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 140 senior and cadet members, the squadron is 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 20 squadrons across the state, has more than 1,200 youth and adult members, 13 light aircraft and 22 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, 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 560 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. CAP is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 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. Performing missions for America for the past 76 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.