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About CAP and Ohio Wing (OHWG)

Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

In Ohio, aviation leaders helped develop and create the Civil Air Defense which was converted when the Civil Air Patrol was founded and the Ohio Wing was created. By July, the wing numbered 3,282 men and women organized in nine groups and 39 squadrons, making the Ohio Wing the third largest CAP wing in the nation; over 4,200 members served in the Ohio Wing by 31 October 1942. Squadrons existed in Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati, Willoughby, Chagrin Falls, Ashtabula, Akron, Canton, New Philadelphia, Alliance, Mansfield, Marion, Wooster, Sandusky, Northfield, Lorain, Youngstown, Findlay, Lima, Van Wert, Defiance, Dayton, Middletown, Springfield, Athens, Marietta, Portsmouth, Zanesville, and Cambridge, and in the suburbs of the state’s larger cities.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 60,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

Research by Col Frank Blazich Jr (CAP Historian)

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