Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron

CAPSQ1

 

Welcome to Civil Air Patrol’s Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron (United States Air Force Auxiliary) in Alexandria, Virginia.

As depicted within its heraldry, Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron was named in honor of the Space Shuttle Challenger, receiving its charter in 1983.

With over 58,000 members, 550 aircraft, and 960 vehicles, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer component of the United States Air Force that is tasked to perform real-world emergency services missions as directed by the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.  These missions include:  inland search and rescue; disaster preparedness; and disaster response.  In addition to our emergency services mission, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol performs homeland security missions across the nation.

The United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol also administers one of the best aerospace education programs of any organization that you will find.

Lastly, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol bolsters a premier cadet program of over 24,000 cadets strong.  By being a component of the United States Air Force, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol receives support by the worlds-greatest Air Force.  Members of the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard readily stand up to not only provide world-class training to our cadets, but more importantly they mentor our young members instilling not only the core values of the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol in them, but also the core values of the United States Air Force.

Civil Air Patrol received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans.  Congressionally chartered 74 years ago, the nonprofit organization also participates in Wreaths Across America and initiatives to remember, honor, and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. Military veterans.  Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information. 

“Semper Vigilans…”