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 2030 (8:30 pm).  We'd love to have you join us!       
 
For more information, contact us at (321) 639-7488
or send us an e-mail using the email tool on the right.

Semper vigilans!

Lt Col Dan Kirby, CAP

Squadron Commander

News from Around the Region

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Aircrews Provide Over 6,200 Damage Assessment Photos in Week 1 of Hurricane Response
By Lt Col Andrew Oppmann
October 17, 2018
Florida and Georgia Wings, Civil Air Patrol have flown 122 sorties and have taken over 6,200 photos for assessment of Michael's damage. Lt. Col. Jerusha McLeod Dooley of the National Capital Wing in the District of Columbia, originally from the Des ...
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Civil Air Patrol Flying Missions To Document Michael's Impact
By Lt. Col. Andrew Oppmann
October 12, 2018
Civil Air Patrol's Florida and Georgia Wings working hard in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael to document damage. Photo reconnaissance missions are being flown to assist federal and local agents in getting help where needed most.
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Southeast Region Stands Ready To Assist After Hurricane Michael Landfall
By Lt Col Andrew Oppman
October 10, 2018
Southeast Region members work hard to prepare assets and personnel to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. They are now in a waiting mode until it clears in their area to help those in need.
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Cadet Captain Crum earns Earhart Award
By Capt. Ron Ogan
October 9, 2018
Col Hank Rogers Commander of the Mississippi Wing of the Civil Air Patrol presents Cadet Captain Joseph Crum with the Amelia Earhart Award at a ceremony on 1 October 2018. The award represents the completion of Phase III of the CAP cadet program, an ...
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