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Massachusetts Wing, Civil Air Patrol

"Civil Air Patrol, America's Air Force Auxiliary, building the Nation's Finest

of citizen volunteers - performing Missions for America."   
--CAP Vision



Congratulations go out to all of the cadets who competed in the Massachusetts Wing Cadet competition on Saturday, 10/19/19, held at Hanscom Air Force Base. 

Best wishes to Hanscom Cadets who will be representing Massachsuetts Wing at the Northeast Region Cadet Competition in the spring. 

Great job everyone!



Lt Col Luke Pongratz, Hanscom Composite Sqdn, CAP has been selected to serve as Chair of the National Cadet Advisory Council (NCAC).

 NCAC provides an organization where cadets gain leadership experience & recommends improvements within the cadet program.

Congratulations Sir!


                                                                                                                                                                              Commander - Colonel John S. Flaherty                         




Contact us at:
Massachusetts Wing, Civil Air Patrol
P.O. Box 656 Bedford, MA 01730-0656
781-225-6540 (o)


Our Goal

Is provide a one stop shop for all information related to the Massachusetts Wing. From this site you can access supplements and forms as well as a staff roster. Connect with Massachusetts Wing and units on our social connection page and stay up to date with our wing calendar.

 Massachusetts Wing is made up of 12 squadrons  and more than 800 members. These dedicated volunteers preform 3 Congressional chartered missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Service.  Massachusetts Wing is part of the Northeast Region which includes 8 other states.

The Civil Air Patrol celebrating its service to America. Founded in 1941 the Civil Air Patrol defended our country during WWII. In 2014 Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of the heroic efforts of our World War II veterans.

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.

Missions for America

CAP is developing a sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) program to enhance its mission capabilities. All CAP wings will soon be able to support Air Force Assigned Missions with small Unmanned Aerial Systems across the nation.

Aerospace Education and STEM

Civil Air Patrol’s aerospace education mission promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM-related curriculum, activities and careers.

Today’s Cadets… Tomorrow’s Aerospace Leaders

Through their experiences as Civil Air Patrol cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's leaders.



Massachusetts Wing 2019 Squadron of Merit

The Bridgewater State University Composite Squadron was presented the 2019 Massachusetts Wing Squadron of Merit Award during the Awards Banquet recently held in Southbridge, MA


Massachusetts Cadet Receives Top Award (2019)

The General Carl Spaatz award is Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet honor. It is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education. 

Along the way they develop self-discipline, a strong sense of personal responsibility, the ability to lead and persuade, and the foundation necessary for pursuing a career in aviation, space, or technology. 

On average, only five cadets in one thousand earn the Spaatz Award and the Spaatz Award is arguably the most difficult honor to earn in the CAP cadet program.

It is truly an honor to have been a part of the presentation of this prestigious award to C/Col  Peter M. Spinelli Jr. at the 2019 Mass Wing/Northeast Region Conference.



Massachusetts Wing welcomes two new members of the CAP Congressional Squadron.



 Colonel Everett Hume, Massachusetts Wing Commander welcomes U.S Representatives Jim McGovern, representing the 9th Congressional District and Bill Keating, representing the 2nd Congressional District as members of the Congressional Squadron in two small ceremonies.

McGovern and Keating were awarded the rank of Lt Colonel, presented Civil Air Patrol membership certificates and invited to participate in CAP activities, including flying in any of the Massachusetts Wing CAP aircraft based in Massachusetts.

The Civil Air Patrol Congressional Squadron is open to Members of Congress and their staff members. Membership is honorary and carries a number of benefits.

Membership expresses the legislators’ support for CAP


Massachusetts Wing received its 2nd Aerospace Mission Award at the CAP National Conference.

The AE Mission Award identifies the best wing in aerospace education in each region. The AE Mission Award is based on information submitted by the wings to NHQ/AE using the Wing AE Activity Report. The contents of the activity report are evaluated in four major AE mission areas; staffing, internal CAPR 280-2 3 JUNE 2014 5 programs, external programs and AE Plan of Action (AEPOA).



Civil Air Patrol Honored at State House

Representative Kate Hogan and her colleagues hosted members of the Massachusetts Wing Civil Air Patrol at the State House on Monday, April 25. The Massachusetts Wing Civil Air Patrol performs services for the Commonwealth as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. The CAP members represent the Hanscom Composite Squadron, the Bridgewater State Squadron, Boston Cadet Squadron and the Minute Man Squadron; there are 13 total squadrons throughout Massachusetts. 

During their visit to the State House, CAP members performed the Pledge of Allegiance and the Posting of the Colors on the floor of the House of Representatives and received a citation recognizing Civil Air Patrol’s 75 years of service to the Commonwealth and to the country. Following those events, a brief presentation was held about Civil Air Patrol’s three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs. Finally, CAP members attended a “Meet and Greet” with Rep. Kate Hogan, Rep. Ken Gordon, Rep. Sarah Peake, and Rep. David Vieira. 


Massachusetts Wing of the Civil Air Patrol posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal to Taunton native, 1st LT Everett L. King. The ceremony was held at the Bridgewater State University, home of the Bridgewater State University Senior Squadron on December 7, 2015.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor Congress bestows as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Congress recently recognized Civil Air Patrol members who served from Dec. 1, 1941, to the end of hostilities in World War II on Sept. 2, 1945

Lt Everett King served the U.S. in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) by flying missions out of Coastal Patrol Base #18, located at the former Coonamessett Airport in Falmouth Massachusetts.

According to Colonel Everett Hume, Massachusetts Wing Commander who presented the medal to 1st Lt. Everett Kings daughters, Susan King, of East Taunton, MA and Jackie Sousa, of South Dennis, Ma. said "this award is well-deserved and recognizes the acts of heroism and bravery performed by your father". "When a nation called for heroes" Hume said, "Lt King answered the call".

Pictured are Susan King, Jackie Sousa and Col Everett Hume standing in front of the original 48-star U.S. flag that flew over Coastal Patrol Base #18 from May 1942 through December 1942 


Its Done! - President Signs CAP CGM Into Law


May 30, 2014 -- President signs the CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill into law.

On May 19, 2014, at 5:40 PM the House of Representatives passed the Senate CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill.

The House bill HR 755 has 354 cosponsors and the Senate bill S 309 had 83.

The Senate bill (S 309) passed the Senate on May 20, 2013.

Civil Air Patrol National Commander Joseph Vazquez looks on as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to Lester Wolff, a former member of Congress and Civil Air Patrol veteran, during a ceremony Dec. 10, 2014, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Vazquez and Wolff accepted the medal on behalf of the CAP World War II members. (U.S. Air Force/Andy Morataya)

The CAP Congressional Gold Medal bills award a single medal to Civil Air Patrol in honor of the unusual service of all of our CAP World War II veterans. Those CAP members still alive as well as the families of those who have passed will receive replica medals to commemorate their service at no cost to the government 

Our veterans, as volunteer unpaid civilians, conducted combat and humanitarian missions during a critical time of need for the nation. Amazingly, many flew their own aircraft on hazardous missions, in bad weather and often at their expense during the war. Others flew search and rescue, disaster relief, border patrol, forest fire patrol, target towing and other essential wartime missions. Still more members managed hundreds of airports and trained aviators for future service in the CAP and the military. Cadet members both trained to serve in the military as well as to serve their communities during the war. Many assisted with critical missions on the home front.


The Massachusetts Wing oversees all Civil Air Patrol operations and squadrons within the state. Our mission is "Committed to excellence in the execution of our missions of Emergency Service, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education in service to our members, our communities, and our nation. 
We are the civilian arm of the US Air Force. We have an award-winning youth program that promotes self-initiative, discipline, leadership and personal growth and development. Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. 
Civil Air Patrol volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Our members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 27,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs.
The members of Massachusetts Wing provide humanitarian aid during natural disasters, work closely with state and local emergency service agencies (law enforcement, fire, search and rescue) as well as the US Department of Homeland Security and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). We are a 501c3 "not for profit" that does all of this using dedicated volunteers from all over the State of Massachusetts!
Civil Air Patrol members consist of cadets (11 - 21 years old), and senior members (18+ years old). Our members come from all walks of life, but most have an interest in aviation, supporting the local communities, and or helping our nation's youth become better citizens of the United States of America. 


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