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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Naples Cadets serve at Aviation Day
By Capt. Donald Binner
December 8, 2019
Naples cadets and senior members support Aviation Day held recently at Page Field, Ft. Myers, FL.
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Groundbreaking Ceremony held at Marco Island Squadron
By Maj. Robert Corriveau
November 25, 2019
The Marco Island Senior Squadron held a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of a project to replace the hangar destroyed during Hurricane Irma.
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Up Close and Personal at the Punta Gorda Airshow
By 1st Lt Donna Jablonski, Public Affairs Officer
November 21, 2019
Cadets enjoy meeting U.S. Air Force demonstration teams at Florida International Airshow.
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Group 5 completes successful SLS course
By Maj. Robert Corriveau, Professional Development Officer
October 30, 2019
Members from Florida WIng's Group 5 and Group 2 attended the Capstone segment of the Squadron Leadership School (SLS) held recently at the Punta Gorda Airport Authority conference room at KPGD.
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