Welcome to North Hennepin Squadron
Crystal, Minnesota based North Hennepin Squadron (Unit
NCR-MN-017) is one of 1,700 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) units in the United
States of America. Congressionally chartered as the United States Air
Force Auxiliary, the 60,000 volunteer members have access to a fleet of
over 500 aircraft and 950 ground vehicles in order to carry out CAP's 4
primary noncombatant missions:
Search and Rescue / Disaster
Relief is what CAP is best known for. When called upon by the
Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC), CAP members search for
emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) and/or for missing aircraft.
These Emergency Services missions are conducted by our air crews,
grounds teams and combinations thereof. CAP has an extensive radio
communications capability for use during missions and administrative
Cadet Training Program designed
to educate young men and women in the ideals of leadership and
service through Air Force style training, discipline and education.
Similar to ROTC, CAP cadet officers "run" the cadet program under
the supervision of specified senior officers. Qualified cadets also
participate in actual or training missions; in fact, they form the
bulk of our ground teams.
Aerospace Education is repeatedly provided to both CAP members and the general public.
Counter Drug (CD) support is
provided by CAP to state and federal law enforcement agencies. This
important mission primarily entails the transport of equipment,
evidence or law enforcement officers. The Posse Comitatus Act was
designed to limit direct active use the military by civil law
enforcement officers to enforce laws. It prohibits direct
participation by military personnel in civilian searches, seizures,
arrests and other similar activities unless expressly authorized by
law. As part of the United States Air Force, CAP Members are
governed by this act when involved in a CAP mission.
CAP today remains the only organization
whose members are official, non-combatant members of the United States
Air Force. If you are interested in continuing this proud tradition, and
if this type of activity and volunteer service appeals to you, we would
like to invite you to our weekly meeting held each Tuesday at our
Crystal Airport based Squadron Headquarters. Directions to the unit can
be found on this web site...