Meeting Information & Directions

Eglin Composite Squadron meets on Monday evenings from 1830 to 2100 (6:30pm to 9:00pm) at Building 38 on Eglin AFB. The building address is 502 Choctawhatcee Ave, Eglin AFB FL,32542. Members without base access must coordinate a sponsor to get on base. If during meeting hours, you may call 850-882-1878. From Eglin's East Gate (Val-p / Niceville) make a right at the 3rd traffic light onto 7th Street. From Eglin's West Gate (Shalimar) make a left at the second traffic light onto 7th Street. Once on 7th Street, continue to the top of the hill to the stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign onto Choctawhacee Ave. Building 38 will be on the left, at the corner of Choctawhatcee Ave and Florida Ave. Parking is behind the building. Click here to download maps and driving directions to Eglin Composite Squadron. NOTE:During times of national emergency or heightened base security, access to the base may be delayed or denied. Also, DoD regulations prohibit the use of cell phones while driving on military installations unless parked or using a hands-free device. Civilian drivers may be ticketed and fined; military drivers may have base driving privileges restricted or revoked.

About Eglin AFB & Access Procedures

Eglin AFB is one of the largest Air Force bases in the world and is home to the Air Armament Center and the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center. Because of the complexities of the base and real world situations, access to the base requires some coordination.

There are several methods for gaining access to the installation for the purpose of participating with the Civil Air Patrol. Each is described below. Please take advantage of the information below so that your visit to Eglin AFB is made as easy as possible.

Please remember while driving on Eglin AFB seat belts are required for ALL passengers at all times and cell phone use and texting while driving are prohibited. Speed limits must be adhered to at all times. Failure to comply with these rules may jeopardize your access to the installation.

Active, Reserve, Guard, or DoD Civilian: All that is required for you to gain access is presentation of your military identification card. If you fall under this category, it is the simplest way to enter the installation. The base often requires 100% ID check, however, so if you are arriving with passengers they must also meet access requirements for the base through one of the methods listed here or via sign in at the visitor center with the DoD ID card holder as the sponsor.

Civil Air Patrol Member (Senior Member or Cadet Member): Any member of the Civil Air Patrol may enter Eglin AFB by presenting a current CAP identification card and government issued photo identification card (driver license, student ID, etc). CAP members may NOT escort or sponsor anyone onto the installation. Each CAP member must be able to present identification (not just the driver). Parents of cadets are encouraged to join as Cadet Sponsor Member (CSM). CSMs complete the FBI background check and receive a CAP ID card. This simplifies the process of picking up their cadet.

Entry Access List (EAL): Non-military and non-CAP members may be added to the squadron's EAL. This listing is approved by the commander and submitted monthly to the 96th Security Forces Squadron. The list is for parents with children in the cadet program who are not cadet sponsor members and need access to the base to pick their child up after meetings and activities. This is often times the most challenging way to gain access depending on the lists availability at the gates. To be added to the EAL, attend a meeting (as a visitor via procedures listed below) and coordinate with the Deputy Commander for Cadets. The 96th SFS will run a background check on all EAL listed individuals.

Visitors: If you don't have access to the base and are not affiliated with CAP, you can still attend our meetings. To do so, please send an e-mail to and a sponsor will be coordinated so you can attend the meeting to determine if CAP is an organization you are interested in participating with.

Unit History

Eglin Composite Squadron was chartered in February 1967 as Eglin Cadet Squadron. Lieutenant Ellis Thompson was the squadron's first commander.

In 1995, squadron members responded to both Hurricanes Erin and Opal, staffing the Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center. Squadron teams performed damage assessment, staffed evacuation shelters, and transported and distributed relief supplies. Other members responded to numerous Air Force Rescue Coordination Center missions to locate and secure emergency locator transmitters activated by thestorms. Squadron members overcame many obstacles under hazardous conditions to expedite the recovery to provide relief to those in need. Many members were storm victims themselves who delayed their own recovery to help others.

Their superb efforts, unselfish devotion to duty, and their professionalism was recognized by the State of Florida Insurance Commissioner with certificates of appreciation, and by Civil Air Patrol's Florida Wing, which selected Eglin Composite Squadron as the top unit of its type in the state for 1995.

The Unit Citation Award is presented to units for exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement that sets the unit above and apart from similar units. The squadron is authorized to display a red unit citation on the unit flag and Civil Air Patrol members who were assigned to Eglin Composite Squadron at any time between Feb 1967 and Dec 1995 are authorized to wear the green Unit Citation ribbon on their service dress uniforms.