Ground Team Links

Here you will find some useful links to outfit your duty rigs for search and rescue.  I will eventually categorize them into a more useful manner.  If anyone has any links/sites they wish me to add please feel free and email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

I recently found this while searching the web.  If anyone wants to know what to have in their ES Gear this is a perfect link to use.  The links following this message is where to aquire the items.  So again here is the link for the gear GT-Gear

First Aid

   First Aid Products

MOLLE Rigs, Harnesses and Packs

  Ops Gear (my personal favorite)
   London Bridge Trading Co.


   Ops Flight Deck

   Major Surplus

   Tactical Distributors

   Botach Tactical

Rescue Rigs

   N.A. Rescue

CAP Links

Here you will find some interesting and usefull links to help you in your day to day duties in Civil Air Patrol.

WIMRS                E-Services

CAP Talk 
CAP Gear 
CAP Blog 

Rack Builder (Ribbons) -
Here is a link I found for CAP Ribbons, it has pictures and descriptions of what each ribbon is awarded for. 
Here is another useful link regarding the ribbons and their arrangement on our uniforms.
CAP Channel


History Of CAP

Civil Air Patrol was conceived in the late 1930s by aviation advocate Gill Robb Wilson, who foresaw general aviation's potential to supplement America's military operations. With the help of New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, in his capacity as then-Director of the Office of Civilian Defense, CAP was created with Administrative Order 9, signed by LaGuardia on 1 December 1941 and published 8 December 1941. Major General John F. Curry was appointed as the first National Commander.

During World War II, CAP was seen as a way to use America's civilian aviation resources to aid the war effort instead of grounding them. The organization assumed many missions including anti-submarine patrol and warfare, border patrols, and courier services. During World War II CAP's coastal patrol had flown 24 million miles, found 173 enemy U-boats, attacked 57, hit 10 and sank two, dropping a total of 83 bombs and depth charges throughout the conflict. By the end of the war, 64 CAP members had lost their lives in the line of duty.

After the end of World War II, CAP became the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and its incorporating charter declared that it would never again be involved in direct combat activities, but would be of a benevolent nature. CAP changed command several times, to Continental Air Command in 1959, Headquarters Command, USAF in 1968, and Education Command, Air University in 1976. Since its incorporation charter, CAP has maintained its relationship with the USAF, and has continued its three congressionally-mandated missions.

Missions Of CAP

The missions of the Racine Civil Air Patrol are three basic but advanced courses.  They are Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education and Emergency Services.

Cadet Programs

Civil Air Patrol's first cadet program was started during World War II as a way to provide training for future pilots. Since then, the program has flourished, combining Aerospace Education with Leadership and Career training.

Aerospace Education

The Aerospace Education Program provides aviation related education and educational activities for members, including formal, graded courses about all aspects of aviation including flight physics, dynamics, history, and application. Courses covering the space program, and new technologies and advances in aviation and space exploration, are also available. There are several programs for CAP pilots to improve their flying skills and earn Federal Aviation Administration ratings.

Emergency Services

Civil Air Patrol covers several Emergency Services areas. The principal categories include search and rescue missions, disaster relief, humanitarian services, and Air Force support. Other services, such as homeland security and actions against drug-trafficking operations, are becoming increasingly important.

Mission Statement





Racine Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets its Congressionally chartered missions by:


Rapidly responding to emergencies with trained and equipped ground team, aircrew, command, control, communications, and headquarters support forces.


Ensuring a high state of aerospace awareness by educating its cadet and senior members and serving as an aerospace resource for the community.


Conducting a dynamic and fulfilling youth leadership program.