Who We Are
We’re the Dahlonega squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, based in the mountains of North Georgia and serving our neighbors and country. Some of us are pilots, some of us are aren’t, but all of us have a strong desire to serve as the United States Air Force Auxiliary. Thanks for visiting!
A 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, the Civil Air Patrol performs a variety of varied and interesting missions to aid our nation and its citizens. Over 90% of all search and rescue missions performed in the U.S. are performed by Civil Air Patrol squadrons, and always on a volunteer basis.
CAP is made up of eight geographic regions consisting of 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia). It is a strategic partner of the Air Force, serving as a member of its Total Force. CAP has three primary missions — Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education. This year, Civil Air Patrol is celebrating more than 70-years in association with the U.S. Air Force. Congress passed a law on May 26, 1948, designating CAP as the official Air Force auxiliary.
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.
Our Mission: Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power.
But that’s not all. CAP has recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions and performs non-auxiliary missions for governmental and private agencies, such as local law enforcement and the American Red Cross.
As disaster recovery volunteers we are often at the forefront helping Federal, state and local disaster agencies with a range of dedicated and well-trained volunteers from across the country.
A phrase often heard from our members, when asked why they joined is, “I wanted to give something back to my country.”
Founded just prior to World War II in 1941, our volunteer pilots, ground crews and thousands of other volunteers across Georgia and across the nation follow our motto: “Semper Vigilans” (Always Vigilant).
We meet the second Monday night each month at 7:00 PM and the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM at the Dahlonega Airport in Lumpkin County, Georgia. Visitors are ALWAYS welcome; no appointment needed.