Utah Wing Civil Air Patrol

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Utah Wing Civil Air Patrol
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The Utah 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 Michael Fernandez
Vice CommanderUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Jason Hess
Chief of StaffUS-O4 insignia.svg Maj Inken Christensen
Current statistics
Total Membership736
Statistics as of July 2017[1]

The Utah Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in the state of Utah. Utah Wing headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2] The Utah Wing consists of over 700 cadet and adult members in 14 locations across the state of Utah.[3]


The Utah Wing performs the three primary missions of the Civil Air Patrol: Emergency Services; Cadet Programs; and Aerospace Education for both Civil Air Patrol members and the general public.[4]

Emergency Services[edit]

Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

Search and Rescue (SAR)

Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Approximately 75-100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

Disaster Relief

Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Humanitarian Services

CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

Air Force Support

It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions.


CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.[5]

Cadet Programs[edit]

While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic).

Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.[6]

Aerospace Education[edit]

CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program. Aerospace educators at CAP's National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence. Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external. The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems. CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system. Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people. These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology. CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials..[7]


Squadrons of the Utah Wing[8][9]
Designation Squadron Name Location Notes
UT-007 Salt Lake City Senior Squadron Salt Lake City
UT-017 Castle Valley Composite Squadron Price
UT-024 St George Composite Squadron Saint George
UT-027 Weber Minuteman Composite Squadron Layton
UT-048 Phoenix Cadet Squadron Taylorsville
UT-049 Cache Valley Composite Squadron Logan
UT-053 Sevier Valley Cadet Squadron Richfield
UT-067 Thunderbird Cadet Squadron Salt Lake City
UT-069 Cedar Mustangs Composite Squadron Cedar City
UT-080 Blackhawk Cadet Squadron Draper
UT-083 Phantom Composite Squadron Provo
UT-088 88th Composite Squadron Sandy
UT-117 Uintah Wilderness Cadet Squadron Vernal
UT-801 UMA Cadet Squadron Riverdale

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "eServices, National Headquarters". Civil Air Patrol., login required
  2. ^ "Utah Wing > Contact Us". Utah Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  3. ^ "2014 Statistics" (PDF). Capmembers.com. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Civil Air Patrol". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Emergency Services". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Archived from the original on 9 November 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Cadet Programs". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Archived from the original on 3 December 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Aerospace Education". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Utah Squadrons". Utah Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Civil Air Patrol Unit Directory" (PDF). Gocivilairpatrol.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.

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