Civil Air Patrol Sabre Squadron

Civil Air Patrol Sabre Squadron Welcome to the West Houston S.A.B.R.E. Squadron, TX-447, one of the busiest flying squadrons in Texas Wing of Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a Total Force partner and an Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.

S.A.B.R.E. Squadron, TX-447, is a Senior Civil Air Patrol Squadron located at West Houston Airport (IWS), Houston, Texas. We provide senior members (adults) with opportunities to train and serve our nation, state, and community, focusing on flying the wide variety of missions CAP is tasked with. We annually fly numerous "O Flight" orientation training flights for CAP Cadets and Air Force ROTC stu

S.A.B.R.E. Squadron, TX-447, is a Senior Civil Air Patrol Squadron located at West Houston Airport (IWS), Houston, Texas. We provide senior members (adults) with opportunities to train and serve our nation, state, and community, focusing on flying the wide variety of missions CAP is tasked with. We annually fly numerous "O Flight" orientation training flights for CAP Cadets and Air Force ROTC stu

Operating as usual

05/29/2021

Please join Civil Air Patrol in remembering and honoring our nation’s fallen this Memorial Day.

Phelka Named Next National CommanderBrig. Gen. Edward D. Phelka, Civil Air Patrol’s national vice commander since 2017, ...
05/24/2021
Phelka Named Next National Commander

Phelka Named Next National Commander

Brig. Gen. Edward D. Phelka, Civil Air Patrol’s national vice commander since 2017, is getting yet another promotion — the biggest of his 34 years of service in the U.S. Air Force auxiliary.

On May 21, CAP’s Board of Governors selected Phelka to be the volunteer organization’s next national commander and CEO. He will assume command Aug. 26 in a ceremony with Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, current national commander/CEO.

https://www.cap.news/phelka-named-next-national-commander/?fbclid=IwAR3VlgDb6SiqthBrJSsx8hnV3ksMowENpkkfuciPk347bvyc2HCCTrxgIhQ

Brig. Gen. Edward D. Phelka, Civil Air Patrol’s national vice commander since 2017, is getting yet another promotion — the biggest of his 34 years of service in the U.S. Air Force auxiliary.On May 21, CAP’s Board of Governors selected Phelka to be the volunteer organization’s next national c...

What is Space Ethics
05/14/2021
What is Space Ethics

What is Space Ethics

Chaplain (SQNLDR) Revd. Dr. Nikki Coleman, the Senior Ethicist for the Royal Australian Air Force, explains her work as a space ethicist and answers the ques...

Civil Air Patrol Sabre Squadron extends warm wishes and a Happy Mother's Day to all our mothers.  We Hope You Have A Goo...
05/09/2021

Civil Air Patrol Sabre Squadron extends warm wishes and a Happy Mother's Day to all our mothers. We Hope You Have A Good Day. #mothersday2021 #mothersday #mothers #civilairpatrolsabresquadron

Civil Air Patrol Sabre Squadron extends warm wishes and a Happy Mother's Day to all our mothers. We Hope You Have A Good Day. #mothersday2021 #mothersday #mothers #civilairpatrolsabresquadron

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO, announced the appointment, saying, “With his unique work/life ex...
05/05/2021
P.R. Wing's Rodriguez Named National Diversity Officer

Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO, announced the appointment, saying, “With his unique work/life experience, I am confident Lt. Col. Rodriguez is the right person for this important staff position. As national diversity officer, he will work with the command team to ensure CAP’s diversity efforts continue to evolve and flourish.”

https://www.cap.news/pr-wings-rodriguez-named-national-diversity-officer/

Lt. Col. Juan Rodriguez of the Puerto Rico Wing is now Civil Air Patrol’s national diversity officer, replacing Col. Liz Sydow, who recently became commander of CAP’s Virginia Wing.Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP’s national commander and CEO, announced the appointment, saying, “With his unique wor...

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the important contributions of individuals of Asian/Pacific Is...
05/03/2021

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the important contributions of individuals of Asian/Pacific Islander descent to the nation, both historically and in today’s society. #CivilAirPatrol #sabresquadron

🎊 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the important contributions of individuals of Asian/Pacific Islander descent to the nation, both historically and in today’s society.

Throughout the month, we will celebrate the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders within the fields of aviation, STEM and emergency services.

The Civil Air Patrol has played a crucial part in our national security for nearly eight decades, and Congress should co...
05/01/2021

The Civil Air Patrol has played a crucial part in our national security for nearly eight decades, and Congress should continue supporting their ever-growing mission. As our national security demands increase, the Civil Air Patrol continues stepping up to fill gaps and meet our military needs.

I’m honored to lead the bipartisan push in Congress to increase funding for their important work so they have the right tools to get the job done. So pleased that 88 of my colleagues joined me in sending a bipartisan letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting continued support for their important work.

#CharacterMatters and #Perseverance is the April #CivilAirPatrol cadet virtue.  It was recently named as one of the USAF...
04/23/2021

#CharacterMatters and #Perseverance is the April #CivilAirPatrol cadet virtue. It was recently named as one of the USAF's new "Airman's Foundational#CivilAirPatrol

#CharacterMatters and #Perseverance is the April #CivilAirPatrol cadet virtue. It was recently named as one of the USAF's new "Airman's Foundational Competencies." Look at this diagram from the USAF that describes how the virtue (competency) is described at the four different levels and the observable behaviors. How are YOU living a life of perseverance?

04/16/2021

The Texas Wing of The Civil Air Patrol announces with great sorrow the passing of Lt. Col. Jean Bishop, CAP on April 13th, 2021.

04/08/2021

Important Update: National Conference to Remain Virtual in '21

Two weeks ago Civil Air Patrol members were asked to complete a survey regarding the 2021 National Conference. As a critical date approached, it was necessary to gauge members' comfort level with traveling cross-country and gathering in a large group to participate in the conference.

Because of lingering COVID-19 uncertainties and not knowing what the landscape will look like in late August, the majority of members said they are still not completely comfortable with an in-person National Conference, even though more such activities are happening locally in small groups as part of CAP's remobilization process.

As a result, the decision has been made to build on the tremendous success of last year's virtual National Conference by doing the same this year. The benefits of a virtual conference are many, but of course we’ll miss the in-person connection provided by such an event.

While this was a difficult decision, it is best to remain virtual for one more year — for the safety and peace of mind of CAP members and national staff alike. More conference details, including exact meeting dates, will be announced in a future edition of PROPS. Stay tuned.

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate 🎉! #civilairpatrolsabresquad...
04/07/2021

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate 🎉! #civilairpatrolsabresquadron

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate 🎉! For nearly 80 years, #CivilAirPatrol members have volunteered their time and talents in service to America.

Thank you, Civil Air Patrol volunteers, for your efforts.

04/04/2021

To all who are celebrating an empty tomb, the Chaplain Corps offers its prayers, thoughts and meditations for a blessed and holy day. #Easter

The Civil Air Patrol, known as the C.A.P, is using its aircraft to distribute vaccines to rural and isolated areas so mo...
03/21/2021
How the Air Force is playing a key role in the fight against COVID-19

The Civil Air Patrol, known as the C.A.P, is using its aircraft to distribute vaccines to rural and isolated areas so more people can be vaccinated faster. #CivilAirPatrol

https://www.foxnews.com/us/the-air-force-that-is-fighting-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0SEQnKwyUWYxUu42mTcib4WMnaTP_1jXT4E7-crbApYFcd1FoCYF9-DAc

The Civil Air Patrol, known as the C.A.P, is using its aircraft to distribute vaccines to rural and isolated areas so more people can be vaccinated faster.

NEW: The 2021 CAP National conference will be our first hybrid face-to-face and online conference. We are issuing a #cal...
03/17/2021

NEW: The 2021 CAP National conference will be our first hybrid face-to-face and online conference.
We are issuing a #callforspeakers and proposals to present on-site and for our #virtualconference. Do you have a best practice idea to present? Or a topic to help CAP members be successful?
March 24th is the deadline to submit your proposal. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2P76vUP

NEW: The 2021 CAP National conference will be our first hybrid face-to-face and online conference.

We are issuing a #callforspeakers and proposals to present on-site and for our #virtualconference. Do you have a best practice idea to present? Or a topic to help CAP members be successful?

March 24th is the deadline to submit your proposal. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2P76vUP

Our plane recently received a new paint job!! Looks brand new from the factory!!! #cap #CivilAirPatrol
03/16/2021

Our plane recently received a new paint job!! Looks brand new from the factory!!! #cap #CivilAirPatrol

Author Frank Blazich has spent years researching and compiling disparate records of Civil Air Patrol's short-lived--but ...
03/13/2021
"An Honorable Place in American Air Power": Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol Operations, 19

Author Frank Blazich has spent years researching and compiling disparate records of Civil Air Patrol's short-lived--but influential--coastal patrol operations of World War II, which he synthesizes into the first scholarly monograph that cements the legacy of this unique and vital wartime civil-military cooperative effort.This volume relates the proud history of an important organization, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), and its efforts to use civilian-owned aircraft and volunteer pilots to help combat the U-boat menace that threatened America’s shores in World War II. Though that story is not well known, it has been chronicled previously, but not with Frank Blazich’s attention to detail and important corrections to
CAP’s effectiveness during the war. CAP’s substantial
accomplishments will be familiar to members of that fine organization that does much to inculcate a spirit of “airmindedness,” as Billy Mitchell called it, among today’s youth and motivate them towards careers in both civil and military aviation. But Blazich has gone far beyond a statistical recounting of sorties and hours flown, of the long tedious hours of patrol, and the sheer terror of engine failure far out at sea or an airfield closed in by weather as the fuel gauge approaches empty. Instead, he uses the successful mobilization of civilian “experts” (and they certainly knew more about aviation than many members of the general population) to come to their nation’s aid in a time of crisis

https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AUPress/Display/Article/2440096/an-honorable-place-in-american-air-power-civil-air-patrol-coastal-patrol-operat/

Author Frank Blazich has spent years researching and compiling disparate records of Civil Air Patrol

CAP recognizes Black History Month by honoring the late Dr. Fabius "Jack" Fullwood Russell, former Ohio Wing cadet.
02/10/2021
Success Despite Adversity: The Perseverance of Dr. Fabius “Jack” Russell

CAP recognizes Black History Month by honoring the late Dr. Fabius "Jack" Fullwood Russell, former Ohio Wing cadet.

CAP recognizes Black History Month by honoring the late Dr. Fabius "Jack" Fullwood Russell, former Ohio Wing cadet. National Diversity ProgramCivil Air PatrolThe summer of 1946 was full of opportunities for many Americans – especially if you were white and male. Service members were home from the...

02/10/2021

For 'This week in CAP History' we take a look back at the Illinois Wing - Civil Air Patrol's emergency response efforts when a flood hit the Villa Grove community in 1959.

"About 70 men including police, civil defense, Civil Air Patrol and firemen, worked throughout Monday night without sleep to evacuate families from flooded homes." - Decatur Herald Review (Feb. 11, 1959)

To read the full article: 🔗 > https://www.newspapers.com/clip/69689263/

SENATE CONFIRMS LLOYD AUSTIN, MAKING HIM THE NATION'S FIRST BLACK DEFENSE SECRETARYWASHINGTON – January 22, 2021 - The S...
02/04/2021

SENATE CONFIRMS LLOYD AUSTIN, MAKING HIM THE NATION'S FIRST BLACK DEFENSE SECRETARY

WASHINGTON – January 22, 2021 - The Senate confirmed Lloyd Austin on Friday as the nation's first Black defense secretary, the second nominee of President Joe Biden to be confirmed by the chamber. #BlackHistoryMonth

Austin is a retired four-star Army general. He was the first Black general to command an Army division in combat and the first to oversee an entire theater of operations as the commanding general of U.S. forces in Iraq. #BlackHistoryMonth

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth
02/04/2021

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, we're highlighting powerful stories of leadership from African American members and alumni 🇺🇸. Check out our channels over the next few weeks for more on this impactful series. Happy Black History Month, everyone!

Happy New Year from The SABRE Squadron!  #CivilAirPatrol #sabresquadron
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from The SABRE Squadron! #CivilAirPatrol #sabresquadron

Happy New Year from The SABRE Squadron! #CivilAirPatrol #sabresquadron

Happy Veterans Day to all those who scarified for our country.  Thank You For Your Service. #veterans #VeteransDay
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day to all those who scarified for our country. Thank You For Your Service. #veterans #VeteransDay

Happy Veterans Day to all those who scarified for our country. Thank You For Your Service. #veterans #VeteransDay

Congratulations to the Louisiana Wing, Civil Air Patrol for providing critical emergency support during the busy 2020 hu...
11/10/2020
Hurricane Season Spurs Multiple La. Wing Missions

Congratulations to the Louisiana Wing, Civil Air Patrol for providing critical emergency support during the busy 2020 hurricane season.
Highlights:
☎️ Provided FEMA and other emergency partners with first-hand views of hurricane damage
💻 Used a new high-tech system consisting of strut-mounted cameras and interconnecting navigation equipment
📸 21,000+ aerial images
✈️ 142 sorties = 317 hours flight time
Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped carry out these critical missions.

Lt. Col. Amos PlanteChief of StaffLouisiana Wing

11/10/2020
Commandant’s 245th Marine Corps Birthday Message

Civil Air Patrol Sabre Squadron Congratulates The United Sates Marine Corps (UNMC) on its 245th Anniversary.

Commandant's Birthday Message
As the 245th Marine Corps birthday is celebrated, Gen. David H. Berger reminds us how the Corps' legacy lives on in every Marine.

October is National Disability Employment Month. Today, we highlight Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Jamison Satterlee, a dedica...
10/23/2020

October is National Disability Employment Month.

Today, we highlight Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Jamison Satterlee, a dedicated CAP member of Alabama Wing’s Redstone Composite Squadron.

October is National Disability Employment Month. We are thankful for the contributions that our disabled members make to Civil Air Patrol while overcoming obstacles and balancing busy schedules at work and home.

Today, we highlight Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Jamison Satterlee, a dedicated CAP member of Alabama Wing’s Redstone Composite Squadron.

Satterlee has been a member for 5 years and his favorite memory of CAP so far is volunteering for the National Blue Beret. His advice for CAP members facing similar challenges is to participate in every activity possible.

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Civil Air Patrol — S.A.B.R.E. Squadron, TX-447

Welcome to the West Houston S.A.B.R.E. Squadron, one of the busiest flying squadrons in Texas Wing of Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a Total Force partner and an Auxiliary of the United States Air Force. S.A.B.R.E. is home to some of the finest men and women in Texas. These are true volunteer professionals, more than willing to give of themselves to help our fellow citizens in times of great tragedy, provide additional eyes in the home skies — protecting our nation, and assist with the development of young Americans. S.A.B.R.E. Squadron was founded in 2003 at West Houston Airport by Lt Col Brian Childs (call sign "Jumper") with a small group of eight dedicated aviation professionals. S.A.B.R.E. then grew to over 60 members, large enough for some members to split off to form the Hobby Composite Squadron which now meets at Hobby Airport in Houston. Today, S.A.B.R.E. maintains a membership of around 30 flying and non-flying professionals involved with both flight and ground operations duties, plus administrative and operations support.

Members of S.A.B.R.E. have participated in a variety of important missions, including the search for remnants of the Space Shuttle Columbia, providing aerial reconnaissance platforms for the State of Texas following Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and conducting aerial surveillance during wildfire seasons. Select members are eligible for other missions directly related to the security of America, working closely with the Air Force and the Department of Homeland Security.

From providing pilot training and orientation flights to CAP Cadets and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students, to flying hundreds of hours assisting with disaster recovery, to providing assistance to those charged with protecting the security of America our members take our motto "Facta non verba" — "Deeds, Not Words" — quite seriously. We pride ourselves on being thoroughly trained, proficient in our skills, and ready to respond at a moment's notice when called.

My vision for S.A.B.R.E. is that we will be the most professional, best trained, and best managed squadron in the Civil Air Patrol. To accomplish that vision will require a great deal of dedication from each member — something that is an expectation of membership. Being a member of our squadron requires more than just showing up on Thursday nights for our weekly meeting. It requires constant study, constant training in specialty tracks and mission related duties. It requires a willingness to spend long hours in often unpleasant conditions, sleep on gym floors or cots, go without a shower for a couple of days, dine on Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), and all the while maintain our high level of professionalism. It requires a desire to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves, something which serves the people of Houston, Texas, and the United States in time of need.

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Hi would it be possible to buy a squadron patch for my collection. I was a cadet years ago, prior USAF and USN, and now a CAP patron member. If you have any other CAP patches new or used I would buy or trade for them also. I can also send a return envelope Thank you