Civil Air Patrol and
Greenville Composite Squadron
HISTORY OF CIVIL AIR PATROL
the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for
aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and
flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a
result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer
members answered America's call to national service and
sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime
missions. Assigned to the War Department under the
jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of
Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying
hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of
crash victims during World War II, are well documented.
After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air
Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both
local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President
Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air
Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26,
1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently
establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new
U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth
at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and
Types of Squadrons:
SENIOR Senior squadrons only have an adult program for senior
members 18 years of age and older. Cadets are not accepted
into senior squadrons.
CADET Cadet squadrons only have a youth program for cadets. There
are senior members in this program, but their purpose is to
manage the youth program. Adults join if their primary
interest is working with the cadets.
COMPOSITE Composite squadrons have both a senior and a cadet program.
GROUP A group is a
special administrative unit and does not usually
accept new CAP members.
Civil Air Patrol
National Headquarters are located at Maxwell Air Force Base,
GREENVILLE COMPOSITE SQUADRON (SC-014)
The Greenville squadron was chartered June 4, 1957. Initially it
comprised Senior members only. Later the squadron was expanded
to include Cadet programs, at which time it became known as
Greenville Composite Squadron. The squadron is a component of
the South Carolina Wing, which is part of the Middle East Region
of Civil Air Patrol.