Diablo Composite Squadron 44
Squadron 44 is a composite squadron (offering programs for Cadet and Senior members) of the Civil Air Patrol, an Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
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Squadron 44 meets in the Terminal building, located at Buchanan Field Airport. Visitors are welcome to attend any meeting, however prospective cadets must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Cadets meet every Monday evening, beginning at 1845 (6:45 PM). Seniors meet the first and third Mondays of the month.
Pictured fresh from the Cessna factory, Sq 44 & 188 share a 2012 182T G1000 Skylane
Perhaps the best known activity of the Civil Air Patrol is its air search and rescue function and its participation in disaster relief missions. CAP pilots fly approximately 90 percent of all inland search and rescue missions in this country. CAP has more than 550 aircraft located around the country. Flying activities include:
- Search and rescue (Air Force missions)
- Aerial Photography
- Military training route surveys
- Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) searches
- Search dog team transports
- Disaster relief missions
- State and Federal Agency special requests
For Fiscal Year 2013, Civil Air Patrol:
- Flew 95,1239 hours, 75% being Air Force Assigned Missions
- Saved 44 lives on search and rescue operations, CAP's core emergency services missions. Thirty-five of these saves were either assisted by or a direct result of support by radar and cellular forensics team support.
- Supported 58 disaster relief operations across the nation. CAP personnel supported their communities by responding to disasters of all types: fires, floods, ice storms, earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes and a tsunami.
- Flew 1,258 hours of air defense intercept operations where CAP served as low and slow threats in exercises to train and evaluate air intercept and ground based radar units.
- Glider flying, primarily focused on flying cadets, remained strong in FY13. Nearly 9,800 flights were recorded.
- Counterdrug and drug interdiction operations remained active, flying 7,018 hours in support of federal, state and local partners. AP also flew almost 600 hours in support of Joint Task Force North and agency counterparts conducting operations along the southern border.
- Surrogate Predator operations continued in support of Air Combat Command and other DoD exercises in CONUS, flying 1,114 hours. Though originally only requested to support through FY12, the SRPA program is expected to continue for several more years to support ongoing warfighter training due to identified needs.
The cadet program is designed to inspire young people between the ages of 12 and 18 to become leaders and dynamic American citizens through an interest in aviation. Through studies and other activities, cadets work their way through a series of achievements:
- Participate in a variety of special activities.
- Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for understanding the impact of aerospace technology upon society.
- Learn self-discipline through the study of leadership practices.
- Understand and appreciate the moral issues of our time through discussion and debate.
- Become and remain physically fit through a special physical fitness program. Squadron 44's cadet program has a history of success: in 1981, 1986, and 1987, it won first place in the National Cadet Competition. It has previously been successful as well: known as the team of the Eighties, it came in second in 1982, third in 1983, second 1985, and finally second in 1989.
Aerospace Education Program
Civil Air Patrol aerospace education programs help inform the public about air and space matters. Over the past thirty years, Civil Air Patrol has supported aerospace workshops for teachers and education officials to enable them to offer aerospace education courses in their school or to enrich the usual classroom subjects.
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