Brief History

The Civil Air Patrol was formed in 1941 by a group of ordinary American citizens concerned about the defense of America’s coastline. CAP pilots are credited with flying over 500,000 miles, the sinking of two enemy subs and the rescue of hundreds of crash survivors during World War 2. In July, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation. In October 2000, Congressional law established the Civil Air Patrol as a volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The Westchester Hudson Squadron, follows proudly in that tradition, helping to build America’s Community leaders by cultivating its core values of volunteerism, integrity, excellence, and respect through a variety of educational activities.

Today’s CAP Volunteer

Our primarily directive is oriented toward Search and Rescue. One major area of interest is in the air search aspect, encompassing a great deal of emphasis on flight activities. This automatically generates interest in aerospace education and attracts aspiring and active pilots. Other aspects of Search and Rescue involve ground search. We are looking for members who are interested in being trained in technical rescue, radio direction finding, survival, and a myriad of other Search and Rescue support functions.