Welcome to the Johnston County Cadet Squadron - Civil Air Patrol

On behalf of all cadets and senior members of the Johnston County Cadet Squadron, welcome! We encourage you to browse our Web site to get a better understanding of the Civil Air Patrol and of our squadron. The Johnston County Squadron is a local, community-based unit of the North Carolina Wing, Civil Air Patrol, based at the Johnston County Airport near Smithfield, North Carolina. The North Carolina Wing is a subordinate unit of the Middle East Region of Civil Air Patrol, comprising seven other bordering wings within the region including South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

About Civil Air Patrol

To serve America by developing our Nation's youth; accomplishing local, state and national emergency and humanitarian missions; and educating our citizens on the impact of aviation and space.

-CAP Mission Statement


Civil Air Patrol is congressionally chartered as the United States Air Force Auxilary. The Civil Air Patrol is an all-volunteer auxilary with a very diverse and colorful history. Its congressionally mandated missions are currently managed by more than 60,000 members across the country, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Aerospace Education

The authority for CAP’s aerospace education mission is derived from Public Law 476, 11 July 1946. The law states that CAP is Congressionally chartered to provide “aviation education and training” (aerospace education) to cadet members, senior members, and the general public and inform our citizens about the importance of maintaining aerospace supremacy for America. In 1948, CAP became the civilian volunteer auxiliary of the newly-created United States Air Force and both organizations joined hands to promote aerospace education for the nation. The Cooperative Agreement and associated Statement of Work between the CAP and the USAF authorizes and encourages CAP to pursue the promotion of aerospace to its members and the general public. In 1953, CAP turned to the American school system, primarily grades K-12, as the best means to educate the general public on aerospace education. Today, CAP provides educational programs and products to schools to enrich their standard academic subjects using an aerospace theme. In 2008, the National Science Teachers Association endorsed aerospace education as an important component of pre K-12 science education programs. All of CAP’s aerospace education educational materials meet national academic standards, as CAP’s programs inspire teachers and students to explore aerospace subject areas, examine career opportunities and appreciate the Air Force’s role in maintaining aerospace supremacy to strengthen our nation’s security.

Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Mission

CAP’s aerospace mission provides aviation and space education and training to cadets, senior members and the general public. CAP also educates its members and the general public on the important role aviation and space play and will continue to play in America’s future. Additionally, CAP encourages our nation’s youth to consider aerospace careers and promotes civil aviation to local communities. The US Congress and the USAF bestowed this responsibility on CAP, and this mission is accomplished through implementation of aerospace education programs by CAP volunteers.

Emergency Services

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 service missions.

Search and Rescue (SAR)

Perhaps best known for its search and rescue efforts, CAP now flies more than 85 percent of all inland SAR missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. Overseas, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are CAP missions? More than 100 people are saved every year by CAP members!

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Disaster Relief


Civil Air Patrol plays a vital role in disaster relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transporation, as well as an extensive communications network. CAP flies disaster relief officials to remote locations and support local, state, and national disaster relief organizations with manpower,logistics, and leadership support. An important aviation resource for state and local government, CAP also flies siginificant aerial imagery missions before and after manmade (such as the 2010 Gulf of Mexico/Deepwater Horizon oil spill), and natural disasters. In fact, CAP has formal agreements with many humanitarian relief agencies such as the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

Recent developments in CAP's Disaster Relief mission include the introduction of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and Points of Distribution (PODs). North Carolina wing has become active in both programs, dramatically enhancing CAP's mission set in Disaster Relief. During Hurrican Irene in 2011, North Carolina Civil Air Patrol played a vital role in providing POD with food, water, ice, and tarps distribution in both Hyde and Beaufort counties. CAP provided over 60 personnel at multiple locations for over six days of sustained distribution operations.

Humanitarian Services

Closely related to Disaster Relief is CAP's support of humanitarian missions. Usually in support of the Red Cross, CAP aircrews transport time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue in situations where other means of transportation are not possible.

Other Missions

Air Force Support: Its hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the United States Air Force (USAF). Specifically, CAP conducts damage assessment, radiological monitoring, light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. Joint USAF and CAP SAR exercises sharpen the skills of all participants and offer realistic training for a deadly serious mission. North Carolina Civil Air Provides support to the North Carolina Army National Guard by participating in Operation Point Defender, an annual exercise that tests the security of the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Brunswick County, NC.


Counterdrugs: CAP joined the 'war on drugs' in 1986 when CAP signed an agreement with the USAF and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to be used to stem the flow of drugs into the United States. Today, CAP has similar agreements with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). CAP has made major contributions to the counterdrug fight by providing aerial reconnaissance, airborne communications support, and airlift of law enforcement personnel.

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The above was adopted from CAP Manual 50-2, Marketing and Public Relations, CAP National Headquarters, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Cadet Programs

Civil Air Patrol's first cadet program was started during World War II as a way to provide training for future pilots. Since then, the program has flourished, combining Aerospace Education with Leadership and Career training.

Today, CAP cadets are those members who join between their 12th and 18th birthday. Cadets who turn 18 may either become a Senior Member or remain a cadet until 21 at their own discretion. Cadets who join the military automatically become senior members when they receive their first orders.


As a cadet progresses through the cadet program, they earn various achievements by successfully passing both leadership and aerospace education tests. Test questions are derived from reading materials supplied to cadets, but the program is also designed to allow cadets to fill ever-increasing leadership roles that are pertinent to their Leadership Studies questions.

As cadets advance through the ranks, they also progress through four stages of development. The first phase, The Learning Phase, introduces cadets to the CAP program, and cadets who pass all requirements receive the Wright Brothers award. The second phase, The Leadership Phase, begins placing more responsibility on cadets as leaders of newer cadets. Cadets who complete The Leadership Phase receive their Mitchell Award, and are eligible for advanced promotion upon enlisting in the military. The third phase, The Command Phase, places cadets directly in command of other cadets, allowing cadets to accomplish tasks through their staff members for the first time. Cadets who complete The Command Phase are awarded the Earhart Award. The Executive Phase is the last phase of the cadet program, and focus cadets on the operations of an entire unit. Cadets completing the command phase are awarded the Eaker Award, and may be awarded the Spaatz Award upon passing an extensive cumulative test.

As cadets progress through the program, they are placed in charge of lower ranking cadets. Cadets aren't given full reign over the others, but instead are expected to instruct classes and mentor each other. Senior Members also play a large role in mentoring and evaluating cadets. The numerous awards, achievements, and opportunities available to Civil Air Patrol cadets allow them to foster their leadership in an academic and forgiving environment.

The above was adapted from Wikipedia. Click here to access the source.

What cadets are saying about the Johnston County Squadron?

I have acquired knowledge and experience which will prepare me for any future situations requiring leadership skills, physical endurance, teamwork, and knowledge of the military.
I like the Johnston County squadron because even if you're a new cadet, they still treat you with respect. New cadets are allowed to participate in the meetings and activities just like the other cadets.
Physical Training day is extremely fun. Being around aircraft and seeing planes take off from the airport runway is also pretty cool.
This squadron has helped me with my leadership skills.
I like the Johnston County squadron because of the leadership opportunities and the way we're treated. I like that they provide classes that help with progressing through the ranks.