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1950-1975 Cold War

After the war, CAP focused on the cadet program, emergency services, and aerospace education.  In 1948, the organization began participating in the International Air Cadet Exchange, and the following year introduced its first aerospace education literature for educators and CAP units.  When the first cadets entered the USAF Academy in 1955, ten percent were former CAP members.

During the Cold War, CAP search and rescue (SAR) missions became routine, and civil defense officials used CAP radio networks to coordinate disaster relief efforts. CAP assisted the Air Force's Ground Observer Corps, conducted aerial radiological monitoring, and helped train personnel in Operation MOONWATCH to optically track artificial satellites.

the 1974 legislation making emergency locator transmitters in aircraft mandatory improved CAP's SAR capabilities. In 1975, for the first time, a civilian volunteer became the corporation's national commander, signaling a strategic shift in the CAP and USAF relationship.

Nevada’s involvement in the testing of atomic weapons starts in 1946 and was 4,800 miles away in the Central Pacific Ocean. Read more here.

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