Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing 


​​​​​​Meeting Information

​​We meet weekly, every Thursday from 1900 (7:00 pm) to 2130 (9:30 pm), at the Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters located at: 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Prospective members are always welcome to attend! Just let us know you are coming so we can meet you at security.


​​The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron, founded in April 1965, is currently located in Gaithersburg, Maryland and is part of  Group I of Civil Air Patrol's Maryland Wing

CAP History 

​In December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Civil Air Patrol was founded by citizens committed to using civilian aviation resources to help bolster the nation’s defense. Under the jurisdiction of the Office of Civilian Defense and later the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than 500,000 hours performing a wide variety of duties, including coastal patrol for submarine activity as well as ships and personnel in distress, forest and southern border patrols, target towing for the armed forces and courier flights. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established CAP as a federally chartered nonprofit corporation, and Congress passed a law on May 26, 1948, designating CAP as the Air Force Auxiliary and giving CAP three primary missions – emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education.

The Organization

▲ Is congressionally chartered and operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

▲ Performs services for the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force  

     and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization.

Serves as a strategic partner of the Air Force as a member of its Total Force.

Includes eight geographic regions consisting of 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the

     District of Columbia).

Consists of 1,400 squadrons and approximately 56,000 volunteer youth and adult members


Has more than 6,900 aircrew members and over 30,700 emergency responders trained to

     FEMA standards.

▲ Offers opportunities for members to serve communities, participate in leadership

     development training and acquire new skills that benefit personal and professional growth.

▲ Contributed over $164 million in man-hours in 2015 by serving the disaster relief and

     emergency service needs of communities, states and the nation.

▲ Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550

     currently in the fleet.

Flies more than 98,500 hours annually.

Maintains a fleet of more than 1,000 emergency service vehicles for training and mission


Provides 475 chaplains and 450 character development instructors who minister to youth

     and adult members and help comfort survivors and victims of disasters.

Our Mission

Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space, and cyber power.  Namely, CAP's 3 missions are: Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services. 

(Reference: CAP Fact Sheet 2018)