Welcome to the website of the Middle East Region of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary. CAP has 52 wings, one for each state and one for Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands. These wings are divided into geographic regions; the MER contains the mid-Atlantic wings of Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. The MER provides command oversight for each wing, support for staff areas to execute CAP's three congressionally-chartered missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education.
Last year the MER flew over 11,000 hours with its 63 aircraft. These missions included training and actual missions supporting search and rescue, homeland security, counter drug, disaster relief, and orientation flights -introducing the world of aviation to youth and educators to support the "hands on" science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs across the region. Our world-class cadet program for youth ages 12-20 provides an enriched leadership opportunity to help train the leaders of tomorrow.
The most important asset of our region is our 7,000 unpaid professionals who stand ready to support the CAP Motto of "Semper Vigilans" (Always Vigilant). Our region motto of "No Boundaries - No Limits" demonstrates our commitment to serve using all the resources available whenever and wherever we are tasked, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are interested in working with youth, in emergency services or in support of our country’s homeland security and counter drug missions, then consider Civil Air Patrol. Please visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, our national headquarters’ website, or link to your state (wing) website and find the nearest unit or contact your wing headquarters.
John M. Knowles, Col, CAP MER/CC