Pinellas 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).