Welcome to Our Squadron

​​​The Bethesda-Chevy Composite Squadron has continued to train, develop, and mentor leaders of character since its inception in 1965. Currently meeting in Gaithersburg, Maryland, we are a local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer organization and official auxiliary of the United States Air Force that is charged with the successful implementation of three congressionally mandated missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. 

Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, we take pride in our squadron's history of excellence and its execution of Civil Air Patrol's 3 missions. In 2012 we were recognized as Civil Air Patrol's National Squadron of Distinction. More recently, the unit was awarded the Quality Cadet Unit Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Also in 2015, the squadron was recognized as the 2015 Maryland Wing Squadron of the year, 2015 Group I Squadron of the Year, and celebrated its 50th anniversary.  This past year, 2016, the squadron's ground team earned the distinction of Middle East Region Ground Team of the Year.

As a composite squadron our membership consists of both cadets ages 12 through 20, and seniors ages 18 and above. We meet weekly, every Thursday from 1900 (7:00 pm) to 2130 (9:30 pm), at the Maryland Army National Guard's Olney Readiness Center located at 5115 Riggs Road, Gaithersburg, MD, 20882. Please see our calendar and meeting/event information below for more about upcoming meetings and events. If you are interested in joining our organization, we welcome you to any of our weekly Thursday meetings to observe, meet our staff, and learn more! 

Congratulations to our May 2017 Promotions!

-C/Maj Vivek Uppoor

​-C/CMSgt Matthew Kibler (Armstrong Achievement)

-C/CMSgt Daniel Heffron

​-C/SSgt Emelia Wright

​-C/SrA Brooke Mengistu

Join the Parents' Association!

​The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron Parents' Association is a newly established organization designed to better inform, integrate, and involve the parents of our cadets.  Our aim in doing so is to improve the relationship between parents and the Squadron. Ultimately, our goal is to promote and support the advancement of our cadets' CAP careers by establishing formal communication with our cadets' biggest fans-- the parents!

To join and subscribe to the newsletter, please click on the following link: Parents' Association Sign-Up Form 


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       Next Meeting

Upcoming Events

Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing 

22 June Squadron Change of Command/Dining Out

​                RSVP by clicking HERE

26 June-2 July Tri-Wing Encampment


18-20 August Green Bank Observatory Trip

​4 September Kensington Labor Day Parade

9 September ​Gaithersburg Airpark Open House ​​​​​

22 June 2017

Location: Montgomery Public Safety Headquarters

​                  100 Edison Park Drive

                  Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Uniform of the Day: Short Sleeve Blues

Agenda: ​Cadet Change of Command/Squadron Dining Out

Note: Final Schedule and Orders of the Day for Thursday meetings are typically posted on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Contact Maj Knowles at rhknowles@gmail.com for draft schedules up to 4 weeks in advance.