Message from the Commander
from the Commander
of Gwinnett County Composite Squadron
Dear friends and neighbors,
For over 20 years, the volunteers of Gwinnett County Composite Squadron have served North Georgia from our hanger and facilities at the Gwinnett County Airport (KLZU). Our membership is comprised of local citizens --- your friends and neighbors --- who have invested thousands of volunteer hours to serve the needs of citizens in our community, our State, and our Nation. Through Civil Air Patrol, Congress and the United States Air Force has made it possible for countless people, nationally and locally, to receive training in aviation; search-and-rescue strategies; means to assist our youth in disciplined growth in physical strength, aerospace education, character development, and leadership training; and allow opportunities to fly for people who would never have this opportunity, otherwise.
Gwinnett County Composite Squadron supports the three primary missions of Civil Air Patrol --- Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education. We volunteer to enhance the safety and enrich the lives of the citizens of Gwinnett and surrounding counties. Much of our work focuses on the youth of our community, who are our future. Our cadet corps is an amazing group of young people who assist one another to develop and grow in academic abilities, physical strength, and team leadership and followership. As one example of how our cadets excel, we have two cadets who are applicants to the US Air Force Academy in 2021. Both have the goal of being a pilot.
Civil Air Patrol is the Congressionally appointed civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. While we are not active military, we are part of the Air Force Total Force, along with the active Air Force, Reserves, and Air National Guard. When engaged in US Air Force missions, CAP members are classified as Airmen. Recently, the Air Force awarded the Civil Air Patrol with the Organizational Excellence Ribbon --- a great honor for CAP. Our organizational structure (National, Region, Wing, and Local Squadrons) use a military organizational structure, Air Force designated rank hierarchy, and Air Force uniforms modified to CAP use. The sense of comradery and esprit de corps is a portion of the enjoyment that CAP members share.
We invite you to consider becoming a part of our Squadron, so that you too can join our fulfilling work and truly make a difference in our community.
Lt Col Robert E. Powers, CAP