Welcome to Gettysburg Civil Air Patrol Squadron 308

About Us

Civil Air Patrol History

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a Congressional-chartered, federally supported, non-profit corporation organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public and cadet programs for teenage youth.

Civil Air Patrol History --In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was born one-week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. 



Come join us for our weekly meetings every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 pm

 The Gettysburg Composite Squadron consists of Senior Members (age 18 and over) and Cadet Members, (age 12 to 21).   Any person in those age ranges is welcome to join at any time.  Please contact us at gettysburgcap@hotmail.com or visit the Civil Air Patrol national website at gocivilairpatrol.com for more infomation.


Some of the things that happen at our Squadron scheduled meetings include:

Safety Briefings - Character Development

Leadership Training - Aerospace Education

  Testing- Emergency Services Activities

Drills and Ceremonies - Model Rocketry

Awards and Promotions - Squadron’s Commander’s Call

Group Training - Communications Training

First Aid - Promotion Boards

Guest Speakers and so much more!!!

 Cadet Oath:  "I pledge that I will serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation.”

Maj Christopher Folster, CAP
PA Wing, Group II
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

 Gettysburg Airport
1130 Chambersburg Road
Gettysburg, PA, 17325 


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Gettysburg Civil Air Patrol Squadron 308

Gettysburg Regional Airport, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325, United States

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