About Us

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 56,000 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.

Our Mission: Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power.

To achieve that mission, the Civil Air Patrol has a vision: Civil Air Patrol, America’s Air Force Auxiliary, building the nation’s finest force of citizen volunteers performing Missions for America.

Our Core Values: Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, Respect

Our Motto: Semper Vigilans

Thunderbird Composite Squadron is one of many squadrons serving under the command Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol.  As a composite squadron the unit’s membership consist of both cadet (12-21 years old) and senior members (18 years old and older). This squadron performs the tactical application of all three of Civil Air Patrol’s Congressionally mandated missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services.