FROM THE COMMANDER

I would like to thank you for your interest in the Civil Air Patrol Program.  Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer community service organization.  The program is unlike many organizations that you or your child may have been involved with in the past. Civil Air Patrol was conceived in the late 1930s by legendary aviation advocate Gill Robb Wilson, who foresaw aviation's role in war and general aviation's potential to supplement America's military operations.  With the help of New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Civil Air Patrol was established on December 1, 1941, just days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  During the course of the war, members served the country by participating in anti-submarine patrols off our coasts.  The CAP coastal patrols flew over 24 million miles, found 173 submarines, attacked 57, hit 10 and was credited with sinking two.
 
Today, as the Civilian Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol conducts approximately 90 percent of Air Force inland search and rescue operations.  Each year we are credited with saving approximately 75 lives.  In recent years, Civil Air Patrol has been an active participant in rescue operations during 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the south and central U.S., North Dakota flash flooding and the October 2006 earthquake in Hawaii, as well as humanitarian missions along the U.S. and Mexican border.  Additionally, Civil Air Patrol members are dedicated to counter drug reconnaissance and to teaching a new generation about aerospace and its impact on our future.
 
Our cadet program ensures our youth receive some of the finest aerospace and leadership training the nation has to offer.  Patrick Composite Squadron is a proud and active participant in that program. 

Our Squadron is located at the intersection of Shearwater Parkway and Poinsettia Rd.  Approximately halfway between South Patrick Drive and Hwy A1A.  MAP
 
We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 1815 (6:15 pm) to 2045 (8:45 pm).  We'd love to have you join us!       
 
For more information, contact us at (321) 345-9178
or send us an e-mail using the email tool on the right.

Semper Vigilans!

Lt Col Daniel Kirby, CAP

Squadron Commander

News from Around the Region

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Puerto Rico Wing Members Participate in SAR Inland Planning Course
By Lt Col Erick Herrera
February 1, 2019
The course is focused on wilderness searches. It consists of classroom lessons and practical, tabletop exercises. Course participants learn about planning an extended search using Probability of Success (POS). The tools are mathematically based and n ...
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Search and rescue: Three Marco/Naples Squadrons Hold Training Exercise
By Jesse Baker
January 30, 2019
The Marco Island Senior Squadron hosted a search and rescue exercise on 19, 20, and 27 January 2019. The Civil Air Patrol training mission was a joint venture that included members from the Naples Senior Squadron and Naples Cadet Squadron.
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Group 5 Offers CAP Officers Opportunity to Complete Advanced Training
By Maj Robert Corriveau
January 23, 2019
The Capstone class room portion of the Corporate Learning Course (CLC) was held on January 19th at the Airport Authority Conference Room at the Punta Gorda airport.
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Taking Small Steps Every Year; Will Get Us There
By Lt Col Ismael J. Rodríguez
December 15, 2018
Puerto Rico Wing efforts results in the most wreaths placed at the Puerto Rico National Cemetery at Bayamón, PR on 15th December 2018
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