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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



Congressional Gold Medal Status Update – 5/30/2014 

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.
CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. It is a major partner of Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information on CAP.
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. 

Search and Rescue

Civil Air Patrol is arguably best known for its Search and Rescue (SAR) activities. CAP now flies about 95 percent of inland SAR missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Outside of the continental United States, CAP directly supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. CAP is credited with saving an average of 100 lives per year.

Disaster relief

CAP is particularly active in disaster relief operations, especially in hurricane-prone areas such as Florida. CAP aircrews and ground personnel provide transportation for cargo and officials. Squadrons and Wings often donate manpower and leadership to local, state, and federal disaster relief organizations during times of need. In late 2004, several hurricanes hit the southeastern half of the United States, particularly Florida. CAP was instrumental in providing help to areas that were hit.

Humanitarian Service

The Civil Air Patrol conducts Humanitarian Service missions, usually in support of the Red Cross. CAP aircrews transport time-sensitive medical materials, such as blood and human tissue, when other means of transportation (such as ambulances) are not practical or possible. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, all general aviation was grounded. The first plane to fly over the destroyed World Trade Center was a CAP aircraft flying blood.

Air Force support

CAP performs several missions that are not combat-related in support of the United States Air Force. Specifically, this includes damage assessment, radiological monitoring (particularly over areas such as Yucca Mountain), transportation of officials, communications support and low-altitude route surveys.



Civil Air Patrol can become an exciting & rewarding part of your life!


Pilgrim Composite Squadron Cadet Color Guard!

2014 Massachusetts Wing Color Guard Competition

1st Place Color Guard Champions

    Cadets attend Summer Encampments conducted at Fort Devens
Cadet Orientation Flight Program is designed to introduce our youth to general aviation through hands-on orientation flights in single engine aircraft and gliders.
Contact us at:
Massachusetts Wing, Civil Air Patrol
P.O. Box 656 Bedford, MA 01730-0656
781-225-6540 (o)



Civil Air Patrol Information:


Wreath's Across America

Media Kit - Visit this section for information about the Civil Air Patrol


YouTube Video

YouTube Video

  • Coastal Patrol Base # 18 Dedication Video
  • 70 Years of Service Video
  • Mass Wing Remembers 9/11 Video
  • The Cadet Program
  • 2010 Summer Encampment Video
  • Mass Wing Newsletters - Check this section for the latest stories about Mass Wing and its Squadrons.
  • Brockton Squadron Rocketry Demonstation Video
  • Northeast Region Headquarters - Civil Air Patrol Website
  • National Headquarters - Civil Air Patrol Webpage
  • http://www.wwlp.com/news/local/hampden/civil-air-patrol-volunteers-train-at-barnes