Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol

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Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol
Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol logo.png
The Alabama Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
Associated branches
United States Air Force
Command staff
Commander US-O6 insignia.svg Col. J. Brett Lewis
Vice Commander US-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col James Harris
Chief of Staff US-O4 insignia.svg Maj Talmadge Butler
Current statistics
Squadrons 19
Cadets 318
Seniors 523
Total Membership 841
Statistics as of 2018[1]

The Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol (ALWG) is one of 52 wings (50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.) in the Civil Air Patrol (the official United States Air Force Auxiliary).

Mission[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol has three missions: providing emergency services; offering cadet programs for youth; and providing aerospace education for both CAP members and the general public.[2]

Emergency services[edit]

The CAP actively provides emergency services, includes search and rescue and disaster relief operations, as well as assisting in the providing of humanitarian aid.[3]

Members of the Alabama Wing have practiced their ability to find downed planes by running a drill in which pilots searched from the air for practice beacons, and ground teams were then dispatched to the proper location.[4]

The CAP also provides Air Force support through conducting light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. The Civil Air Patrol can also offer support to counter-drug missions.[3]

Cadet programs[edit]

The CAP offers cadet programs for youth aged 12 to 21, which includes providing aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership to cadets.[5]

Aerospace education[edit]

The CAP provides aerospace education for both CAP members and the general public. Fulfilling the education component of the overall CAP mission includes training members of CAP, offering workshops for youth throughout the nation through schools, and providing education through public aviation events.[6]

Organization[edit]

Staff Sgt. Vernon McNabb, B Com., 1st Bn., 13th Avn. Regt., helps two cadets locate their next point during a land navigation exercise.
John Salvador, Civil Air Patrol's director of operations, at the CAP National Operations Center.
Squadrons of the Alabama Wing[7]
Designation Squadron Name Location Notes
AL005 Mobile Composite Squadron Mobile
AL024 Tuscaloosa Composite Squadron Tuscaloosa
AL029 Dothan Composite Squadron Dothan
AL032 Maxwell Composite Squadron Maxwell Air Force Base
AL041 Muscle Shoals Composite Squadron Muscle Shoals
AL055 Huntsville Senior Squadron Meridianville
AL075 Gadsden Composite Squadron Gadsden
AL087 Bessemer Composite Squadron Bessemer
AL090 117th ANG Composite Squadron Birmingham
AL113 Auburn Composite Squadron Auburn
AL117 Chilton County Composite Squadron Clanton
AL118 Pell City Senior Squadron Pell City
AL119 Redstone Composite Squadron Huntsville
AL126 Springville Cadet Squadron Springville
AL132 Central Alabama Senior Squadron Pelham
AL134 Cullman Composite Squadron Vinemont
AL135 Mountain Lakes Flight Guntersville

Legal protection[edit]

Civil Air Patrol members who are employed within the borders of Alabama are entitled to military leave of absence from their employment "without loss of pay, time, efficiency rating, annual vacation, or sick leave" under the Code of Alabama § 31-2-13 when training or other service related to the Civil Air Patrol.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "eServices, National Headquarters". Civil Air Patrol. , login required
  2. ^ "Civil Air Patrol". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Emergency Services". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  4. ^ McCarley, Ginny Cooper (24 November 2014). "CAP practices aircraft search and rescue". Shelby County Reporter. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cadet Programs". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Aerospace Education". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Alabama Wing Units". Alabama Wing Civil Air Patrol. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Alabama Code Title 31. Military Affairs and Civil Defense § 31-2-13". FindLaw. 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 

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