Welcome to the Michigan Wing Website.
If you look around Michigan, not only will you see a pleasant peninsula, but you will also see some incredible Civil Air Patrol members, continuing the long tradition of leading the nation in performance while demonstrating leadership and pride in themselves as volunteers.
As the Wing Commander, it is my honor to lead more than 1,200 professionals who volunteer their time and talents to serve America through the Civil Air Patrol’s three missions: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education.Our members contributed more than 50,000 man hours of in support of search and rescue, homeland security, counter drug, youth leadership development, and air and space science outreach activities in the State of Michigan.
Operations & Emergency Services
The Civil Air Patrol is responsible for 90% of inland search and rescue missions in the United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC). In 2010, the Michigan Wing participated in 21 search-and-rescue missions and credited with saving one life. Wing volunteers juggled four distress finds on last Easter weekend alone.
Members are well-trained for missions; in 2010 the Michigan Wing conducted mission aircrew training that graduated eight new aircrew members. Meanwhile, the wing supported homeland security, counterdrug missions and disaster relief. Ranking eighth in its use of aircraft, the Michigan Wing flew its nine airplanes in support of numerous state and federal agenciesfor a total of:
Search & Rescue, Disaster Relief, Counter Drug & Homeland Security
Training Missions, Aircrew Profficiency and Evaluation
CAP, AFROTC, AFJROTC Flights
Maintenance / Liaison Flights
In July2010, nearly 200 cadets participated in the Great Lakes Region training camp, hosted by Michigan Wing in Alpena, to hone their leadership skills. Other training opportunities for cadets included a basic encampment led by cadet officers, a cadet leadership program and a week-long rocketry course, which combined math, physics and chemistry with hands-on activities.
Our cadet program focuses on leadership skills, aerospace education, and physical fitness. Michigan cadets are able to participate in a number of activities, both within the state and across the nation. Michigan Cadets participate in the National Flight Academy, Cadet Officer School, International Air Cadet Exchange, and thirty other national cadet special activities.
In this critical time for our Nation, as educators, corporations and governments focus on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), the Civil Air Patrol has been leading that charge for more than SIXTY years.We have programs that train and educate our own members.We have programs that support K-12 education programs for public, private and home school students and teachers.
Aerospace Education is an integral part of Civil Air Patrol for both cadets and adult members. Members learn about the history of flight and discuss the future of air and space exploration. Cadets experience the thrill of flight through both powered and glider orientation rides where their “book” knowledge of aerodynamics is demonstrated in the air. Michigan provides an excellent opportunity for members to visit some of the best aviation museums in the country as well as locations such as NASA where history is being made every day.
About Our Family
I thank you for your service to the Civil Air Patrol and encourage you to continue to find ways to participate in our great organization!
If you are visiting our site to learn more about CAP I encourage you to visit a local unit and learn more about our organization and it’s impact on the community.I’ve been a member for more than thirty years.Through CAP, I have met some incredible people, done some really cool stuff, made lifelong friends and contributed to my community, state and nation.
I hope you get the same opportunity.
Leo Burke, Colonel, CAP
Civil Air Patrol/USAF Auxiliary