HISTORY: The Auburn Composite Squadron has been around since 2005, when the previous squadron was revamped. The original squadron commander was then 1Lt Justin Smith (now Major), who helped keep the squadron going until then 2Lt Chris Tate (now LtCol) was able to take command in August. The squadron changed names and relocated to the Nichols Center (ROTC Building) on the Auburn University campus. There, the unit prospered, gaining local, regional and national attention for some of its activities like Wreaths Across America and the CAP Iron Man Competition.
In 2010, the Auburn University Regional Airport’s new terminal building was completed, and with that came an invitation to the squadron to relocate, once again, to a more permanent location fitting a Civil Air Patrol Squadron. The squadron meets every Tuesday evening, from 6:30pm-8:30pm Central, at the airport now. There, we also maintain a CAP van and a Cessna 172 aircraft.
In 2013, then Maj. Chris Tate, relinquished command of the squadron to Capt. Aaron Swenson, a long time member of the squadron. Captain Swenson ran the squadron for another year and a half, until getting picked up with the Army in its Warrant Officer School Program. Major Morgan Bennett temporarily took command of the squadron in 2015, until the current commander, Major Anthony Cain, relocated to the area.
The Auburn Composite Squadron has achieved Regional recognition for its part in the Wreaths Across America event at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery. Each December, our squadron, along with hundreds of other volunteers, help place thousands of sponsored wreaths on the headstones of our Veterans. For more information about this amazing event, please visit our Facebook site, or go directly to sponsor a wreath on our Wreaths Across America event page.
Auburn has also received National recognition from its pioneering event, the CAP Iron Man Competition. The competition was created to bring the members of the Alabama Wing together in a fun, yet challenging competition. Colonel Russell Hodgkins, then CAP-USAF Commander, assisted in handing out the trophies. The Competition did so well, that during a recent Wing Inspection, our Squadron was awarded the Benchmark Award, and has been looked at for possible expansion regionally and nationally. The IMC event has become an annual evolution looked forward to by squadrons across the Wing and Region. Currently, the event travels around the Wing so that other squadrons can host the event, typically if they won the previous year.
The Auburn Composite Squadron maintains an 85-90% attendance record for Wing activities, and is proud to send its Cadets and Senior Members to other Regional and National activities. In 2010, our squadron was honored with the Dion DeCamp Ground Team of the Year award for the entire Civil Air Patrol organization. We have also had members win Wing and Regional awards for their “above and beyond” participation and activities.
The Squadron meets every Tuesday night, from 6:30-8:30 pm, in the Auburn University Regional Airport (2150 Mike Hubbard Boulevard, Auburn, AL 36830). Please visit our Facebook page to see more photos and events we’re doing, or contact the squadron staff via email to arrange a time to visit or for more information. You may also visit the National webpage for CAP to learn more about our program in general.
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