(a) The Legislature hereby makes the following findings:
(1) The Civil Air Patrol is the congressionally chartered official auxiliary of the
United States Air Force. It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: emergency services, which
includes search and rescue, by air and ground, and disaster relief operations; aerospace
education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth. In addition, the Civil Air Patrol is tasked with homeland security and other missions.
(2) The Civil Air Patrol also performs nonauxiliary missions for various federal and
state governmental and private agencies, such as the West Virginia Army and Air National
Guard, State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Division
of Forestry, local law enforcement, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the
American Red Cross.
(3) The West Virginia wing of the Civil Air Patrol, is organized, equipped, governed,
administered and trained in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United
States Air Force and the Civil Air Patrol.
(4) The West Virginia wing of the Civil Air Patrol has air and ground assets located
throughout the state, as well as highly trained aircrews, ground search crews and
other mission support personnel who perform, as unpaid professionals, valuable emergency
services missions for the citizens of West Virginia. Additionally, the West Virginia wing of the Civil Air Patrol, through its missions
of aerospace education and cadet programs, is instrumental in developing West Virginia's
youth to be the leaders of the future.
(b) In light of the invaluable services provided by the West Virginia wing of the
Civil Air Patrol to the state, it is the intent of the Legislature for the state and
the Adjutant General to provide administrative, financial and other support to the
West Virginia wing of the Civil Air Patrol so that it can continue to train and equip
itself and its unpaid personnel to perform these valuable missions for the citizens
of the state.
(c) It is also the intent of the Legislature to create protections for employees who
are members of the Civil Air Patrol and who train for, and respond to, emergency services
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