Warrior Knowledge

Print Friendly and PDF

Updated 05/08/2015

CAP Motto: Semper Vigilans (Always Vigilant)

Cadet Oath: "I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation."


USAF Honor Code: "We Will Not Lie, Steal Or Cheat, Nor Tolerate Among Us Anyone Who Does."

CAP Missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, Emergency Services

Seven Basic Responses:

  • “Yes, Sir/Ma’am”
  • “No, Sir/Ma’am”
  • “No excuse, Sir/ma’am”
  • “Sir/Ma’am, May I ask question?”
  • “Sir/Ma’am, May I make a statement?”
  • “Sir/Ma’am, I do not understand”
  • “Sir/Ma’am, I do not know”

Additional Statements:

  • “Correction Please, Sir/Ma’am”
  • “Pardon Me Please, Sir/Ma’am”

Historic Moments in CAP (and other useful info):

  • Hap Arnold was the first four-star general of the USAF and is the only person to hold five-star rank in two U.S. military services (Army & Air Force)
  • First flight by Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on 17 Dec 1903
  • World War II starts 1 Sep 1939 with the German invasion of Poland
  • CAP founded 1 Dec 1941
  • Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan on 7 Dec 1941; United States enters WWII on 8 Dec 1941
  • 29 April 1943 is considered the "Red Letter" day for CAP when it was transferred from The Office of Civil Defense to the War Department
  • World War II ended in Europe 8 May 1945
  • World War II ended in Asia 15 August 1945
  • CAP became a non-profit, benevolent organization on 1 July 1946 with the signing of Public Law 476
  • CAP became the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force on 26 May 1948 with the signing of Public Law 557
  • The modern Cadet Program began in 1964

CAP World War II History:

  • CAP members flew more than 24,000,000 miles on coastal patrol
  • CAP summoned help for 91 ships in distress and 363 survivors of U-boat attacks
  • CAP spotted 173 U-boats and dropped bombs or depth charges on 57 of them
  • CAP credited with sinking 2 U-boats
  • CAP's Founders are:
    • Gill Robb Wilson - First Executive Director
    • Florello H LaGuardia - Mayor of NYC and Director of the Office of Civil Defense
    • Major General John F Curry, USAAC - First National Commander

Phonetic Alphabet:

 A - Alpha  B - Bravo  C - Charlie  D - Delta  E - Echo  F - Foxtrot  G - Golf  H - Hotel  I - India  J - Juliet  K - Kilo  L - Lima  M - Mike  N - November  O - Oscar  P - Papa  Q - Quebec  R - Romeo  S - Sierra  T - Tango  U - Uniform  V - Victor  W - Whiskey  X - X-Ray  Y - Yankee  Z - Zulu


Chain of Command:

President of the United States Barack Obama
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
Secretary of the Airforce Deborah Lee James
Chief of Staff of the Airforce Gen Mark A. Welsh III
National Commander Maj Gen Joseph Vazquez
National Vice Commander Brig Gen Larry Myrick
Northeast Region Commander Col Daniel Leclair
Pennsylvania Wing Commander Col Gary Fleming
Pennsylvania Wing Vice Commander Lt Col Bret Stemrich
Pennsylvania Wing Chief of Staff Maj Kevin Berry
Group 4 Commander Lt Col Bret Stemrich
Squadron Commander Maj Robert Thorn


Cadet Chain of Command:

Miscellaneous Information:

  • CAP's National Headquarters is at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama
  • There are 52 Wings in CAP incl. the 50 US States PLUS the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
  • There are 8 Regions in CAP. They are:
    • Northeast (Pennsylvania Wing is located here)
    • Middle East
    • North Central
    • Southeast
    • Southwest
    • Great Lakes
    • Rocky Mountain
    • Pacific
  • There are FOUR Phases to the Cadet Program. They are:
    • The Learning Phase
    • The Leadership Phase
    • The Command Phase
    • The Executive Phase
  • There are FIVE Milestone achievements in the cadet program. They are:
    • The Wright Brothers
    • The Mitchell
    • The Earhart
    • The Eaker
    • The Spaatz Award