Frank D’Angelo – CAP

posted October 25th, 2013 by John B.

FrankFrank D’Angelo


Civil Air Patrol (CAP) 1st Lieutenant

Enlist Date:

Joined October of 2010

How long have you been in the military?

Over three years of service in CAP

Do you plan to re-enlist?

Yes.  CAP membership is renewed annually on the month initially joined.

Why did you join?

As a United States Airman, I am able to use my training and experience to contribute to the missions of the Civil Air Patrol.

Why did you pick the Service Branch you did?

The Civil Air Patrol is the Air Force Auxiliary.  I have been an enlisted Airman since March of 1999.  The CAP squadron I am a member of (Offutt Composite Squadron) is located on the base that I’m stationed at.

What is your military occupation?

As a CAP officer, I serve at squadron level as the Drug Demand Reduction Officer and at Wing Level as the assistant Drug Demand Reduction Administrator.  I also serve as an Aerial Scanner, which is Search & Rescue position.  Aerial Scanners sit behind the pilot and scan the ground on the left side of the aircraft to look for the objective, whether it be missing hikers or campers, missing persons, or a downed aircraft.

What is your current Duty Station?

As an officer in the Civil Air Patrol, I am currently a member of the General Curtis E. LeMay Offutt Composite Squadron, located at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

Best duty station?

Since joining CAP I have only served at Offutt Air Force Base, NE.

What are some are your past duty stations?

As an active duty Airman, prior to joining the Civil Air Patrol, I have been stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. and Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

Best part about serving?

Whether you’re a military service member or a civilian, CAP is an opportunity to serve your local community through its three fundamental functions, aerospace education, cadet program, and emergency services.

What is the toughest / worst part about serving?

Senior members (adults who officers, flight officers, or non-commissioned officers) who are trained and certified in any of CAP’s emergency services competencies can be called at any time to respond to real-world emergencies  Many CAP members work full-time jobs and are not available to respond at all times of the day and night.  Members can specify what days and times they are available to respond.

Your advice about enlisting into the military:

The Civil Air Patrol is the non-combat arm of the U.S. Air Force.  It is not a hobby or a club.  It does require a level of commitment and willingness to learn, training, and participate.  It can also be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

How would you advise someone to prepare for serving?

Find a nearby CAP unit and visit their official website.  Find out when their meeting are held and contact them about visiting them.  Before choosing to become a member, make sure it’s something you really want to and are capable of being a part of.

How was boot camp (best/worse/funniest)?

CAP doesn’t have a boot camp, per se.  But, there are training and education opportunities throughout the year, for Cadets and senior members, at squadron level up to national level.  Learn more from your location unit or at

How long was boot camp?

Training and education opportunities for Cadets and senior members can be a few hours long to a week long.

What is an average day like?

Weekly meetings, depending on the type of unit, can consist of training, testing, education, and lots of fun.  Contact your local unit to learn more about the CAP in your area.