In its search and rescue function, CAP performs over 85% of the U.S. Air Force’s SAR missions.
When called upon by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Langley AFB, VA, CAP members search for emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) and/or for missing aircraft. Although CAP is an instrument of the federal government, members also support state and local governments with emergency services in natural disasters, civil defense and other emergencies; such “state” missions are performed under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
CAP’s Search and Rescue / Disaster Relief missions are conducted by our air crews or by our grounds teams, and often by combining the two. We have an extensive radio communications capability for use during search and rescue, disaster relief, or counter drug missions and also for administrative purposes.