Civil Air Patrol in the Valley 

    Do you have a desire to serve the Mat-Su community? Are you passionate about flying, theoutdoors, or even just challenging yourself to become a better, more capable person? Then you havewhat it takes to join the Civil Air Patrol here in the Valley!

    Our local squadron, the Mat-Su Minuteman Cadet Squadron, is looking for willing individualsto assist us in performing Civil Air Patrol's three missions: Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, and Aerospace Education. Anyone from age 12 and up can join.

    The cadet programs teach youth leadership skills, teamwork, military customs and courtesies, public speaking, and much more. Cadets have opportunities to fly in powered aircraft and gliders, attend national training courses on anything from search and rescue to politics, and can even apply for the International Air Cadet Exchange, a study-abroad program.

    On the senior member side, there are positions for everyone from pilots to teachers to administrative professionals. Everyone's skills can be used to better the squadron and increase our positive impact in the community. Are you interested in mentoring our Valley's youth? How about search and rescue work, disaster relief, or even radio and communications? We could use your help!

    To learn more about the squadron and how to join, please visit our website ( or check us out on

    Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 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 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

    The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 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 for more information.

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