General Knowledge

General Knowledge

The 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 be of service to my community, state, and nation."

CAP Motto: "Semper Vigilans" - Always Vigilant. Reflects the ever-ready status of CAP. It means every member, cadet and senior, must be prepared to respond effectively to any situation.

Honor Code: "We will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God."

The Five P's: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

Core Values: Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, & Respect

CAP Organization:
CAP Consists of 52 wings. Each of the United States, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.  We are a part of Florida Wing.

8 Regions of CAP: Southeast (SER), Southwest (SWR), Great Lakes (GLR), Northeast (NER), North Central (NCR), Rocky Mountain (RMR), Middle East (MER), Pacific (PCR).  Florida Wing is a member of the SER.

6 Wings of SER: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Puerto Rico

  • The definition of drill is an organized movement of mass.
    • The purpose of drill is to teach teamwork.
  •  Followership is reaching a specific goal while exercising respect for authority, a positive attitude integrity and self-discipline.
  • Integrity is the strict adherence to a code of conduct. It is a fine sense of ethics, justice, and rightness with readiness to apply it to your own conduct first.
  • Leadership: traits of loyalty, integrity and self-discipline.

The three Missions of CAP
- Aerospace Education
- Cadet Programs
- Emergency Services

The three Standard Answers in CAP
- Yes Ma'am / Sir / Chief / Sergeant
- No Ma'am / Sir / Chief / Sergeant
- No excuse Ma'am / Sir / Chief / Sergeant

Chain of Command
President of the United States / Commander In Chief - The Honorable Donald J. Trump
Vice President of the United States - Honorable Michael R. Pence
Secretary of Defense - The Honorable Mark T. Esper
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC
Secretary of the Air Force - The Honorable Matthew Donovan, Acting
Chief of Staff of the US Air Force - General David L. Goldstein
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force - CMSgt Kaleth O. Wright
Air Education & Training Commander - Lt. Gen Marshall B. Webb
Air University Commander - Lt. Gen Anthony J. Cotton
CAP-USAF Commander – Col. Mark A. Wootan
CAP National Commander – Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith
Southeast Region Commander – Col. Andrea M. Van Buren
Florida Wing Commander – Col Luis A. Garcia
Group 4 Commander- Maj. Deb Kolos
Patrick Composite Squadron Commander – Lt Col Daniel Kirby
Patrick Composite Squadron Deputy Commander for Cadets– 1st Lt Rhett Lethonen
Patrick Composite Squadron Cadet Commander - C/2d Lt Colin Kirby
Patrick composite Squadron Cadet Deputy Commander for Operations Vacant
Patrick composite Squadron Cadet Deputy Commander for Support– C/2d Lt Thomas Herrington
Patrick Composite Squadron First Sergeant - C/SMSgt Brooklyn Stellato
Patrick Composite Squadron Alpha Flight Commander – Vacant
Patrick Composite Squadron Bravo Flight Commander – Vacant
Patrick Composite Squadron Alpha Flight Sergeant – C/CMSgt Hanna Phillips
Patrick Composite Squadron Bravo Flight Sergeant – Vacant
CAP History
- Cap was founded on December 1, 1941
- During WWII CAP had 40,000 volunteers
- During WWII 90 CAP aircraft were ditched
- During WWII 59 CAP pilots were killed of whom 26 were lost at sea.
- During WWII CAP flew 24 million over-water miles, spotted 173 subs, attacked 57, damaged 17 and sank 2.
- The first 3 CAP units were stationed in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Rehoboth, Delaware; and Lantana, Florida.
- The CAP Cadet Program was initiated in October 1942.
- Public Law 476, 1 July 1946, incorporated CAP as a benevolent, non-profit organization.
- Public Law 557, 26 May 1943, permanently established CAP as the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
- Red letter day,29 April 1943, Transferred command jurisdiction for CAP to the War Department.
- First Executive Officer and founder of Civil Air Patrol was Mr. Gill Rob Wilson
- The first National Commander was Major General John F. Curry.
- The Montgolfier brothers were the first to prove Hot Air Balloon flight was possible in June 1783.
- The Wright brothers conducted the first controlled, powered, heaver-than-air flight on 17 December 1903.
- The first man to break the sound barrier was Charles Yeager in the Bell X-1 on 14 October 1947.
- Dr. Robert H. Goddard is the father of modern rocketry and launched the first liquid fueled rocket.
- Charles Lindgberg was the first man to fly the Atlantic Ocean solo on tht "Spirt of St. Louis" on 21 May 1927.
- Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space on 12 April 1961.
- Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon on 2 July 1969.
- Bernoulli's principle states as velocity increases, pressure decreases.

Sir Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion
  1. An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by some outside force.
  2. A force acting upon a body causes it to accelerate in the direction of the force. Acceleration is directly proportional to the force and inversely proportional to the mass of the body being accelerated.
  3. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Uniform Checklist

  • Is your blues uniform starched? (The ABU is not to be starched)
  • Is there a single crease down the center of your sleeves?
  • Is there a single crease going down the front and back and centered on each pant leg?
  • Are your pockets ironed down?
  • Are your cut outs back one inch, centered, and parallel to the edge of your lapel?
  • Is there cardboard behind your ribbons and name tape?
  • Are your ribbons and name tape parallel to the ground?
  • Is your gig line straight?
  • Are you wearing a belt? Is it the right one for the uniform?
  • Have all IPs been cut off your uniform?
  • Are you wearing shirt stays? (if wearing tucked in blues shirt)
  • Are your boots shined?
  • Are your shoe laces tucked in?
  • Is your hair neat or cut properly?
Before you go any where in uniform you should be able to answer yes to all of these questions.

Last Updated 26 Dec 18