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Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Liz SydowSquadron Commander Lt. Col. Liz SydowWelcome to the home of the Fredericksburg Composite Squadron, Virginia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.  We thank you for visiting and hope that you find our website informative.   Should you be interested in the Civil Air Patrol, please visit the National Civil Air Patrol website for more information regarding membership in our organization.


Our Squadron takes great pride in the three CAP missions we serve; Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education.  Our Cadet Program is one of the largest in the Virginia Wing and received the Quality Cadet Unit Award for 2012. 

We invite you to visit during our squadron meetings to see what we do firsthand.  Our squadron meets every Thursday evening at 6:30PM at the Fredericksburg National Guard Armory.  Our Senior Member Staff Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month during these same hours.  Drive up the hill in the Armory parking lot and look for the loading dock on the building to your left. You should be able to enter that door during our Squadron meetings.  

We are happy to answer any questions you may have concerning membership in the Civil Air Patrol.  Please use the contact us tab for any questions you may have.  We hope you will consider membership in the Civil Air Patrol.

Lt. Col. Liz Sydow
Commander
Fredericksburg Composite Squadron
MER-VA-108


Civil Air Patrol Gippsland GA-8 Taxis from hangar.Civil Air Patrol Gippsland GA-8 Taxis from hangar.Civil Air Patrol - Fredericksburg Composite Squadron

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Membership in our organization consists of cadets ranging from 12 to 21 years of age - though most become senior members after age 18 - 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 either Air Force-style or CAP-disctinctive uniforms while performing our duties.

 

 

Fredericksburg CAP plans open house

Squadron Meeting (Photo Credit: 1st Lt Greg Fletcher)Squadron Meeting (Photo Credit: 1st Lt Greg Fletcher)Fredericksburg, VAThe Fredericksburg Composite Squadron, the local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) unit, will host an Open House from 7 - 9 pm on Thursday, October 30th at the Fredericksburg National Guard Armory. Entry is through the glass doors near the flagpole. All are welcome to attend to learn more about CAP.

CAP was established Dec. 1, 1941, and the Fredericksburg Composite Squadron has a long history of serving our community in times of need. Composite Squadrons includes cadets (for young people aged 12-21) and adults (19 and older) serving the community through the three missions of Civil Air Patrol; Cadet Programs, Emergency Services and Aerospace Education.

Members of the squadron will be present to greet visitors and explain CAP's missions for America. "People should plan to come between 7 and 8:30 pm. They should plan for at least 30 minutes, but can stay as long as they like. There will be demonstrations and displays throughout the night on different aspects of CAP," says Erika Fletcher, Cadet Commander for the Fredericksburg Squadron. Learn more about the Fredericksburg Composite Squadron at http://fredericksburgcap.com.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for over 70 years, CAP will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in 2015 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.capvolunteernow.com and www.capgoldmedal.com for more information.

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