Who We Are
Civil Air Patrol - The Civilian Auxiliary of the United States Air Force
For Patriots ages 12 and up, Civil Air Patrol is a vital force that protects Americans in need by responding to disaster, preserves the values that make our country great by developing young leaders and ensures our country's preeminence in Aerospace and Cyberspace Education.
With just over 2000 members in 22 squadrons across the state, the Virginia Wing of Civil Air Patrol uses its 29 vehicles and 12 single engine aircraft to serve the local community. In 2019, we participated in 8 Search and Rescue missions (with 8 finds), 23 air defense intercept training and evaluation missions, 11 AFROTC & AFJROTC cadet orientation flight missions, and more. Our pilots flew over 2176 hours in training time and service to the community. Nationally, it is estimated that Civil Air Patrol volunteer hours are valued at over $167 million as we perform missions for America.
Virginia Wing serves our communities and provides opportunities for our members through agile emergency services, a vibrant cadet program, and aerospace education. We are a strong wing with new growth and new mission development as we continue to pursue excellence.
We accomplish this by supporting our volunteers with quality training and relevant experiences to increase their knowledge, build their skills, and empower them to make their fullest contributions to the success of Civil Air Patrol's missions for America.
Remobilize, reengage, and return to normalcy...all while maintaining safety.
Our Priorities...as set by Colonel Sydow
- Safely emerge from the pandemic
- In-person squadron meetings
- Summer activities
- Rebuild membership and grow beyond previous
- Expand our diversity
- New and expanded missions
- Aerospace Education outreach
- Cadet Program excellence
- Long term: new units
- Develop our members
- Onboarding new members
- Education and training
- Mission skills
- Build the bench
- Remove unnecessary barriers to success
- Develop partnerships
- Expand existing
- Develop new
- Training with neighboring wings