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Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization 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.

Your local squadron, TX-179 Thunderbird Composite Squadron, is located west of Houston in the city of Katy, and we would be happy to have you join us for a visit at our meeting location at 24201 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX, 77494 (Redeemer Community Baptist Church - The Mill building).

Tuesdays 1845-2100 (6:45pm to 9:00pm) 

The CAP program is for cadets 12 and older as well as adults of any age and includes Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Services.  Detailed information about each of these programs is located on the CAP website:  https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/

TX-179 has a complete CAP program, with weekly meetings, education, physical training and Cadet Drills.  We also include volunteer services, such as support of the "Wreaths across America" campaign each year.  We visited New Orleans and attended a WWII museum, while building comradery with a New Orleans squadron.  Additionally, we schedule flight-time for cadet orientation flights.  

Cadets and their parents are free to visit and join at any time. We ask that prospective cadets visit three times. Membership paperwork can be completed at the third visit.

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