Civil Air Patrol performs three congressionally assigned missions: emergency services, including air and ground search and rescue (ASAR/GSAR) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth.
Green River Composite Squadron
Green River Composite Squadron meets in Auburn, Washington, and draws membership from the South King County area. One of the Wing's Cessna 182s, used for cadet orientation flights and mission flying, is hangared at Auburn Municipal Airport (S50).
- Unit Commander: Capt Alex Lepeska
- Meetings: Thursday, 1830-2100 hrs
- Location: Overcomer Covenant Church, 33415 Military Rd S, Auburn, WA (South End of the campus)
Locally, Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol members operate a fleet of 23 vehicles and 14 aircraft (Cessnas 172s, 182s, and a 206, as well as 2 Blanik gliders) for inland search and rescue missions and cadet orientation flight instruction. The wing is comprised of 744 adult members (ages 18+) and 626 cadets (ages 12-21), organized into 27 squadrons, who contributed a value of $4.9 million in volunteer hours to their local communities and the state of Washington in 2016.
Overview of Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.