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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 56,000 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 Van Meter Cadet Squadron was chartered in honor of Solomon Lee Van Meter, Jr. (1888-1937), a native of Lexington, served in the U.S. military from 1917 until 1928. His patented parachute device from 1916 was ultimately refined to a single chute, strapped to the back of an aviator and deployed by a ripcord. It was the foundation of parachutes and ejection seats used today in modern high-performance military aircraft. Members of the Van Meter Cadet Squadron consistently strive to serve the Community of Lexington, KY through Aerospace Education, Emergency Services and our Cadet Program.

Our Mission Statement

Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power.

Our Vision Statement

Civil Air Patrol, America's Air Force auxiliary, building the nation's finest force of citizen volunteers serving America.

Our Core Values

Integrity, Volunteerism, Excellence and Respect.

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