Welcome to the Gastonia Composite Squadron (MER-NC-024)

Wreaths Across America

Every December, the Gastonia Composite Squadron joins tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation in a day of remembrance for our heroes who have passed on. In 2019, we plan to lay wreaths on 4,000 veterans' headstones.

Go Civil Air Patrol!

The Civil Air Patrol is a voluntary auxiliary of the United States Air Force with a humanitarian focus. We are open to anyone aged 12 or older. Adult members are called "Senior members" and youth are "Cadets".
Gastonia is home to a composite squadron, meaning we have both senior members and cadets actively participating.
If you have an interest in aerospace, a desire to serve your community, or want to develop your leadership skills in one of America's finest volunteer organizations, come visit our squadron on any regular Tuesday night meeting.

Our Mission

Chartered by Congress in 1941, the Civil Air Patrol is a civilian auxiliary of the USAF. In addition to supporting the Air Force and other federal agencies, CAP has three primary missions:

Aerospace Education

After WWII, air search and ground rescue became CAP’s primary operational mission, along with the education and training of “air-minded”…

Cadet Programs

Today’s Cadets are tomorrow’s leaders Open to youth ages 12-18, the Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly,…

Emergency Services

Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol continues to save lives and alleviate human suffering by…