About Us:

In December of 1941 the Montana Civil Air Patrol Wing was established under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces. On July 1, 1946 President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.

The Montana Wing currently has 5 Cessna 182 aircraft and 11 corporate vehicles. The aircraft and ground crews are equipped with specialized search capabilities for locating downed aircraft and personal locator beacons utilizing the 121.5 MHz emergency frequency. The aircraft and corporate vehicles also contain VHF-FM radios for communicating with State & Federal Law Enforcement agencies.  Our wing has continued its emergency services mission by taking part in search & rescue missions and regular training across the state as well as assisting with a number of searches for lost aircraft or persons from the air and ground. We have also assisted in surveying flood damage, storm damage, forest fires, and other natural disasters that occur in our area while working with local State & Federal agencies.

Our Wing and Local Squadrons work with cadets to fulfill our aerospace education and cadet program mission. Local Squadrons have weekly meetings with senior members as well as cadets. During these meetings cadets receive training in aerospace education, emergency services, physical fitness, leadership, color guard and more. Cadets that work through the leadership ranks are given opportunities for orientation flights with our qualified mission pilots. This is a great opportunity for cadets under the age of 18 to get a jump start towards their pilot certificate if desired and flight school scholarship opportunities are available. Cadets may also take part in encampments to further hone their skills while working alongside cadets from other squadrons. Though enlistment is not required, cadets that earn the Mitchell award are eligible for a higher pay grade when enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army or U.S. Coast Guard.

For senior members, being a pilot is not a requirement to join Civil Air Patrol. There are a number of jobs available that have nothing to do with flying. We encourage anyone that is interested to attend a local meeting and see if there is anything of interest to you.

For more information see the How to Join FAQ's on our National CAP Website.

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