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Squadron Hangar Project

Since they were chartered in 1943, the Martinsburg Composite Squadron, of the Civil Air Patrol, has continued to fulfill its multifaceted volunteer mission of aerospace education, emergency services, and the cadet program. The organization has a strong youth program built around aviation, leadership training and community service.

Every organization needs a place to hold meetings and the Civil Air Patrol is no different. According to Mr. T. Guy Reynolds, original commander of the Martinsburg Squadron, in 1943, we held our meetings in a room at the Martinsburg High School. That building currently houses the Berkeley County Board of Education. Over the years, the Martinsburg Squadron has been privileged to use different facilities including those at the Martinsburg Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (Shepherd Field) and the 167th Air National Guard Base (From the 1960's to the present).

The members of the Martinsburg Composite Squadron have always had the dream to someday have their own permanent location. Well, thanks to the Martinsburg Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (Shepherd Field), and a few donations, that dream has become a reality. The squadron is in the process of moving into a 55' x 60' x 16' pole style building that is not only large enough to house their Cessna 182 aircraft, but also provides a place where the members can meet and train, as well as host statewide training & emergency missions.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.

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