Lakeland Composite Squadron (SER-FL-466), is one of many squadrons serving under the command of Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol.  As a composite squadron, the unit's membership consist of both cadet (12-21 years old) and senior members (18 years old and older).  This squadron performs the tactical application of all three of Civil Air Patrol's Congressionally mandated missions:  Aerospace Education, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs.

 
Mission Statement

Supporting America’s Communities With Emergency Response,
Diverse Aviation And Ground Services, Youth Development, 
And Promotion Of 
Air, Space, And Cyber Power


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     The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF).[3] CAP is a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles, and occupations. It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth. In addition, CAP has recently been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions. CAP also performs non-auxiliary missions for various governmental and private agencies, such as local law enforcement and the American Red Cross. The program is established as an organization by Title 10 of the United States Code[4] and its purposes defined by Title 36.[5]

 

     Membership in the organization consists of cadets ranging from 12 to just under 21 years of age, and senior members 18 years of age and up. These two groups each have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of pursuits; the cadet program contributes to the development of the former group with a structured syllabus and an organization based upon United States Air Force ranks and pay grades, while the older members serve as instructors, supervisors, and operators. All members wear uniforms while performing their duties.


     Nationwide, CAP is a major operator of single-engine general aviation aircraft, used in the execution of its various missions, including orientation flights for cadets and the provision of significant emergency services capabilities. Because of these extensive flying opportunities, many CAP members become licensed pilots.

 


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Florida Wing receives "satisfactory and fully mission capable" rating at the bi-annual Operations Evaluation.
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April 17, 2019 | By: Capt. Sybrian Castleman
Jacksonville members recognized for their service during the Hurricane Maria missions in Puerto Rico.
National Commander visits Tennessee university
April 15, 2019 | By: Lt. Col. Andrew Oppmann
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Florida Wing 2019 Special Acts and Selection Boards
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Florida Wing Special Acts and Selection Board Award Winners for 2019
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