This is the US Air Force/Civil Air Patrol
PAUL J. KOLACKI, Captain, USAF
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
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
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
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:
education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
Civil Air Patrol
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
manmade disasters, including such phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina,
Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the south and central U.S., North
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
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
Civil Air Patrol
North East Region
Civil Air Patrol New York Wing
Rochester Composite Squadron
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