What We Do
Nevada Wing was chartered on 18 December 1941 and contributed to the nation through search and rescue and military support roles during the Second World War. Since then, Nevada Wing has provided search and rescue (SAR) capabilities throughout the nation’s seventh largest state. It took the lead in the nation’s largest SAR event, the 2007 Steve Fossett Search.
Today, the Nevada Wing continues to focus on Civil Air Patrol’s three mission programs — emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education — and has begun to emphasize those missions’ interrelated nature. Training includes not only skills for all members but also STEM, primary flight training opportunities, and leadership for cadets.
Covering 110,567 square miles, Nevada Wing's members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of our communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
“Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power.”
Always prepared, both in the air and on the ground, members of Nevada Wing perform emergency services for state and local agencies as well as the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization. Ever vigilant, these patriots make a difference in their communities, not only to assist in times of disaster but also to search for the lost and protect the homeland.
Civil Air Patrol’s awarding-winning aerospace education program promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM-related careers with engaging, standards-based, hands-on curriculum and activities. It shapes the experiences and aspirations of youth both in and outside of CAP’s cadet program.
Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. As cadets participate in these four elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way. Many of the nation’s astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through CAP.