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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Florida Wing Commander Presents Earhart Award at Venice Cadet Squadron
By 1 Lt Julie McDonald
April 23, 2019
Cadet Captain Justin McDonald is presented with the Earhart Award
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NRA Marksmanship Training in Tallahassee
By Maj Patrick White
April 17, 2019
Cadets enjoy a day at the Tallahassee Rifle and Pistol Club for their NRA Marksmanship Awards.
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Florida Wing Renovates Communications Trailer
By 1st Lt. Jay Rosenfeld
April 17, 2019
Florida Wing completes renovations of the Communications Trailer and Col. Luis Garcia views updates at Sun n Fun.
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Jacksonville Squadron Members Recognized for Hurricane Maria Missions
By 2nd Lt. Jeff Valin
April 17, 2019
Jacksonville members recognized for their service during the Hurricane Maria missions in Puerto Rico.
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