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
Roanoke, VA 24019, starting at 7:00 pm.
Click here for directions, or contact us for more information.