Thank you for taking the time to learn about Civil Air Patrol
(CAP) and the Boca Raton Composite Squadron (BRCS).
Our membership consists of teenage and adult volunteers
dedicated to providing search and rescue, disaster relief, counter-drug
operations, and youth mentoring. Your support is needed so we can continue to
serve our community, stae and nation.
has been fortunate to be able to hold its weekly meetings on Tuesday evenings
at the Boca Raton Airport.
of this location we attract young people, pilots and former military to join
hangar next to our meeting place houses the squadron’s brand new Air
Force-issued Cessna 182T fitted with a Garmin 1000 glass cockpit and state of
the art search and rescue equipment. This aircraft is used for Search and
Rescue, Homeland security and Aerospace Education.
The Boca Raton Composite Squadron
command staff demonstrates our passion for aviation.
Squadron Commander Lt Col Mike
Harding joined CAP over 30 years ago, after he was rescued from the Everglades
by a CAP aircraft. He has several Master Ratings including Emergency
Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education. He has thousands of
hours as an FAA Flight Instructor and is currently a CAP Check Pilot Examiner
and Mission Check Pilot Examiner. Lt Col Harding is also qualified as an
Incident Commander for major missions such as natural disasters.
Captain Douglas C. Martin is our
Deputy Commander for Seniors. He has been flying since 1981 and has logged in
more than 1400 flying hours and is Seaplane rated.
Our Deputy Commander for Cadets, Lt
Col Lawrence Model, M.D. joined CAP nearly 20 years ago as the father of a
cadet. He has served as a Squadron Commander, Group Commander, NY Wing
Inspector General, and NY Wing Chief of Staff. Before retiring from his medical
practice he was the NY Wing Health Services Officer. Lt Col Model has Masters
ratings in Cadet Programs, Inspection, and Command.
Cadet Leadership Program
CAP is known for its Cadet
Leadership Programs. Cadets, ages 12 to 21, are given critically needed
support, training, and guidance. They gain confidence as they acquire
operational skills and leadership experience. It is one of the premier programs
designed to help shape these young people into responsible, successful
citizens. They are introduced to aviation and actually get to fly in our
aircraft on orientation flights. As a result our cadet corps is expanding
rapidly with new members every month.
With Emergency Services being one of our primary focuses, Civil
Air Patrol has been involved in disaster relief undertakings around the
country. We conduct rigorous training throughout the year to be prepared for
The BRCS is a key player in Florida’s search and rescue missions
including maritime, aviation and counter-drug reduction. We work with state
officials in coordinating and providing fire, hurricane, cyclone, tornado, and
flood relief efforts. We have performed a wide variety of missions including
rescuing boaters at sea, finding downed aircraft, aerial surveillance,
assisting the US Air Force with Homeland Security as well as providing first
aid administration, shelter, supply center assistance and clean up during
Remember Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Wilma and Irma – we were there! Our
members have received local and national recognition for their dedication and
service, which saved lives.