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About Civil Air Patrol

Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 60,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

About Thunderbird Squadron 236

We are the Civil Air Patrol's local unit serving the city of Cleveland and the inner ring suburbs in CAP's Ohio Wing. We are Cleveland's Volunteer Airmen! As a composite squadron, we consist of both cadets and senior members. We serve three primary missions: Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs. Squadron 236 has senior members with varying backgrounds, from physician, nurse, pilot, engineer, veteran, to student. Our senior members specialize in an array of areas within the squadron, such as Safety Officer; Emergency Services Officer; Public Affairs Officer, to ensure we serve our missions. Our cadets come from local counties such as from Ashtabula, Lake and Cuyahoga County. 

If you are interested in joining Lakefront Squadron 236 please contact the squadron through the website or by emailing.


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