Commander (MAR-001): Col Bruce B. Heinlein
South Carolina Wing Commander (SC-001): Col Walter L. Safley
Upstate Group Commander (SC-111): Maj Ronald N. Hardgrave
Squadron Commander (SC-014): Capt Karen L. Taylor
Civil Air Patrol
Remembering Our Fallen -
One Wreath at a Time
Civil Air Patrol units across the
country are again working with Wreaths Across America to place wreaths on
the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery and at veterans
cemeteries nationwide this December 14th. Greenville Composite
Squadron will be placing wreaths at Woodlawn Cemetery in
Greenville, South Carolina. The squadron's goal is to
place wreaths on all veterans' headstones in Greenville's Woodlawn
Cemetery this year. To do do so, we need your help
in the form of wreath donations.
The cost of each wreath is $15. A small portion of your donation will also help to
provide continuing support for Greenville Composite Squadron. Please
help us by sponsoring a single wreath, or more, for this worthwhile
cause. Why not sponsor wreaths for all the members of your family
who have served their country? Your support makes all the difference in making our mission
You can also volunteer to participate
in the wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery on Wreath Day,
December 14; follow the link above to our Wreaths Across America
page for further details.
our fallen U.S. veterans. HONOR
those who serve. TEACH
our children the value of freedom.
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Welcome to the virtual home of Greenville Composite
Squadron, a local unit of Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official civilian
auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Greenville Composite
Squadron is based in Greenville, South Carolina, and primarily
serves Greenville County, the Upstate and the surrounding region,
along with other units in Anderson and Spartanburg.
Greenville Composite Squadron is a part of Group 3, which itself is part of
the South Carolina Wing within Civil Air Patrol's Mid-Atlantic Region.
Civil Air Patrol is a premier
public-service organization that serves as a vital link in the
homeland defense equation, providing search and rescue, disaster
relief, and humanitarian services. It was founded
on December 1, 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor. CAP was the vision of more than 150,000 citizens who were concerned about the defense of America's coastline. Under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces, CAP pilots flew more than one-half million hours, were credited with sinking two enemy submarines and rescued hundreds of crash survivors during World War II.
On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman established the Civil Air
Patrol as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557, making CAP the auxiliary of the new United States Air Force
(USAF) charged with three primary missions: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.
Records of Civil Air Patrol
activities in Greenville extend to the early days of WWII. The
squadron's current charter was issued on June 4, 1957.