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Civil Air Patrol, the 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 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 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. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.

Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the wing on Facebook at

Howard Composite Squadron has been active in Howard County Maryland for over 45 years supporting Civil Air Patrol’s three primary missions of Emergency Services, Cadet Leadership training and Aerospace Education of its members and general public.

CAP Vision Statement

The nation’s finest citizens serving our communities with integrity, service, excellence and respect.

CAP Mission Statement

Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground service,

youth development and promotion of air and space power.

Civil Air Patrol Motto

"Semper Vigilans" (Always Vigilant)

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