355th Squadron




Welcome to the 355th Tamiami Composite Squadron's website, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Please feel free to look around and grasp the importance of what we do and how it affects our communities and the future generations.

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The Civil Air Patrol


     The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. This means that the Air Force supports us with materials, personnel, and funds. In return, the CAP relieves the Air Force from many aerial and ground search and rescue activities nationwide. AP is a strictly civilian, voluntary, flight-oriented non-profit organization.


     Under Civil Air Patrol's charter by Congress, CAP has three distinct missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs.


-     Emergency Services refers to those CAP community activities involving flying and ground team support. CAP pilots fly about 90% of all search and rescue missions in the United States. They also fly mercy, disaster, state and local government, and CAP-directed missions. CAP owns over 500 aircraft and augments its fleet with over 8,000 member-owned aircraft.


-     The Aerospace Education part of the CAP program is intended to inform our members and the local community about aviation and space developments. CAP training includes aerospace education through aerospace activities and book study, and may also include orientation flights in civilian and military aircraft. In addition to our own internal aerospace education program, CAP furnishes programs and materials to schools for aerospace education.


-     The Cadet Program is designed to build leadership, character, and citizenship in young people, through an aviation interest. This program includes local, national, and international activities. CAP Cadets receive guidance, aviation orientation, and supervision from senior members, though Cadets who have advanced through the program to leadership positions will be principally responsible for running the program through the CAP chain of command.





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