 

CAP needs adults for its aerospace education program. In addition to educating our own members, CAP’s adult leaders provide training and resources to teachers who reach out to students of all ages.  Aviation and aerospace impacts the lives of Americans every day, and CAP works to ensure that citizens know the how valuable aviation and aerospace is in our world.

To learn more about CAP's Senior Program please see our meeting information page for an opportunity to talk with us.