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National Commander:
Maj Gen Mark E. Smith

Mid-Atlantic Region
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
Greenville Composite Squadron


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 a success.

You can visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/SC0063P and then click the red "SPONSOR WREATHS" button, or you can download, fill out and mail the form linked below:


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.
those who serve.
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.

   Cadet meetings take place Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Senior member meetings take place on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Most meetings are held at the squadron headquarters, 11 Airport Road Extension, Greenville, at the South Ramp of Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) and adjacent to the Runway Cafe and Runway Park. Note: some meetings may take place in the hangar of Runway Cafe. See calendar or contact squadron officers below for current information.


To Contact Us:


Greenville Composite Squadron
11 Airport Road Extension
Greenville SC 29607
(864) 271-7726



Squadron Commander: Capt Karen L. Taylor

Deputy Commander for Seniors: Capt Robert L. Taylor

Deputy Commander for Cadets: 2d Lt W. Christian Shaw

Retention Officer: Maj Norville "Brig" Spearman

Emergency Services Officer: Capt Nelson S. Irey 

Public Affairs Officer: Capt David M. Bennett 

Communications Officer: 1st Lt Amos Welch

Testing Officer: 2d Lt Denise P. Morgan




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