Group 3, Florida Wing
, is one of several groups serving under the command Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol
. Groups serve in large wings to represent the wing's objectives while ensuring that corporation objectives, policies, and operational directives are effectively executed within their group. As an operational tier to the Civil Air Patrol, squadrons report to the group to ensure the tactical elements of all three of Civil Air Patrol's Congressionally mandated missions, Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs, are meet.
Group 3 of the Florida Wing is a diverse group of cadet and adult Civil Air Patrol volunteers that serve our communities, the state of Florida and our nation. We are truly "Citizens Serving Communities" through a wide variety of methods, from conducting search and rescue for the US Air Force to assisting local Emergency Management Agencies all the way down to local volunteer efforts in Florida hometowns.
We are the civilian arm of the US Air Force-- the Air Force Auxiliary. We have an award-winning youth program that promotes self-initiative, discipline, leadership and personal growth and development. We perform over 95% of all aircraft search and rescue missions for the Air Force, and have saved thousands of lives by providing well-trained, qualified air crews. Chartered by Congress, we work closely with federal, state and local governments, providing a wide range of much-needed services, and all of this without fanfare or financial reward.
While many of our volunteers are pilots, most are not-- they serve in a variety of important roles, including air crew, ground crew, mission staff, communications, information technology, legal, medical, cadet programs, aerospace education-- to name just a few of the many and varied jobs performed by our members-- both adults and cadets.
Our award-winning, Congressionally-chartered aerospace education program works closely with schools, teachers, homeschoolers at a wide variety of ages.
We provide humanitarian aid during natural disasters, work closely with state and local emergency service agencies (law enforcement, fire, search and rescue) as well as the US Department of Homeland Security and local emergency management agencies.
In addition to being the Congressionally-chartered civilian arm of the US Air Force, we are also a 501c3 "not for profit" that does all of this using dedicated volunteers!
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