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Emergency Services

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.

The Nellis Senior Squadron was chartered in 1988, and has been serving the southern Nevada area through programs such as orientation flights, aerospace education, search and rescue, and airborne imagery. Nellis Senior Squadron also provides communications support for counterdrug, homeland security and disaster operations as well as low level surveys and range support for military commanders.

Assistance is coordinated through the National Operations Center (NOC), which can be reached by voice 24/7 at 888-211-1812 ext. 300. The NOC is normally manned from 7:30 to 16:30 Central Time, Monday through Friday, with calls rolling over to a duty officer after hours.

The NOC can also be reached via email at or via fax at 800-555-7902, but after normal duty hours emegency requests should be followed up by a call to the duty officer.

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