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Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’

posted Sep 2, 2015, 10:10 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 2, 2015, 10:13 AM ]

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.

In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,” expanding the Air Force’s descriptions of total force and Airmen to now consist of regular, Guard, Reserve, civilian and auxiliary members.

Historically, the broader term Airmen referred to uniformed and civilian members of the U.S. Air Force (officer or enlisted, regular, Reserve, or Guard) regardless of rank, component or specialty. (read more...)

Gen Mark A. Welsh announces Civil Air Patrol as fourth member of Air Force Total Force team.

posted Sep 2, 2015, 10:07 AM by Jessica Jerwa   [ updated Sep 2, 2015, 10:15 AM ]

Gen Mark A. Welsh announced today the official recognition of the Civil Air Patrol as the fourth member of the Air Force Total Force team. The official recognition reflects CAP’s key and continuing contributions to the Air Force mission working with the Active, Guard and Reserve components to provide the Air Force with a full spectrum of distinct and complementary capabilities. The 58,000 CAP members fly more than 100,000 flight hours per year in support of this mission, providing emergency services, aerospace education, and cadet programs for youth 12-20 years old, and will now be able to proudly call themselves Airmen while supporting the Air Force mission. Learn more about what this change means for CAP volunteers by watching this video from our national commander, Maj Gen Joe Vazquez. ‪#‎TotalForce‬‪ #‎CAPNC15‬

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