About Us

CAP Cessna 182Pinellas Senior Squadron, is one of several squadrons serving under the command Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol.  As a senior squadron, the unit's membership consist of senior members (18 years old and older).  This squadron performs the tactical application of two of Civil Air Patrol's Congressionally mandated missions:  Aerospace Education and Emergency Services.
We are the Pinellas Senior Squadron Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a Congressionally chartered, federally supported, non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force.  We are a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations. 
A not-for-profit organization, the Civil Air Patrol performs a variety of varied and interesting missions to aid our nation and its citizens. We have three types of squadrons: senior squadrons (focused primarily upon emergency services), cadet squadrons (focused upon cadet programs) and composite squadrons (who combine both elements).  We are a senior squadron.

The Florida Wing conducts search and rescue missions for lost aircraft and persons- and always on a volunteer basis.  We have an award-winning cadet program (through sister squadrons) that promotes self-initiative, discipline, leadership and personal growth and development.

The Florida Wing performs non-auxiliary missions for governmental and private agencies, such as local emergency management agencies, local law enforcement and the American Red Cross.  As disaster recovery volunteers we are often at the forefront helping Federal, state and local disaster agencies with a range of dedicated and highly trained volunteers from across the country. 

CAP units from across the state of Florida pitch in to help in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding.  We are often called upon to assist in the transport of human tissue or blood, provide photo reconnaissance or as well as provide auxiliary support for the US Air Force.

Founded just prior to World War II in 1941, our volunteer pilots, ground crews and thousands of other volunteers across Florida and across the Nation follow our motto: "Semper Vigilans" (Always Vigilant). 
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Our Mission

Following World War Two, the role of the Civil Air Patrol in servitude to its citizens needed redefining.  On May 26, 1948 the 80th Congress passed Public Law 80-557 permanently establishing the Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the newly established U.S. Air Force.  

Aerospace Education

Aerospace EducationCAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public.  The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues.  To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program.  Aerospace educators at CAP's National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence.  Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external.         
The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the  achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.                                
CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system.  Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people.  These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology.  CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials. 
To learn more about CAP's aerospace education programs, products, and other resources available to our members, go to  For information about joining as an aerospace education member (AEM) and to join online, go to  

Cadet Programs

Cadet ProgramWhile there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone.  Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program.  The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.  Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic). 
Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program.  Each year, cadets have the opportunity  to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level.  Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy.  Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation.

Emergency Services

Emergency Services ProgramGrowing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

Search and Rescue                               
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Nearly 100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

Disaster Relief                                
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Humanitarian Services                            
CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

Air Force Support                            
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions. 

CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.


Meeting Place & Time

Pinellas Senior Squadron, CAP
     Gate 6,
     579 8th Ave SE
     St Petersburg, FL 33701
Meetings-- First 3 Wednesdays each Month @ 7:00 PM

Squadron Leadership

    Ron Klemm, Capt, CAP
   Deputy Commander