About Us

The Brownsville Composite Squadron has a long history since it was chartered in December 1941. On December 1, 1941, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded as a civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Army Air Corp a few days prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. CAP establishes coastal patrol bases from Maine to Mexico. Coastal Patrol Base #12 was first in Brownsville and later in San Benito. Base #12 CAP volunteer pilots fly over 30,000 hours of patrol missions along the South Texas coast looking for German U-Boats and helping to secure the nations border. In 1947, CAP becomes the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force by an act of congress. In 1957 the Brownsville Composite Squadron was chartered as a cadet and senior squadron and has been active at the Brownsville / South Padre Island International Airport ever since.

Civil Air Patrol, The Corporation

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  • CAP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation.
  • ALL Donations are a TAX DEDUCTION.
  • Operates as the all-volunteer civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force when performing services for the federal government.
  • Includes eight geographic regions consisting of 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia).
  • Has nearly 1,500 squadrons, and 59,000 volunteer cadet and adult members nationwide.
  • Provides opportunities for members to serve the community, participate in resident and/or distance learning leadership development training and acquire new skills to benefit personal and professional growth.
  • Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet.
  • CAP Flies approx. 112,000 hours annually.
  • Maintains a fleet of 1,125 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support.
  • Provides support to cadets and adult members through 910 Chaplain Corps personnel.
  • Supports members with about 100 corporate staff at the CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.