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PAUL J. KOLACKI, Captain, USAF Auxiliary

Captain Kolacki is a US Air Force Veteran, and has accrued more than 5,000 Hours of Flight Time while serving with the 552 AWAC Wing at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City (1981-1984).  He has seen duty throughout the world including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iceland, Okinawa, Germany, the UK, and around the US.  In 1997, he became a member of the US Air Force Auxiliary where he now serves as a Pilot, Pubic Relations, and Communications Officer. 
This page was constructed with the goal of educating individuals about the role of the Air Fore Auxiliary.
 

 

Civil Air Patrol History

In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their

 country.  As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Thousands of volunteer members answered America's

 call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air

Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims

 during World War II, are well documented.
 


After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies.  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.


Civil Air Patrol Mission
 

Today, CAP handles 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75 lives saved each year. Our members are generally the first on the

 scene transmitting satellite digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and providing disaster relief and emergency services following natural and

 manmade disasters, including such phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the south and central U.S., North Dakota

 flash flooding and the October 2006 earthquake in Hawaii, as well as humanitarian missions along the U.S. and Mexican border.


In addition, CAP members are dedicated to counterdrug reconnaissance and to teaching a new generation about aerospace and its impact on our future. And our

 cadet programs ensure our youth receive some of the finest leadership training the nation has to offer.


Unlike our founding CAP fathers, many of whom flew their own airplanes and performed life-threatening missions without any formal training, our more than 60,000

 members are now provided with top-notch, year-round professional development training opportunities and with aircraft equipped with the most advanced

 technologies available for search and rescue.



Indeed, Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact each and every day, going above and beyond to make a profound difference in America's communities. As a vigilant

 CAP volunteer, we save lives and preserve liberty for all.



Civil Air Patrol National Website


Civil Air Patrol North East Region

Civil Air Patrol New York Wing



Rochester Composite Squadron



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