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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The Sky Is Not The Limit For This Cadet
By 2nd Lt Donna Jablonski
August 15, 2019
Charlotte County Cadet continue her successful CAP career by earning her Private Pilot Certificate and CAP Pilot rating.
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Van Buren Assumes SE Region Command
By Southeast Region PAO staff
August 9, 2019
Col. Andrea Van Buren accepted command of Civil Air Patrol’s Southeast Region – the organization’s largest, with about 9,100 members spread across six wings – during ceremonies Thursday at CAP’s annual National Conference.
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38 CP Officers Improved their Mentoring and Management skills at TLC-Intermediate
By Lt Col Ismael J. Rodriguez
July 13, 2019
Puerto Rico Wing held for the first time a very successful Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) Intermediate course. It was held on 13 July 2019 at the Honeywell Aerospace Conference room facilities in Aguadilla, PR. There were a total of 38 students re ...
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Georgia Wing's Van Buren named next SER commander
By National Public Affairs Team
July 3, 2019
Col. Andrea Van Buren has been named the Southeast Region’s next commander, succeeding Col. Barry Melton, who has held the post since June 2015.Van Buren will take command of the six-wing region at the National Conference in August. She has been Geor ...
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