Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol

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Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol
Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol logo.png
The Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
Associated branches
United States Air Force
Command staff
CommanderUS-O6 insignia.svg Col Rajesh U. Kothari
Vice CommanderUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Eric V. Scott US-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Antonio C. Gutierrez
Chief of StaffUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Paul O. Kloehn
Current statistics
Total Membership1,419
Statistics as of 2018[1]

The Michigan Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in the state of Michigan. Michigan Wing headquarters are located in Selfridge Air National Guard Base.[2] The Michigan Wing consists of over 1,400 cadet and adult members at over 42 locations across the state of Michigan.[3]


The Civil Air Patrol performs three primary missions: providing emergency services in support of federal, state and local agencies; offering cadet programs for youth; and providing aerospace education for both CAP members and the general public.[4]

Emergency services[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol conducts search and rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The Civil Air Patrol also assists in disaster relief efforts by providing air and ground digital imagery, key personnel transportation, and conducts a national radio communications network. The Civil Air Patrol provides Air Force support, including light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys, and assists in counter-drug missions. Michigan members are trained to NIMS compliance.[5]

Cadet programs[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol runs a cadet program for youth ages 12-21. Cadets receive orientation flights in small aircraft as part of their overall aerospace education, learn to lead, participate in a variety of national, state and local activities and improve their physical fitness. Michigan cadets meet 2.5 hours per week and one weekend per month on average. They also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other special activities during the spring and summer.[6]

Aerospace education[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol offers education for its own members and the general public. Education to the general public is offered by providing workshops for educators and youth throughout the nation through schools and public aviation events.[7] Cadets may attend Flight Academies, Model Rocketry, RC Airplanes, and Orientation Flights in both a Cessna and a glider.[8]


As of 2012, the Michigan Wing has 10 Single-Engine planes and 1 glider. They have 16 Vehicles, mainly 9-10 seat vans split between the squadrons. They have 13 VHF/FM Repeaters and 175 VHF/FM stations, with 27 HF stations.[9]


Firefighter TSgt Kurt Brunsman aids a tornado casualty portrayed by a Civil Air Patrol Cadet during a tornado response exercise held at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.
SSgt Chandra Corrado and SSgt Linda Treat apply moulage to a Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol member; who portrayed a tornado casualty during a tornado response exercise.
Fire Fighters Jason Collier and Anthony Shreve aid a casualty of a simulated tornado played by Civil Air Patrol member Amanda Shields during 127th Wing's Tornado Response exercise.
Squadrons of the Michigan Wing[10]
Designation Squadron Name Location Notes
MI001 Michigan Wing Headquarters Selfridge ANGB
MI002 Owosso Composite Squadron Owosso
MI007 Livingston Composite Squadron Howell
MI009 Kalamazoo Composite Squadron Portage
MI011 Blue Water Composite Squadron Shelby Township
MI015 Wolverine Composite Flight Benton Harbor
MI022 Copper Country Composite Squadron Calumet
MI036 Sanilac Flight Cass City
MI059 Adrian Composite Squadron Adrian
MI063 Monroe Composite Squadron Monroe
MI068 Sixgate Composite Squadron Farmington Hills
MI073 South Oakland Cadet Squadron Farmington
MI075 Lt Col Keehn Composite Squadron Flushing
MI094 Highpoint Composite Squadron Cadillac
MI096 Bay de Noc Flight Escanaba
MI117 Van Dyke Cadet Squadron Fraser
MI119 Lakeshore 119 Composite Squadron Muskegon
MI131 Traverse City Composite Squadron Traverse City
MI135 Hudsonville Metro Cadet Squadron Hudsonville
MI165 Cass River Composite Squadron Caro
MI176 176th Selfridge Composite Squadron Selfridge ANGB
MI183 Livonia Thunderbolt Composite Squadron Livonia
MI190 Grand Rapids Senior Squadron Grand Rapids
MI192 Bishop Airport Senior Squadron Flint
MI201 Dickinson County Flight Kingsford
MI214 Jackson Composite Squadron Jackson
MI222 Ionia Flight Ionia
MI238 Oakland Composite Squadron Pontiac
MI241 Major Joe Koch Memorial Cadet Squadron Columbiaville
MI243 Thunder Bay Flight Alpena
MI248 Kellogg Field Senior Squadron Battle Creek
MI250 Battle Creek Flight Battle Creek
MI257 Scott M. Burgess Composite Squadron Grand Ledge
MI260 Willow Run Composite Squadron Ypsilanti
MI261 Bay City Cadet Squadron Bay City
MI265 Grand Rapids Metro Cadet Squadron Grand Rapids
MI271 Mustang Cadet Squadron New Hudson
MI276 Lapeer Composite Squadron Attica
MI277 Au Sable Valley Cadet Squadron Cadillac
MI610 Gaylord Senior Squadron


MI655 Maj Kevin A Adams Memorial Composite Squadron Ann Arbor
MI999 Michigan Wing State Legislative Squadron Lansing

Legal protection[edit]

Under the Civil Air Patrol Employment Protection Act, employers in the state of Michigan are required by law to grant a leave of absence to their employees who are members of the Civil Air Patrol, when those employees are deployed to an emergency mission. An employer may not discriminate against, discipline, or discharge an employee for being a member of the Civil Air Patrol or for taking a leave of absence to assist in an emergency mission.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "eServices, National Headquarters". Civil Air Patrol., login required
  2. ^ "Michigan Wing Financial Management Procedure 01A" (PDF). Capmembers.com. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  3. ^ "2014 Statistics" (PDF). Capmembers.com. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Civil Air Patrol". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Emergency Services". Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Archived from the original on 19 July 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Cadet Programs". Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 7 November 2015.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Aerospace Education". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Archived from the original on 2015-11-14. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Aerospace Education". Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Archived from the original on 19 July 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  9. ^ https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/media/cms/Leg_Day_MI_Wing_HiRes_6D9126C33B4BD.pdf
  10. ^ "Civil Air Patrol Unit Directory" (PDF). Gocivilairpatrol.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Civil Air Patrol Employment Protection Act". Michigan Legislature. 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2017.

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