About the Civil Air Patrol of Central New York

Central NY CAP Area of OperationsThe Central New York Group is headquartered at the 174th Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard base at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY.

The Group staff meets on the third Thursday of every month, at 7:00pm, in Bldg. 787.

Many of our adult members are currently in the National Guard or Reserves or have previous military experience. Several civilian members have a technical background in science, engineering, or education. Our cadets are in middle school, high school, or college, and many are in home schooling programs.

CNY Group spans eight counties: Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Madison, and Herkimer — over 9,000 square miles. We have six squadrons, which are headquartered in Jefferson, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

The goals of the Central New York Group are:

  1. To create a strong CAP organization that assists young adults in making career path choices primarily in military, technical, or aviation related fields.
  2. To support the community by providing Emergency Management officials with organized teams that are trained and equipped for Air / Ground Search & Rescue and Disaster Relief missions.

About Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Founded on December 1, 1941, we are an all-volunteer force comprised of people from every background and of all ages.

Members retrieve photos taken in a CAP aircraftWe perform essential Search and Rescue functions for missing aircraft, aircraft emergency beacons, disaster relief, aerial reconnaissance, and more. In addition, our Cadet Program aids youths from 12-18 years of age learn and experience some of the best opportunities available, including leadership training, scholarships, flight academies, international exchanges, search and rescue schools, and a music academy. We also aim to educate the public on matters of aerospace and aviation.

Membership is open to all U.S. citizens from age 12 on upward. Our members wear U.S. Air Force uniforms with our distinctive CAP insignia, and carry out missions essential to our civil defense and safety. There is room for people from all walks of life with all sorts of interest, from pilots and prior military members, to those with interest in radio communication, public affairs, and education.

More information can be found on our National CAP page, GoCivilAirPatrol.com.

Joining Civil Air Patrol

CAP cadets learn about model rockets from an adult mentorMost people join CAP as a member of a squadron. Squadrons are the heart of CAP, the “hometown Air Force” that meets every week and provides training and activities. Some adult members with particular specialties may be interested in joining the Group HQ unit directly.

  • If you are local to Cental NY, find a squadron closest to you and call the commander to arrange a visit.
  • If you are interested in serving in a position on the Group staff, or have a general question about CAP, please contact our commander, Lt Col Norm Anderson.
  • If you are outside of Central NY, you can use CAP’s unit locator to find a unit close to you.