The Timmerman Composite Squadron, located in Milwaukee, WI, is a unit of the Civil Air Patrol – United States Air Force Auxiliary. The Timmerman Composite Squadron is a composite squadron containing both senior officers (18+ years of age) and cadets (12 – 18 years old). Squadron meetings are held at Lawrence J Timmerman Airport every Monday night from 7:00PM until 9:30PM. The public is always welcome to attend meetings and should contact the squadron commander, 1st Lt Dan Turkal, to receive instructions on parking and locating the hangar prior to arrival. CAP and the Timmerman Composite Squadron are always recruiting and looking for volunteers that want to serve their community.
About Civil Air Patrol
In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered America’s call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.
After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
Today, Civil Air Patrol has 57,000 members nationwide. All members of CAP are unpaid civilian volunteers who donate their time for the betterment of themselves and their community. Cadet Programs is where youth are taught leadership, followership, responsibility, and teamwork. Cadets can expect to learn military customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, uniform wear, and how to operate as a member of a CAP flight and element (organized teams). Cadets progress through the program by earning rank and holding duty positions within the squadron. As part of the cadet program, a written leadership test is given at every promotion. Aerospace Education is CAP’s aviation education mission. Cadets are educated in different areas of AE including aircraft systems, space exploration, and rocketry. For cadets under the age of 18, opportunities for orientation flights are given in CAP aircraft (Cessna 172s and 182s). CAP does not actively promote primary flight training at the squadron level, but membership does allow you to compete for training scholarships. There are also many CAP flight academies in the summer where primary instruction is given. CAP also has many certified flight instructors in that can help you study and train. CAP’s third mission is Emergency Services. CAP performs various ES missions including search & rescue, disaster relief, homeland security, humanitarian services, counterdrug operations, and other missions for federal, state, and local agencies. CAP performs 90 percent of all inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited with approximately 75 lives saved each year. CAP’s ES program provides an opportunity to be the “boots on the ground” during a life saving operation.
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