The Civil Air Patrol is not a static entity, as evidenced by the addition of a new squadron at Socorro, N.M. Formed initially in February with 14 members, the Socorro Composite Squadron now has 25 members. And, it just promoted its first two cadets. Per the CAP fact sheet, the Air Force Auxiliary has some 1,700 units.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.