The Southwest Iowa Region has a long and rich history when it comes to the Civil Air Patrol. Beginning in the 1940s, CAP set up a base of operations at the Red Oak Municipal Airport and for the next several decades became known for their dedication to their community and surrounding communities as well. Times have come and times have gone, and while there have been a few periods of inactivity, the Civil Air Patrol has remained one of the most recognized civic organizations in and around Iowa.

In June of 2008, a new group of members brought CAP back to Southwest Iowa and with it a new crop of volunteer members and exciting opportunities for Red Oak and its surrounding communities.

Since the recent re-birth of CAP in Red Oak, youth and adults alike have formed a cohesive group of like-minded individuals who feel that service to their community, state and nation is ever a main priority. These dedicated members of CAP have given of their time and talents to assist in state-wide fly ins and air shows, search and rescue exercises and missions and to the well being of their local communities in various ways.

Have you ever seen the cadets running across the Airport's apron around 7:30pm on a Tuesday night? Or out on the apron in full BDU gear with brightly colored orange or yellow safety vests on? How about around the airport carrying a GPS unit or funny looking "H" mast?

While a lot of what we do is training for emergency services or volunteering or even book testing, we do have a wide variety of activities and events that go on throughout the year which all of our members are encouraged to participate in. Even if you're not that into aviation, we have something for you.

So if you're free on a Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30, or if you're looking to get out of the house on the 3rd Saturday, come on over to the airport. Come meet us, come see what we do. Sit, stay awhile, relax and get know us.

If you can't make it to a meeting please feel free to email us or give us a call, we always have time to make new friends.