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No matter what your goals are, Civil Air Patrol can help you get the skills you need to succeed! Many once in a lifetime opportunities await you... learn how to take advantage of these opportunities by continuing to explore our site or visit the Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters site at

What Civil Air Patrol Offers

Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit organization and the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force whose three missions are Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, and Aerospace Education. CAP is for youth ages 12-21 and for adults ages 18+. 

Cadet Programs is what sets the foundation for CAP cadets to be successful in the CAP careers and beyond. It teaches core values (integrity, volunteer service, excellence, and respect), follower-ship and leadership skills, teamwork, and much more. CAP strives to teach in a multitude of ways. This includes encampment, where cadets go to camp for a week and participate in activities such as drill competitions, leadership laboratories, rock climbing, uniform inspections, military orientation rides, and much more. Other activities include International Air Cadet Exchange, where cadets travel to another country for two weeks and serve as ambassadors for the US and CAP, and Cadet Officer School, where cadets travel to Maxwell Air Force Base in Maxwell, AL, and go through the same course that our military officers go through.

Emergency Services includes a wide range of activities. From disaster relief to search and rescue to counter-drug activities.  Cadets and senior members in CAP are able to participate in real life emergency services missions under the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center as well as other local, state, and national organizations and agencies. CAP members learn valuable field survival and searching skills. Through Emergency Services, CAP members save lives across the country.

Aerospace Education is perhaps what attracts most cadets to CAP is the opportunity to fly in real aircraft. CAP is chartered by US Congress to teach Aerospace to the general public and specifically to CAP members. Most often taught through hands on activities, cadets, and seniors, have the opportunity to launch rockets, fly, learn about Newton’s laws, and much more.  CAP cadets are given the opportunity to fly in one of CAP’s 550 single engine aircraft up to five times before they turn 18. In addition, some cadets get the opportunity to fly in a glider. The cost of these flights is covered in the low yearly membership fee.

If this sounds interesting to you as a Cadet or as a Senior Member, we encourage you to visit. 

Our Squadron

The Columbus Composite Squadron meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:15pm at the Beightler National Guard Armory, located off of State Route 161 in Linworth, Ohio. Please enter in through the rear entrance, the third driveway on the left on Brookdown Drive. Please use the following address for GPS directions, or link to Google Maps 
for turn-by-turn directions: 

Columbus Composite Squadron conducts the Cadet Great Start program and welcomes young adults ages 12-18 to attend our next enrollment period which begins February 14, 2017.  If you would like to attend a meeting, please fill out the following information and you will be contacted. Because we meet on a military installation, you must be on the base access list prior to attending one of our meetings.  You can request to be added once you have been contacted or you may email our Deputy Commander for Cadets at  

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What to Expect at Your First Meeting

At your first meeting you will be greeted by Senior and Cadet CAP members who will share information about the squadron and the CAP program. Prospective Cadets will be asked to interact and participate in activities with other Cadets. *Please note the Columbus Composite Squadron requires three consecutive weekly meeting visits before a member can submit an application.

If you have additional questions, or would like more information about our squadron, or CAP in general, please contact us.

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