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Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 60,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

Mission Statement

Volunteers Serving America’s Communities, Saving Lives, and Shaping Futures.

Vision Statement

Civil Air Patrol, America's Air Force auxiliary, building the nation's finest force of citizen volunteers serving America.

Core Values

Integrity, Volunteerism, Excellence and Respect.

About Us - TX091 Brownsville Composite Squadron

The Brownsville Composite Squadron has a long history since it was chartered in December 1941. On December 1, 1941, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded as a civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Army Air Corp a few days prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. CAP establishes coastal patrol bases from Maine to Mexico. Coastal Patrol Base #12 was first in Brownsville and later moved to San Benito. Base #12 CAP volunteer pilots fly over 30,000 hours of patrol missions along the South Texas coast looking for German U-Boats and helping to secure the nations border. In 1947, CAP becomes the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force by an act of congress. In 1957 the Brownsville Composite Squadron was chartered as a cadet and senior squadron and has been active at the Brownsville / South Padre Island International Airport ever since.

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