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PERFORMING MISSIONS FOR AMERICA.

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a unique organization both in it's capabilities and it's organizational structure.  The CAP is a federally supported, non-profit corporation that also serves as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force when performing missions for the federal government. CAP can conduct missions either as an auxiliary of the Air Force or in its corporate status. As a nonprofit organization, CAP has a unique relationship with the Air Force, which may use CAP’s services to fulfill its non-combat programs and missions.


Minnesota is one of 52 Wings of the Civil Air Patrol and is comprised of 22 squadrons located throughout our great state. Minnesota Wing has a proud and distinguished history of selfless service to our country and community dating back to the early days of World War II.

THE OFFICIAL U.S. AIR FORCE AUXILIARY.

On The Air Force Team Since World War II.

In 1943 CAP became an auxiliary of the Army Air Corps and ultimately the U.S. Air Force. Congress codified CAP’s status as an auxiliary of the Air Force when performing missions for a “department or agency in any branch of the Federal government”.


In accordance with U.S. Code Title 10, Section 9442, the CAP and its members are deemed to be instrumentalities of the United States with respect to any act or mission of the CAP while carrying out missions assigned by the Air Force.

CAP Vision.

“Civil Air Patrol, America’s Air Force auxiliary, building the nation’s finest force of citizen volunteers serving America."

CAP Mission.

"Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power."

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CAP Core Values.

  • Integrity
  • Volunteer Service
  • Excellence
  • Respect
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THE PRIVATE NON-PROFIT CORPORATION.

Established 1 December 1941.

CAP is a Congressionally chartered, federally supported, non-profit corporation in accordance with U.S. Code Title 36, Sections 40301 - 40307.


As contained in U.S. Code 36, Section 40302, the objectives and purposes of CAP are to:

THE GREMLIN.  

Based on Roald Dahl's book The Gremlins, the Gremlin character that graces the Minnesota Wing patch was designed by Walt Disney Studios and dates back to World War II.  In a display of patriotism, Walt Disney Studios created hundreds of emblems for the U.S. military during World War II.  In March 1943, Minnesota Wing submitted a request to Disney asking for permission to use one of their Gremlins in an emblem. Disney agreed and designed the insignia. Since that time, the Gremlin has been proudly used by Minnesota Wing.

MN Wing Gremlin