Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302, located at Deer Valley Airport in north Phoenix, is part of the Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. With more than 90 senior and cadet members, the squadron is one of the largest in the Arizona Wing. Squadron members participate in emergency services missions — from the air in a CAP Cessna 182 airplane and also as part of the Wing’s award-winning ground search and rescue team. Squadron 302 also boasts a top-ranked cadet color guard. Extensive training is provided to both senior members and cadets in order to prepare them to fulfill the CAP’s missions and serve our community.
The Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with 19 squadrons across the state, has more than 1,050 youth and adult members, 15 light aircraft and 23 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available when CAP is tasked to support missions that may also involve federal, state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. For more information on the Arizona Wing of CAP visit the wing’s website and Facebook page.
Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and more than 2,000 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% 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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to about 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.