We are the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force and are a multifunctional volunteer organization that serves America with a spirit of dedication and commitment. Each year Civil Air Patrol provides more than 85% of inland search and rescue support as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley AFB, VA.

In addition, CAP volunteers repeatedly respond to calls from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross when disaster strikes in the form floods, hurricanes, forest fires or other disasters, natural and man-made.

Equally important is the work we do with the youth of America. Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programs provides young men and women, ages 12-21, with a safe and motivating environment in which to grow and explore opportunities in the military and aviation industries. CAP presents an alternative life style to drugs and teenage violence, thus giving thousands of young people the opportunity to embrace the leadership roles of the 21st century with confidence and determination.

Thunderbird Squadron has a long tradition of excellence among CAP in Texas as well as the national level.

Beginning April 5th, 2016, the squadron will meet at the BridgePoint Bible Church facility, 13277 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079. It is located on the south I-10 frontage road west of Eldridge.

We meet promptly at 6:45pm to 9:00pm (18:45-21:00)  every Tuesday night. We welcome visitors any time. If you have questions please click here to Contact Us.  Print out a map on our Location Page.

Recent News:

Open House Success On All Points

Houston, TX – May 5, 2015 – The flyers advertising the squadron open house for the Thunderbird squadron read:

Would you like to honor and serve America?

Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends?

Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force...Read More »

Food Service: The Unsung Heros of the Texas Wing

ARTICLE BY: Capt. Wilmer Sosa, CAP

Brownwood, TX – June 22-28, 2015 – The day of a Food Service Warrior begins long before most other cadets wake for the morning physical training. When others are just opening their eyes to begin the day, the Food Service Warriors have already put in...Read More »

Texas Wing Cadet Education And Training Program Weekend

ARTICLE BY: Cadet Holly Feigline

Nacogdoches, TX - March 6-8, 2015, 11 cadets and senior members from SWR-TX-179, Thunderbird Composite Squadron, joined 100 others at Texas Wing Headquarters. All were eager to participate in the Cadet Training and Education Program (CTEP). CTEP is a weekend leadership training course that breaks members...Read More »

Local Mission Pilot Rejoins Former Squadron

ARTICLE BY: Capt Karl Falken, CAP

Houston, TX – April 5, 2015 – In December of 2014, Senior Member (SM) Charles E. Gill rejoined his home unit, SWR-TX-179, and brought with him a history of service and accomplishment. SM Gill was a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) pilot and a member of...Read More »

Chance Meetings Highlight Memorial Tour of Nation's Capitol


ARTICLE BY: Capt Karl Falken, CAP

Washington, D.C., 12-17 March, 2015, Lt Col Alyson White led twenty-one Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members from two squadrons on a memorable tour of the nation’s capital. Twenty members of TX-179 and a cadet from TX-436 departed Houston’s Hobby airport in the early hours of...Read More »

Thunderbird Visits The USS Cavalla


ARTICLE BY: Cadet Faith Marquez

Galveston, TX February 21, 2015 – February 22, 2015, Members of Thunderbird Composite Squadron had the opportunity to visit the USS Cavalla, a submarine from World War II. They drove to Galveston on Saturday evening to see this preserved piece of history. Their visit started with...Read More »

2nd Quarter Southwest Region Newsletter

SW region

It has been said that the SW Region Newsletter should be retitled as The Second Thunderbird Newsletter.  And while this may be partly true, it’s pretty interesting seeing what other innovative activities are happening all around the region.

This month’s message from Col. Buethe is a really great story of the...Read More »

CAP Thunderbird Color Guard Performs at Southland Conference 2015

ARTICLE BY: SM Jeanne Troyano

Katy, TX – March 14-15, 2015 – SWR-TX-179, Thunderbird Composite Squadron Color Guard was honored with an invitation by the Katy American Legion to present the colors at the recent Southland Conference Basketball Playoffs.   This event was televised by ESPN 2. A sold-out crowd was present...Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Thunderbird Cadets Honors Veterans

ARTICLE BY: Capt. Kale LeBlanc, CAP

Brookshire, TX – November 9, 2014, a special tribute was paid to members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. On Veteran’s Day, we took a moment to honor all of those that served our country.

On this Veteran’s Day, the...Read More »

Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol Winter Encampment 2014

ARTICLE BY: Cadet Faith Marquez

Bastrop, TX – December 28, 2014-January 4, 2015 – Winter Encampment was organized at Camp Swift with a great number of cadet and senior staff arriving in Bastrop between the 27th and 28th of December, 2014. Following the staff arrival, cadets from all over the country...Read More »

CAP Builds Teamwork With Texas Division of Emergency Management Through ICS-300 Course

ARTICLE BY: 1Lt. Wilmer Sosa, CAP

Katy, TX – Feb 28-Mar 01 2015 – Fourteen members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP): Thunderbird Composite Squadron, Sabre Senior Squadron, and Delta Composite Squadron, along with 2 members of the local community, completed the advanced ICS-300 – Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) for...Read More »

Deadline Reminder, Thunderbird Scholarships

Cadets and Seniors,

Don’t forget next week is the deadline to apply! This is a great opportunity to help fund your college or your upcoming activities! So far, I’ve only received two applications, don’t miss out!

We will be offering 2 High School Senior Scholarships at $250/each and 4 Activity Scholarships at...Read More »

Thunderbird Featured In Southwest Region Newsletter

In this quarter’s SW region “The Fly By” newsletter, our unit stole the show.  Many of the activities we participated in for 2014 made the newsletter.  Download it and see what interesting happening are going on from units all over the five state region.

Download A Copy Here!

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February O-flight Reminder and Pilot Takeoff 2015 Schedule

Just a reminder, this Saturday the 14th of February, we will be conducting powered Orientation flights at the Sugarland airport.  There is still time to sign up and fly this weekend.  Last weekend, the weather and temperatures were outstanding.  Enjoy the mild temperatures before summer is here!

If you are interested in...Read More »

Thunderbird E/S Team Not Afraid To Get Down In The Dumps

ARTICLE BY- Capt. Kale LeBlanc, CAP

Houston, TX – The evening of September 18th, 2014 started out like any other. Members of the Thunderbird Composite Squadron were traveling home after spending a day at work or school. However, things would get interesting soon, as the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center tapped...Read More »

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Our Motto: Semper Vigilans – Always Vigilant

TX-179 Thunderbird Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

Our Mission:
To serve America by performing Homeland Security and humanitarian missions for our communities, states, and nation; developing our country's youth; and educating our citizens on the importance of air and space power.
Our Core Values:
Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, Respect

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