Civil Air Patrol


Since its honorable beginnings just seven days prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the Auxiliary to the United States Air Force is still performing missions for America. CAP continues to strive to fulfill its three US Congress chartered missions, Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. As the Auxiliary to the United States Air Force, CAP is a civilian non-profit organization that serves the community at the local, state, and national levels. The cadet program, for 12 to 21 year old girls and boys, focuses on helping to develop the young volunteers by fostering leadership and good citizenship. The cadet program was developed using aerospace education, with an emphasis on public service, and the use of Air Force role models.



Every year, the Civil Air Patrol:

  • Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet.
  • Flies approximately 112,000 hours annually.
  • Educates adult and cadet members and the community on the importance of aerospace.
  • Provides educators with free educational programs, products and services, including orientation airplane flights.
  • Conducts 90 percent of inland search and rescue in the U.S., as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and other agencies.
  • Performs aerial reconnaissance for homeland security.
  • Saves an average of 80 lives per year (100-plus in FY 2010).
  • Provides disaster-relief support to local, state and national organizations.


After nearly 15 years of community service from our base location at the Rialto Airport, Billie L. Le Clair Cadet Squadron 31 is proud to announce our relocation to Flabob Airport. Squadron 31 and the Civil Air Patrol as a whole are excited about this new venture with Flabob Airport and are looking forward to meeting new faces and providing continued support from this new location.


“We welcome the Civil Air Patrol and its’ Commander, Chris Mattson, and we’re looking forward to a long and successful partnership. Together, we believe we can use the fascination of flight to inspire lifelong learning,” said Bill Sawin, President and CEO of the Tom Wathen Center.


We are excited to join the Flabob family and welcome everyone to come by.  Our meetings are held on Monday nights from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM in Hangar 1.



For more information about the Civil Air Patrol, visit:

Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters


Billie LeClair Cadet Squadron 31


To contact the unit, please feel free to send an email to:


Chris Mattson, Major, CAP 

Commander, Billie L. LeClair Cadet Squadron 31
Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary


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