flightline Civil Air Patrol

Shreveport Senior Squadron LA 013

United States Air Force Auxiliary

Emergency Services:

Search and Rescue
Nationwide CAP handles almost 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75 lives saved each year. In addition, CAP members are dedicated to counterdrug reconnaissance and to teaching a new generation about aerospace and its impact on our future. And our cadet programs ensure our youth receive some of the finest leadership training the nation has to offer.

The call comes: You grab your survival gear and head out to mission base. The aircrews gather together to plan each flight. There is a sense of urgency but safety is paramount. Briefed for the mission, each crew in turn boards their plane. Checklists and inspections performed during every phase of flight. Every member counts, safety is always the first priority. Engines roar to life, radios chatter. Inside the cockpit only talk essential to the flight is spoken. An emergency signal! There, off to the right and getting stronger. Flying as low as allowed the crew looks for signs. There, 10 o'clock low is the objective, call in the location to base and ground teams. Would you like to be part of the action?

Disaster Relief
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Louisiana Wing during early summer of 2011 completed flying Aerial Search and Rescue (SAR) and Aerial Photography sorties in support of the Mississippi River Flooding Crisis. The aerial imagery obtained by Louisiana Wing was provided to the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), FEMA, the Louisiana National Guard, and other State and Federal agencies. Louisiana Wing flew over 180 sorties, and delivered over 7500 images of the flood-affected areas to assist our State and our communities with emergency preparations and disaster relief efforts.

Humanitarian Services
CAP flies humanitarian missions-usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

Air Force Support
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions.

Are you a pilot? How about the excitement of being intercepted by Military jets or helicoptors? As a CAP pilot you may perform missions to help train Air Force, National Guard, or Coast Guard crews in interception. Read more about it here.

CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.