Civil Air Patrol
Established as a benevolent organization in 1941, Civil Air Patrol’s key mission areas are aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. It is supported by almost 60,000 members nationwide.
In its Air Force auxiliary role, volunteers nationwide perform 85% of all federal inland search and rescue missions, saving nearly 100 lives every year. The organization also performs homeland security and disaster relief support.
Civil Air Patrol’s Aerospace Connections in Education program for K through 6, reaches thousands of students at no cost to participants, educators or schools.
In 2014, Civil Air Patrol was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, recognizing their dedicated service, technological and program enhancements.
What is the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
Each year, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is proud to recognize a select group of deserving aviation non-profit organizations nominated from members of the aviation community.