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The unit name Billie L. LeClair comes from a former California Wing Senior Member, and Master Radio Communications Specialist who devoted her life to the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and the Emergency Services Community in the State of California. To honor her memory the unit was named Billie L. LeClair Cadet Squadron 31. This is the second Cadet Squadron to be so named in her honor, the first being Billie L. LeClair Cadet Squadron 89 in 1998 until it was de-activated and merged with San Bernardino Cadet Squadron 31 in October 2002. The star represents Billie LeClair watching over the unit and color white represents her purity and wisdom, the blue background represents the sky plus denotes aerospace, aviation, our affiliation with the USAF also our devotion, and loyalty to Civil Air Patrol, the dog represents the strength, pride and unity within the unit, the words crazy dog comes from the original Cadet Squadron 31 emblem that identified the unit with a fearless and brave mythical Indian warrior by the name of “Crazy Dog”.

Billie L. LeClair Cadet Squadron 31 is a Civil Air Patrol, U. S. Air Force Auxiliary Cadet Squadron, assigned to the Inland Empire Group 3.
Meeting Information
Monday evenings from 1900 (7:00 pm) to 2130 (9:30 pm)
Historic Flabob Airport
4130 Mennes Ave.
Jurupa Valley, CA 92509
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CAP History

Pearl Harbor propelled the United States into World War II, but many Americans saw the AXIS threat long before Dec. 7, 1941. Among them were nearly 150,000 men and women involved in aviation.

As early as 1938, they began to argue for the creation of an organization to harness their aviation resources to aid the nation in the event America entered the conflict. Their efforts, led by writer-aviator Gill Robb Wilson and supported by Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold, resulted in the creation of the Civil Air Patrol on Dec. 1, 1941 - one week before Pearl Harbor.

First organized under the Office of Civilian Defense, headed by former New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Civil Air Patrol members became the "Minutemen" of World War II, volunteering their time, resources, and talents to defend the nation's borders and fill the gaps as men and resources were being mobilized to fight abroad.

The War Department, especially the Army Air Forces, recognized the important roles performed by CAP. In April 1943, CAP was reassigned from the Office of Civilian Defense to the War Department and placed under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces.

"After the German surrender, one of Hitler's high-ranking naval officers was asked why the Nazi U-boats had been withdrawn from U.S. coastal waters early in 1943. The answer was exploded in a curt guttural: 'It was because of those damned little red and yellow planes!'"
From Robert E. Neprud's Flying Minute Men

These Flying Minutemen, all volunteers, performed valiantly during the war. They performed many missions including coastal patrol to search for enemy submarines, search and rescue missions throughout the United States, cargo and courier flights to transfer critical materials and personnel, and even towing targets so Army Air Corps personnel could practice air-to-air gunnery techniques - a very risky mission with new gunners.

In all, these volunteers amassed a stunning record - flying more than half-a-million hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims.

A thankful nation recognized the vital role CAP played during the war and understood the organization could continue to provide invaluable help to both local and national agencies.

On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 that incorporated CAP as a benevolent, nonprofit organization.

And on May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557, which permanently established CAP as the Auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. This law also gave the Secretary of the Air Force the authority to provide financial and material assistance to the organization.

CAP Organization

The Civil Air Patrol is a civilian organization but, as the civilian Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, it comes as no surprise that it is organized along military lines. Civil Air Patrol's National Headquarters, is located at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

CAP is organized into eight geographic regions . These regions are subdivided by the states falling within their boundaries and each state has a CAP wing . Additionally, the District of Columbia and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have CAP wings.

These 52 wings are then subdivided into groups, squadrons, and flights depending on their size.

Wing commanders may form groups when the wing geographical area or the number of units in the wing is too large to permit the wing commander to exercise effective supervision directly over squadrons and flights.

There are four types of squadrons :

a. Senior Squadron. Comprised entirely of senior members.

b. Cadet Squadron. Comprised primarily of cadets with a minimum of three senior members to meet supervisory, administrative, and training requirements in the conduct of cadets programs.

c. Composite Squadron. Comprised of both senior and cadet members, conducting both senior and cadet programs.

d . Flights. The flight is the smallest CAP membership unit authorized and must contain a minimum of eight members, three of whom must be seniors. Flights should be organized only in sparsely populated areas where there are an insufficient number of individuals to constitute a squadron.

There are more than 1,700 CAP units, half of which are composite squadrons or squadrons that have both senior and cadet members.

The highest governing body of CAP is the National Board, chaired by a member of the CAP Corporation whose title is National Commander. This position is held by a CAP Brigadier General elected by the members. Other members of the Board include the eight region and 52 wing commanders.

This governing body also includes an elected National Vice Commander Chief of Staff, Legal Officer, Finance Officer, and Controller - all civilian volunteers who have no active duty Air Force obligations or privileges.

There is one key position on the National Board that ties the CAP Corporation to the U.S. Air Force - the Senior Air Force Advisor.

The advisor's position is held by an active-duty Air Force Colonel who, in addition to serving as the Senior Air Force Adviser, is responsible for all active duty and DoD civilian employees who provide liaison oversight and advice to the CAP organization.

In this capacity, the Senior Air Force advisor is also the CAP-USAF Commander.

Sound confusing? It's really not. When Congress enacted Public Law 557 in 1948, they determined that active-duty Air Force personnel should be assigned to provide advice and assistance to the organization. Hence, Headquarters CAP-USAF was established.

"As the active force draws down, the Air Force will engage in increased burden-sharing with its Guard, Reserve and Auxiliary (CAP) components. It is critical that U.S. Air Force installation and unit commanders provide priority support to CAP--which in turn enhances CAP mission readiness and a payback in increased mission support to the Air Force by its civilian Auxiliary." - Mr. Bryan Sharratt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, (Reserve Affairs)

In addition to the Air Force staff at CAP's National Headquarters, CAP Liaison regions have a small staff headed by a commander and a staff of six other officers, NCOs and DoD civilians who perform aerospace education and training, logistics, and administration and operations functions.

Each of the 52 wings also has a liaison noncommissioned officer and some also have a liaison officer - both who are retired U.S. Air Force members.

CAP Resources

The Civil Air Patrol has more than 60,000 members: 34,000 in senior-member and 26,000 in cadet programs. They come from varied backgrounds from police chiefs to schoolteachers and from big cities and small towns. These differences matter little. What does though is that all of these people want to be involved in their community -- they want to help others -- and they share a love of aviation.

Aviation Assets

The CAP Corporation owns 540 light aircraft, primarily Cessna 172s and 182s. Additionally, CAP members own another 4,700 aircraft that can be used to support assigned missions.
When all of these assets are combined, CAP operates the world's largest fleet of civil aircraft and flies nearly 130,000 hours each year.
An often-overlooked resource is the number and experience of CAP pilots. One-third of all CAP members are FAA-qualified pilots.

"Civil Air Patrol's accomplishments are increasing; membership is stabilizing; flying hours, assigned missions and 'saves' are looking good; and the accident rate-- none better."
-Lt. Gen. Jay W. Kelley, U.S. Air Force, Commander, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

Ground Assets

In addition to aircraft, the CAP Corporation owns 950 ground vehicles to support their missions.
Many of these vehicles are equipped with sophisticated communications equipment that becomes invaluable during disasters or extended SAR missions.
The counter drug mission is supported by airborne video and thermal imaging equipment.

Communications

The Civil Air Patrol operates one of the largest communications systems in the country with more than 6,000 fixed land stations and more than 10,000 land and airmobile radios operated by over 20,000 trained communicators. This system consists of voice and automatic digital communications capabilities on long and short circuit paths. Hundreds of individual networks are linked together to form a highly flexible and survivable nationwide traffic handling system.

The CAP National Digital Radio Network has drawn particular interest from other organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency which has joined the network and included it in their emergency communications planning.

The NDRN consists of more than 2,000 computer based radio stations which take advantage of leading edge technology to automatically establish links as necessary and pass error-free message traffic throughout the system.

Because the system doesn't rely on telephone lines, it is highly survivable in the event of natural or man-made disasters and--also because of its radio-based architecture--it is extremely flexible allowing end-users to "plug" into the system from anywhere within radio range of one of the 500-plus system nodes across the country.

Supplies & Equipment

CAP screens mission-essential property from Defense Re-utilization and Marketing Offices as a federal agent.

Each level of CAP also has a combination of appropriated, state, and donated funds to purchase equipment and support their missions.

For more information click on the menu on the home page or come by and visit us during our meetings. All visitors are welcome. For those of you that are visiting and do not quite know what Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is all about either stop by during one of our meetings or click here for more information on CAP's history