Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol
6275 Crossman Lane
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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A Cost Effective Force Multiplier.
Stemming from our World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol continues to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions. With over 1,200 volunteers in 22 squadrons throughout our great state, Minnesota Wing stands ready to serve our communities and country.
CAP provides a compelling and cost effective solution for state and local authorities as well as our federal government. Air Force-assigned missions coordinated through the CAP National Operations Center at Maxwell AFB are done so at an approximate cost of only $160 per flying hour for air assets. Ground assets are available at little to no cost.
Perhaps best known for our search-and-rescue capabilities, trained ground teams and aircrews from Minnesota Wing are ready to respond at any time. Nationally, CAP conducted more than 90 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, FL. On average, more than 70 lives are saved each year through CAP's efforts.
CAP provides air and ground transportation and maintains the most extensive VHF and HF communications network in the nation. Minnesota Wing members fly assessment sorties over impacted areas, such as the Red River Valley, and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. Nationally, CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. Within Minnesota, we maintain agreements with the Department of Natural Resources and numerous local agencies.
It's hardly surprising that the Minnesota Wing performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force, including providing orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP exercises provide realistic training for Homeland Security missions.
Note: Funding is typically provided by the requesting agency.
Minnesota Wing conducts a variety of operational missions primarily in the areas of Search And Rescue (SAR), Disaster Relief (DR), and Homeland Security (HLS).
Citizens Serving Communities.
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