Welcome to the website of the Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary.
On December 1, CAP celebrated our 75th birthday!
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was created by Administrative Order 9 in December 1941, with Maj. Gen. John F. Curry as the first CAP national commander. The organization was originally formed to provide civilian air support to aid the war effort of World War II through border and coastal patrols, military training assistance, courier services and other activities. These efforts were recognized and, after the close of the war, the Civil Air Patrol was transferred from the United States Army to the newly formed U.S. Air Force. Through the enactment of a Public Law by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Harry S. Truman, the Civil Air Patrol was incorporated as a non-profit organization of "volunteers and declared to be of a benevolent nature, never again to be involved in direct combat activities."
On December 10, 2014 the US Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Capitol Hill in honor of our founding members’ role in protecting the homeland against deadly German U-boat attacks during World War II and carrying out other vital wartime domestic missions. Dating back to the American Revolution, the Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor the United States Congress can bestow. This was only one of the early missions of the Civil Air Patrol and today we continue our Congressionally assigned missions of Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education (STEM). CAP has 52 wings, one for each state, one for Washington, DC, and one for Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands. These wings are divided into geographic regions.
Colorado Wing is a key member of the Rocky Mountain Region. Last year the Colorado Wing flew over 24,000 hours with its 16 aircraft. These missions included training and actual missions supporting search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, and orientation flights - introducing the world of aviation to youth and educators to support the "hands on" science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs across the State of Colorado. Our world-class cadet program for youth ages 12-20 provides an enriched leadership opportunity to help train the leaders of tomorrow. The most important asset of our region is our 1,800 unpaid professionals who stand ready to support the CAP Motto of "Semper Vigilans" (Always Vigilant). Colorado Wing Members demonstrate our commitment to serve using all the resources available whenever and wherever we are tasked, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are interested in working with youth, in emergency services or in support of our country’s homeland security and counter drug missions, then consider Civil Air Patrol. Please visit one of our 39 units on or Contact Us.