Tenney leads the way in fighting for the Civil Air Patrol

Rep. Claudia Tenney

Tenney urges continued funding in the 2018 budget

Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) authored a letter with the support of more than 40 members of Congress calling for continued funding of the Civil Air Patrol in the 2018 Fiscal Year Budget. The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary force of the U.S. Airforce, plays a key role in supporting both defense and homeland security operations throughout the nation. Among its many functions, the Civil Air Patrol trains interceptor pilots and unmanned aerial vehicle operators, and responds to a range of federal emergency situations.

In a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Tenney requested a continuation in funding to allow the Civil Air Patrol to remain fully operational, as well as additional funding to cover necessary upgrades that the Civil Air Patrol must make to meet emerging missions.

“The Civil Air Patrol has a long history of serving our communities across the nation by providing emergency services as well as educational and training programs. As an all-volunteer force, the Civil Air Patrol has selflessly served the American people for 75 years, enhancing both our overall defense and air superiority. This funding will ensure that Civil Air Patrol squadrons in the 22nd District, and throughout the nation, are equipped with the necessary resources to keep our communities safe. Last year alone, the Civil Air Patrol saved 29 lives through search-and-rescue operations.  The importance of the services provided by the Civil Air Patrol is clear. That’s why I am leading the fight to ensure that the program receives the funding necessary to continue its mission in 2018.”

The Civil Air Patrol has 56,000 members nationwide and also operates educational programs for young cadets in more than 1,500 communities. Funding requested in the letter would be used for operations and maintenance needs as well as vehicle and aircraft procurement.

The full text of the letter is as follows:

The Honorable Kay Granger

Chairwoman

Subcommittee on Defense

House Committee on Appropriations

H-405, the U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Peter Visclosky

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Defense

House Committee on Appropriations

1016 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky,

We write today in support of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and to respectfully request consideration of our funding request for Fiscal Year 2018. We request $30.8 million for CAP’s operations and maintenance account, $10.6 million for aircraft procurement, and $1.7 million for vehicle procurement. CAP plays an integral role in supporting critical defense and homeland security missions. As the Air Force’s official auxiliary force, investments in CAP contribute to enhancing our overall defense posture and augmenting our nation’s air superiority.

The requested funding for CAP’s operations and maintenance account would amount to a $2.8 million increase over the previous fiscal year while the requested amount for aircraft procurement represents a $300,000 increase. The increase for CAP’s operations and maintenance account is critical due to a federal stipulation requiring all aircraft within the United States to upgrade to ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast) by 2020. Currently, CAP maintains 550 aircraft, and upgrade costs are estimated to range from $6,172 to $6,626 per aircraft. In addition, this funding would support necessary cyber security upgrades as well as the replacement of non-repairable radios that are critical to sustaining CAP’s lifesaving operations. Without this increase in funding, CAP’s ability to respond to emergency situations could be severely diminished.

To maintain a functional and responsive fleet, sustained funding for CAP’s aircraft and vehicle procurement programs is also important. A $300,000 increase in CAP’s aircraft procurement will enable CAP to purchase up to 15 additional Cessna 182/206. These low-cost aircraft will provide advanced capabilities in emergency response situations and ensure that CAP remains capable of undertaking increasingly complex missions in the future. Similarly, the $1.7 million in CAP’s vehicle procurement account will enhance overall mission readiness. The funds will be used to replace aging vans, pickup trucks and SUVs that support a range of operational and emergency missions as well as cadet programs each week in more than 1,500 communities across the country.

CAP’s all-volunteer force of 56,000 provides a solid return on investment. CAP aircraft cost on average $165 per hour to operate, compared to military aircraft that cost thousands.  In Fiscal Year 2016, for example, CAP saved the Air Force about $10 million in search and rescue costs, $3 million in air defense training costs, and $500,000 in military aircraft escort costs. In total, the time and resources CAP’s all-volunteer force of professionals contributed last year was more than $167 million nationwide, which amounts to a more than 4 to 1 return on investment.

The range of missions undertaken by CAP are vital to supporting our local communities. In 2016, for example, CAP saved 29 lives using state-of-the-art search and rescue aircraft along with ground search teams. Today, CAP is also helping to train interceptor pilots and unmanned aerial vehicle operators under realistic conditions, supports aerial observation missions and counterdrug operations, provides aerial photo reconnaissance to FEMA, and assists regularly in forest fire patrols. CAP’s weekly youth and aerospace education programs have also introduced thousands of young students to aviation and the importance of national service. Its outstanding youth, citizenship and educational programs reach 24,000 young adults, known as CAP cadets, providing schools with STEM education materials and workshops to train America’s youth for the future.

For 75 years, CAP’s all volunteer force has selflessly served America in times of war and peace. To enable CAP to continue undertaking its mission, we ask that the organization continue to receive robust support from Congress. We thank you for in advance for consideration of this request and stand ready to answer any questions you may have.

  1. Rep. Claudia Tenney
  2. Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty
  3. Rep. Michael McCaul
  4. Rep. Collin C. Peterson
  5. Rep. John Katko
  6. Rep. Daniel W. Lipinski
  7. Rep. Don Young
  8. Rep. Julia Brownley
  9. Rep. Walter B. Jones
  10. Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr.
  11. Rep. Don Bacon
  12. Rep. Robin L. Kelly
  13. Rep. Gregg Harper
  14. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II
  15. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson
  16. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
  17. Rep. Mike Coffman
  18. Rep. Albio Sires
  19. Rep. Ralph Abraham, M.D.
  20. Rep. Tim Walz
  21. Rep. Tom Marino
  22. Rep. Ron Kind
  23. Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo
  24. Rep. Ed Perlmutter
  25. Rep. Ryan A. Costello
  26. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott
  27. Rep. Ann Wagner
  28. Rep. Bill Foster
  29. Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
  30. Rep. Jacky Rosen
  31. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
  32. Rep. Jan Schakowsky
  33. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
  34. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa
  35. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch
  36. Rep. Peter Welch
  37. Rep. Keith Ellison
  38. Rep. Adam Kinzinger
  39. Rep. Pramila Jayapal
  40. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter
  41. Rep. Scott Peters        
  42. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, III
  43. Rep. Barry Loudermilk          
  44. Rep. William R. Keating
  45. Rep. Peter T. King
  46. Rep. James P. McGovern
  47. Rep. David Rouzer

1 comment to Tenney leads the way in fighting for the Civil Air Patrol

  • Lt. Col William Houting, CAP

    Thank You Representative Tenney for your support of Civil Air Patrol! It is Greatly Appreciated!

    Semper Vigilans.

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