Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol

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Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol
Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol logo.jpeg
The Wisconsin 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 Denese Helgeland
Vice CommanderUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Harvey Moss
Current statistics
Total Membership1011
Statistics as of September 2017[1]

The Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Wing headquarters are located in Madison, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Wing consists of over 1000 cadet and adult members at multiple locations across the state of Wisconsin.[2]


The Wisconsin Wing performs the three missions of the Civil Air Patrol: providing emergency services; offering cadet programs for youth; and providing aerospace education for both CAP members and the general public.[3]

Emergency services[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol performs emergency services missions, including search and rescue (SAR) missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Aircrews can perform visual and electronic searches, while ground teams home in on the search target with direction finding equipment. After a disaster, Civil Air Patrol personnel provide humanitarian support, including air/ground transportation, as well as an extensive communications network.[4]

Cadet programs[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol offers cadet programs for youth aged 12 to 21.[5] Cadets participate in CAP activities, practice leadership skills, and learn academic material. The curriculum of the cadet program is composed of physical fitness, leadership development, character development and aerospace education. Cadets may earn promotions and more advanced leadership positions as they progress through the program.[6]

Aerospace education[edit]

The Civil Air Patrol offers aerospace education to both its own members and the general public.[7]

The Civil Air Patrol provides aerospace education for CAP cadets and senior members by providing trips to conventions, airports, military bases, and other related places of aerospace interest.[8]

To educate the public, the CAP informs the general public about aviation and space activities and supports thousands of aerospace education workshops for teachers at colleges and universities around the country. The Civil Air Patrol also maintains working relationships with local education agencies and several national organizations such as the FAA, NASA and the Air Force Association to facilitate aerospace education in schools.[8]


Civil Air Patrol cadets stand under the wing of a CAP aircraft at Wittman Regional Airport.
Wisconsin CAP cadets raise the American flag at Wittman Regional Airport.
CAP cadets work together at the Wittman Regional Airport in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Wing is divided into six groups across the state, with each squadron being assigned as a component of a group based on its geographical location.[9]

Squadrons of the Wisconsin Wing[9][10]
Group Designation Name Location Notes
WI000 Wisconsin Wing Reserve Squadron Madison
North West Group WI037 La Crosse Composite Squadron La Crosse
WI053 Wild Rivers Composite Squadron Hayward
WI058 R.I. Bong Senior Squadron Superior
WI161 Eau Claire Composite Squadron Eau Claire
North Central Group WI135 Eagle River Composite Squadron Eagle River
WI183 Stevens Point Composite Squadron Stevens Point
WI194 Rib Mountain Senior Squadron Wausau
North East Group WI049 Tri-County Composite Squadron Menominee
WI055 Fox Cities Composite Squadron Appleton
WI166 248th Tactical Air Flight 169 Shawano
WI169 Brown County Senior Squadron De Pere
WI197 Door County Composite Squadron Casco
East Central Group WI002 Timmerman Composite Squadron Milwaukee
WI013 Sheboygan Composite Squadron Plymouth
WI046 461st Wisconsin Composite Squadron West Bend
WI086 Milwaukee Senior Support Squadron 10 Milwaukee
WI144 Ozaukee Composite Squadron Grafton
South East Group WI048 Waukesha Composite Squadron Waukesha
WI059 Racine Composite Squadron Racine
WI061 Milwaukee Composite Squadron 5 Milwaukee
WI064 Kenosha Composite Squadron Kenosha
WI184 Walco Composite Squadron Elkhorn
South West Group WI008 Rock County Composite Squadron Janesville
WI057 Colonel R.C. Jaye Memorial Composite Squadron Watertown
WI151 Green County Flight Oregon
WI153 Madison Composite Squadron Madison
WI196 Col Sac Composite Squadron Baraboo

Legal protection[edit]

Employers within the borders of Wisconsin are required by law to give their employees who are members of the Civil Air Patrol up to fifteen days annually (though no more than five consecutive days at a time) of unpaid leave if those employees are called to respond to an emergency as a part of the Civil Air Patrol. Employers are forbidden from discriminating against a potential employee due to his or her membership in the Civil Air Patrol.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "eServices, National Headquarters". Civil Air Patrol., login required
  2. ^ "2014 Statistics" (PDF). Capmembers.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Civil Air Patrol". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Emergency Services". Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Cadet Programs". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Cadet Programs". Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Aerospace Education". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Aerospace Education". Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Supplement 1 TO CAP Regulation 20-1" (PDF). Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Civil Air Patrol Unit Directory" (PDF). GoCivilAirPatrol.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  11. ^ "321.66  Leave for Civil Air Patrol service". Wisconsin Legislature. Retrieved 24 October 2017.

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