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The California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in the state of California. California Wing headquarters are located in Van Nuys, California.[2] The California Wing consists of over 3,000 cadet and adult members at over 77 locations across the state of California.[3]

California Wing Civil Air Patrol
California Wing Civil Air Patrol logo.png
The California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
Associated branches
United States Air Force
Command staff
CommanderUS-O6 insignia.svg Col Alan W Ferguson
Vice CommanderUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Gregory Chase
US-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Ross Veta
Chief of StaffUS-O5 insignia.svg Lt Col Tammy Sturgill
Current statistics
Total Membership3690
Statistics as of Jun 2019[1]



The California Wing performs the three missions of the Civil Air Patrol: providing emergency services; offering cadet programs for youth; and providing aerospace education for both CAP members and the general public.[4]

Emergency servicesEdit

The California Wing provides emergency services, including search and rescue missions, disaster relief missions, providing Air Force support, and assisting in counter-drug missions.[5]

Cadet programsEdit

Youth aged 12–20 may enter a CAP cadet program, which provides a 16 step program covering aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.[6] The California Wing offers an annual summer encampment for cadets to further their skills.[7]

Aerospace educationEdit

The Civil Air Patrol provides aerospace education for both volunteer CAP members and the general public. The internal education program for CAP members educates senior and cadet members; the external program for the general public is provided through workshops offered through the nation's education system.[8]


A California CAP cadet salutes the American flag.
The California Wing Civil Air Patrol honor guard presents the colors during the 2012 Memorial Day observance at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument in Placerville, California.
Local California Wing CAP cadets visit the USS Midway in San Diego during one of their educational trips.
Civil Air Patrol cadets raise the Colors during an Armed Force Day celebration at the Aerospace Museum of California.
California CAP members pose for a photo during a visit to the USS Midway.
Two members of the Beach Cities Cadet Squadron working a public event.

The California Wing is divided into eight groups across the state, with each squadron being assigned as a component of a group based on its geographical location.[9]

Squadrons of the California Wing[9][10]
Group Designation Squadron Name Location Notes
CA000 California Wing Headquarters Squadron Van Nuys
CA999 California Legislative Squadron Sacramento
Group 1 CA051 Capt Jay Weinsoff Cadet Squadron 3 Van Nuys
CA127 El Monte Composite Squadron 21 El Monte
CA080 San Fernando Senior Squadron 35 Pacoima
CA410 Clover Field Composite Squadron 51 Santa Monica
CA282 Brackett Composite Squadron 64 La Verne
CA285 Beach Cities Cadet Squadron 107 Torrance
CA379 Hawker Senior Squadron 128 Van Nuys
CA288 South Bay Senior Squadron 129 Torrance
CA116 San Fernando Cadet Squadron 137 San Fernando
CA292 Los Angeles Cadet Squadron 138 Norwalk
Group 2 CA214 Jon E. Kramer Composite Squadron 10 Palo Alto
CA371 Santa Cruz Composite Squadron 13 Watsonville
CA015 East Bay Cadet Squadron 18 Hayward
CA334 John J. Montgomery Cadet Squadron 36 San Jose
CA096 Diablo Composite Squadron 44 Concord
CA110 San Jose Senior Squadron 80 San Jose
CA414 San Francisco Cadet Squadron 86 San Francisco
CA346 Tri-Valley Composite Squadron 156 Livermore
CA452 Amelia Earhart Senior Squadron 188 Oakland
CA180 West Bay Composite Squadron 192 San Carlos
Group 3 CA387 Riverside Senior Squadron 5 Riverside
CA435 Palm Springs Composite Squadron 11 Palm Springs
CA437 Chino Cadet Squadron 20 Chino
CA193 Cable Composite Squadron 25 Upland
CA423 Corona Cadet Squadron 29 Norco
CA123 Billie L. Leclair Cadet Squadron 31 Rialto
CA007 March Field Composite Squadron 45 March Air Reserve Base
CA458 Hemet-Ryan Composite Squadron 59 Hemet
CA333 Voyager Composite Squadron 120 Victorville
CA464 Big Bear Valley Composite Squadron 6750 Big Bear City
Group 4 CA204 Camarillo Composite Squadron 61 Camarillo
CA158 Vandenberg Composite Squadron 101 Santa Maria
CA155 Bob Beevers Composite Squadron 103 San Luis Obispo
CA240 Santa Barbara Composite Squadron 131 Santa Barbara, California
CA448 Simi Valley Challenger Composite Squadron 1986 Simi Valley
Group 5 CA151 Sacramento Composite Squadron 14 Sacramento
CA397 Beale Composite Squadron 19 Yuba City
CA138 Travis Composite Squadron 22 Travis Air Force Base
CA016 Martin Search and Rescue Composite Squadron 23 Novato
CA046 Sierra Composite Squadron 72 French Camp
CA273 Eugene L. Carnahan Cadet Squadron 85 Placerville
CA034 Auburn-Starr Composite Squadron 92 Auburn, California
CA475 Butte County Composite Squadron 95 Oroville
CA246 Shasta Composite Squadron 126 Redding
CA249 Redwood Empire Composite Squadron 157 Santa Rosa
CA802 California Aerospace Composite Squadron McClellan
Group 6 CA425 Tehachapi Composite Squadron 46 Tehachapi
CA469 Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49 Rosamond
CA146 Lt Col Arthur King Composite Squadron 50 Modesto
CA140 Edwards AFB Composite Squadron 84 Edwards
CA169 Fresno Composite Squadron 112 Fresno
CA224 Bakersfield Composite Squadron 121 Bakersfield
CA389 Merced County Composite Squadron 147 Atwater
CA394 Tulare-Kings Composite Squadron 394 Visalia
CA804 Joe Walker Middle School Cadet Squadron Lancaster
Group 7 CA434 Falcon Senior Squadron 40 Fullerton
CA428 Los Alamitos Glider Training Squadron 41 Los Alamitos
CA295 Fullerton Composite Squadron 56 Fullerton
CA384 Saddleback Composite Squadron 68 Costa Mesa
CA343 Long Beach Senior Squadron 150 Los Alamitos
CA345 Los Alamitos Cadet Squadron 153 Los Alamitos
Group 8 CA324 Skyhawk Composite Squadron 47 Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
CA256 San Diego Senior Squadron 57 El Cajon
CA466 Fallbrook Senior Squadron 87 Fallbrook
CA441 San Diego Cadet Squadron 144 San Diego
CA473 South San Diego Cadet Squadron 201 Chula Vista
CA803 Escondido Cadet Squadron Escondido

Legal protectionEdit

Members of the Civil Air Patrol who are employed within the borders of California are guaranteed ten days of unpaid leave from their employer when responding to emergencies as a member of the Civil Air Patrol, under California Labor Code § 1503.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "eServices, National Headquarters". Civil Air Patrol., login required
  2. ^ "Contact Us". California Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ "2013 Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Civil Air Patrol". Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Emergency Services". California Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Cadet Programs". California Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 CAWG Encampment". Official Website of the Cadet Training Group. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Aerospace Education". California Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  9. ^ a b "All Units". California Wing Civil Air Patrol Official Website. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Civil Air Patrol Unit Directory" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  11. ^ "California Code, Labor Code - LAB § 1503". FindLaw. Retrieved 16 October 2017.

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