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ROANOKE COMPOSITE SQUADRON

Roanoke, Virginia

MER-VA-048

 

SEMPER VIGILANS - Always Vigilant

Lt Col John M. Powers, CAP - Commander

 

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This site is the official website of the Roanoke Composite Squadron, representing the Civil Air Patrol in the Roanoke Valley of Southwestern Virginia.  Since 1946, Civil Air Patrol has served as the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, charging its members with three missions. First, CAP promotes the benefits of general aviation. Over the years, that mission has expanded to include aerospace education, both internally to our members and externally to the general public and surround community. Second, CAP provides a cadet training program to support the nationís youth in contributing to society and preparing for successful adult lives. Finally, Civil Air Patrol provides emergency services and disaster relief, the work for which CAP is often known for today.

The Roanoke Composite Squadron is a group of adults and youth who share a common interest in one of the three missions of CAP. Within that framework members over the age of 18 can be involved as a senior member/officer. Youth over the age of 12 and in 6th grade or higher may participate as a cadet member.

Cadets are involved with activities such as training in emergency services, model rocketry, orientation flights, encampments, leadership training and weekly meetings where cadets learn moral leadership and train for their various tasks. Promotions are earned when specific testing goals are met. The cadet program is designed to be an interesting and challenging experience for young adults. Through their experiences as CAP cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's aerospace leaders. The leadership skills, self-confidence, and discipline cadets gain through CAP prepares them to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves in life.

Within CAP, we provide a community service via our emergency services training. These resources are available to the region and state utilizing a communications network, ground teams and air crews. Many may be aware of our search and rescue activities as CAP conducts over 80 percent of all inland searches within the lower 48 states. We also are involved with homeland security, disaster relief, and counter drug operations. Finally, CAP has a program designed to promote science and aerospace by providing local teachers access to aerospace resources and lesson plans, as well as other opportunities for youth and community aviation education.

We would like to invite you to visit one of our meetings and meet us. Youth or adult, we have a place for you to be involved! The Roanoke Civil Air Patrol Squadron meets at the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center located just off of Peters Creek Road at 312 Whitwell Drive, Roanoke, VA 24019, starting at 7:00 pm. Click here for directions, or contact us for more information.

 

 

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