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Welcome to the Savannah Composite Squadron (SER-GA-075)

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Currently we meet every Thursday night in the buildings just north of the old terminal parking lot. (Locate Us) You’re welcome to come join us at any of our meetings.  Cadet meetings start 6:45PM and the Seniors at 7:00PM.

Origins

The Savannah Squadron of Civil Air Patrol was organized in June of 1942 under the command of Captain S. E. Perkins and was based at the old Wilmington Island airport. During the war years, this airfield was known as CAP Field, Savannah. The land was donated by Mr. H. M. Carter and the actual labor was performed by members of the old CAP squadron. The site is now part of the Wilmington Island subdivision. During the 18 months the Coastal Patrol was in operation, personnel from the Savannah area were officially credited with an assist in the destruction of an enemy submarine.

The squadron was deactivated in October, 1968 until May, 1971, when the present squadron was formed under the command of 1st Lt David Pace, USAF. With six seniors and seven cadets. Meetings were held at Hunter Army Air Field using a borrowed classroom. Classes and drills were held and by August of 1971, the Savannah Composite Squadron proudly sent 15 cadets off to a two week summer encampment at Eglin AFB, Florida. Various training exercises and encampments at both Ft. Stewart in Hinesville and the Air Guard Facility at Travis Field in Savannah prepared the Seniors and Cadets for their first “test under fire” as it were. June, 1972, a privately owned P-51 crashed near Indian Springs, Georgia. After a week long search conducted by CAP, assisted by Army and Civil Defense units, the remains were found in a densely wooded area near Jackson, Georgia. The Savannah Composite Squadron figured prominently in the conduction of the mission, both in the air and on the ground. The ground operations was under command of Savannah personnel and the training and conduct of the local cadets so impressed the Wing personnel, a goodly part of the course of instruction in ground search and rescue techniques were incorporated in the Wing Training plan.

Since its “re-awakening” in 1971, the Savannah squadron has continued to flourish and is currently the number one squadron in the state (by National Headquarters evaluation).

Awards

Squadron of Merit 2012

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