About Inland Empire Group 3

Under the command of Maj Ken Benner, Inland Empire Group 3 is headquartered at March Air Reserve Base – 5730 Riverside Dr, March Air Reserve Base, CA 92518. (map)

Many of our adult members are currently in the National Guard or Reserves or have previous military experience. Several civilian members have a technical background in science, engineering or education. Our cadets are in middle school, high school and college, and many are in homeschooling programs.

Our mission statement:

“Strength in Unity – success through cooperation and resolve.”

The goals of the Inland Empire Group 3 are:

  1. To create a strong CAP organization that assists young adults in making career path choices primarily in military, technical or aviation-related fields.
  2. To support the community by providing Emergency Management officials with organized teams that are trained and equipped for Air / Ground Search & Rescue and Disaster Relief missions.

About Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Founded on December 1, 1941, we are an all-volunteer force comprised of people from every background and of all ages.

We perform essential Search and Rescue functions for missing aircraft, aircraft emergency beacons, disaster relief, aerial reconnaissance and more. In addition, our Cadet Program helps youths from 12-18 years of age learn and experience some of the best opportunities available, including leadership training, scholarships, flight academies, international exchanges, search and rescue schools and a music academy. We also aim to educate the public on matters of aerospace and aviation.

Membership is open to all U.S. citizens from age 12 and up. Our members wear U.S. Air Force uniforms with our distinctive CAP insignia and carry out missions essential to our civil defense and safety. There is room for people from all walks of life with all sorts of interests, from pilots and prior military members to those with interest in radio communication, public affairs and education.

More information can be found on our National CAP page, GoCivilAirPatrol.com.

Joining Civil Air Patrol

Most people join CAP as a member of a squadron. Squadrons are the heart of CAP. They meet every week and provide training and activities. Some adult members with particular specialties may be interested in directly joining the Group HQ unit.

  •  If you are local to Southern California, find the squadron closest to you and call the commander to arrange a visit.
  • If you are outside of California, you can use CAP’s unit locator to find a unit close to you: GoCivilAirPatrol.com.