Tx179 Thunderbird Composite Squadron

Tx179 Thunderbird Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Our 3 primary mission areas are a Tuesday night at 6:45PM. Coast Guard. Joint U.S.
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Aerospace Education:

CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public. The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues. To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program. Aerospace educators at CAP's National Head

quarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence. Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external. The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems. CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system. Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people. These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology. CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials. Cadet Programs:

While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. Those cadets who earn cadet officer status may enter the Air Force as an E3 (airman first class) rather than an E1 (airman basic). Whatever your interests-survival training, flight training, photography, astronomy-there's a place for you in CAP's cadet program. Each year, cadets have the opportunity to participate in special activities at the local, state, regional or national level. Many cadets will have the opportunity to solo fly an airplane for the first time through a flight encampment or academy. Others will enjoy traveling abroad through the International Air Cadet Exchange Program. Still others assist at major air shows throughout the nation. Emergency Services:

Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions. Search and Rescue
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Nearly 100 people are saved each year by CAP members. Disaster Relief
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Humanitarian Services
CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available. Air Force Support
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions. Counterdrug
CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.

09/23/2023

Three planes landed today in Katy to take an assortment of cadets, most of which were doing their first O-flight, up to enjoy these beautiful skies! Kids came back with huge smiles!

Cadets of the Civil Air Patrol Thunderbird Squadron get to participate in 5 powered orientation flights & 5 Glider Orien...
09/06/2023

Cadets of the Civil Air Patrol Thunderbird Squadron get to participate in 5 powered orientation flights & 5 Glider Orientation flights before their 18th birthday.

Cadet/Chief Negron speaking to cadets and parents about CSA's and explaining MOTS Medical Orientation Training School. ,...
10/13/2022

Cadet/Chief Negron speaking to cadets and parents about CSA's and explaining MOTS Medical Orientation Training School.
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Thunderbird Squadron Cadets waiting for inspection.
10/13/2022

Thunderbird Squadron Cadets waiting for inspection.

10/11/2022
10/07/2022

Open House this Tuesday 10/11/2022 @ 6:45 PM come learn what the Civil Air Patrol has to offer cadets from 12 years old. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
Our 3 primary mission areas are aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services.

Another view of the cadets among members of American Legion Post 654, Hector R. Giron
10/05/2022

Another view of the cadets among members of American Legion Post 654, Hector R. Giron

Cadets from the Thunderbird composite squadron attended the Astros game. Thank you Hector R. Giron, American Legion Post...
10/05/2022

Cadets from the Thunderbird composite squadron attended the Astros game. Thank you Hector R. Giron, American Legion Post 654 who invited the cadets to view the game on POW/MIA night. , , ,

Today cadets took their second orientation flight.Cadets can take 5 orientation flights before their 18th birthday. Inte...
09/10/2022

Today cadets took their second orientation flight.
Cadets can take 5 orientation flights before their 18th birthday. Interested in flying and learning about Aerospace reach out to our squadron.

Routine uniform inspection prior to promotions. Cadets are eligible to promote every 8 weeks, to advance their knowledge...
09/08/2022

Routine uniform inspection prior to promotions. Cadets are eligible to promote every 8 weeks, to advance their knowledge in leadership and aerospace.

09/08/2022
Cadets receiving their certification in First Aid & CPR to be of service to their families and community.
09/08/2022

Cadets receiving their certification in First Aid & CPR to be of service to their families and community.

As a member of CAP, we are still required to wear masks since we are in Phase 2 of the CAP Remobilization Plan.https://w...
03/05/2021

As a member of CAP, we are still required to wear masks since we are in Phase 2 of the CAP Remobilization Plan.
https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/covid-19-remobilization

If you are attending a CAP meeting, masks will be worn indoors or if unable to maintain 6 foot of distance outdoors.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Vigilant

Choose Civil Air Patrol as your charity ... Donate today! 40: Total lives saved by Civil Air Patrol so far in fiscal 2021, as credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. CAP COVID-19 Information Center

11/03/2020

Please remember, we are not meeting on Tuesday this week because it is election day.
Our meeting on Wednesday will consist of our monthly Safety meeting and an Aerospace Education presentation!

From Texas Wing Commander:NHQ has approved our plan to enter Phase 2 Remobilization, as of 12 Oct 2020.The latest plan a...
10/13/2020

From Texas Wing Commander:
NHQ has approved our plan to enter Phase 2 Remobilization, as of 12 Oct 2020.
The latest plan and Phases for all of CAP can be found at

https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/covid-19-remobilization

Documentation from the Health Services Officer.
Prevention and Planning
Temperature Screening guidelines

For all activities in Texas Wing
Mask and Social Distancing protocols are required, per Governor Abbot’s orders
Indoor masks will be worn
Outdoor within 6-foot distance, masks will be worn
In the presence of a High Risk member, masks will be worn
Health Check and Screening protocols are required, INCLUDING attendance
Disinfecting of touched surfaces and hand washing is also required
Members coming from Red areas (https://covidactnow.org/us/tx) are encourged to attend virtually when possible. They will need to pass the health screening to attend in person and they will wear masks.

Units can plan on normal meetings with groups of 50 for a day or short time activity.
GT, SAREX and General ES training are approved.
Cadet O-Flights can resume but limit the amount of ‘hangar time’ for those not flying.
Cadet PT Times and group sessions need to take extra precautions in keeping the groups and individuals spread out since masking is not required.
School fairs and recruiting events are approved if the venue is participating in the required cleaning.
Activities like Airshows or Rocket Launch events are also approved with a proper ops-plan on a one-off basis.

Prohibited Activities
Overnight activities, or groups exceeding 50. The group of 50 is not only members but all people attending the event that will interact. If a prospective member or guest attends an event they must pass the health screening and be included in the attendance log.
Members and parents are responsible for their own comfort in attending any activity. No one will be penalized for opting out of in-person meetings.

In order to maintain the safest environment for our members, and since the COVID-19 situation is fluid, regressions are possible. Should public health data indicate a need to revert the entire wing to Phase I, two-way communication between the wing and the COVID-19 Plans team should take place to communicate the best course of action.

Please communicate this to the units and the membership. Do not be afraid to ask questions. This is an unpresented time for all of us and we are entrusted to keep our membership safe.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Vigilant

Col Bill Schroder, CAP
Commander, Texas Wing

Civil Air Patrol COVID-19 Information Center 6: Total lives saved by Civil Air Patrol so far in fiscal 2021, as credited by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

10/09/2020

October is Cyber Awareness month! Think before you click. In that spirit, it is the time of year to form a CyberPatriot team. If you plan to participate, let us know ASAP with your name, t-shirt size, and preferred email. The deadline to sign up is October 15.

For more information and timelines, please visit the following link: (The following link is safe.)

https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/Pages/Competition/Registered-Teams.aspx

Registration ends October 15, 2020. Teams currently registered for CyberPatriot XIII are pinned on the map below (updated weekly)

The La. Wing is flying damage assessment photo missions over storm-devastated areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura....
09/02/2020

The La. Wing is flying damage assessment photo missions over storm-devastated areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Thank you to our volunteers who continue to support emergency services - even during the COVID pandemic.

https://www.cap.news/la-wing-launches-damage-impact-photo-flights-in-lauras-wake/

The Louisiana Wing is flying damage assessment photo missions over storm-devastated areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. On Sunday, three wing aircrews flew over areas the Federal Emergency Management Agency identified as targets, using specialized photographic and navigational equipment. A fo...

08/31/2020

To celebrate the life and legacy of Col. Guertin, please join us tonight for a virtual memorial service at 1900 EST. The memorial service will be broadcasted live here: https://bit.ly/3gMvSDH

Guertin joined the Civil Air Patrol on Dec. 1, 1941 and was active for 78 years. She was the longest serving member and had an unyielding passion for the organization which she shared with younger generations. She passed away on Aug. 8.

https://civilairpatrol2020.pathable.co/register-here
08/14/2020

https://civilairpatrol2020.pathable.co/register-here

🗣Mark your calendars! Civil Air Patrol's highly anticipated 2020 National Conference will be held on August 14-15. This is a virtual and FREE event for our members.

Information about exciting speakers + sessions to follow.

Attention Members: please check your email for the the Voom information for our Tuesday, 4 August 2020, full Squadron me...
08/03/2020

Attention Members: please check your email for the the Voom information for our Tuesday, 4 August 2020, full Squadron meeting. This week will feature both a Safety and an Aerospace Education presentation.

06/30/2020

This interactive brief, presented by Air Force Aviators, will provide an overview of Air Force careers. You will learn about the different types of Air Force service, the missions, aircraft, the lifestyle, and get to ask our aviators some questions.
The registration link to sign up is https://bit.ly/2BCmQtV

This interactive brief, presented by Air Force Aviators, will provide an overview of Air Force careers. You will learn about the different types of Air Force service, the missions, aircraft, the lifestyle, and get to ask our aviators some questions.

Reminder that there is NO meeting this evening, Tuesday 12 May.Our NEXT virtual meeting will be next Tuesday, 19 May beg...
05/12/2020

Reminder that there is NO meeting this evening, Tuesday 12 May.

Our NEXT virtual meeting will be next Tuesday, 19 May beginning at 1845. It will be a very busy meeting with both Aersopsace Education and Character Development on the calendar. Squadron Members should have already received an invite, so please do your best to be in attendance.

Blue Angels’ Houston flyoverGo Navy!
05/06/2020

Blue Angels’ Houston flyover
Go Navy!

Blue Angels fly over Houston Wednesday, 6 May!
05/06/2020

Blue Angels fly over Houston Wednesday, 6 May!

During tonight’s first-ever virtual squadron meeting, Commander Capt Echevarria shared this interesting video about hist...
04/08/2020

During tonight’s first-ever virtual squadron meeting, Commander Capt Echevarria shared this interesting video about historical navigation.

One of the most useful skills in early times was to be able to navigate using the stars. With this ability, sailors and explorers were able to venture throug...

11/06/2019

Applications are now open for cadets to attend Winter Encampment at Lackland Air Force Base
Group IV Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Thanks to the US Air Force, cadets attending Winter Encampment can apply for financial support through the Cadet Encampm...
11/06/2019

Thanks to the US Air Force, cadets attending Winter Encampment can apply for financial support through the Cadet Encampment Assistance Program. Deadline to apply is 27 Nov 2019.
Group IV Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Thanks to Air Force support, CAP has special funding available to cover encampment fees and uniforms with an emphasis on serving economically disadvantaged cadets. An inability to afford encampment will not hold back a cadet who wants to participate.

Our cadets are going places! Not a CAP event, but we had an unplanned double Thunderbird sighting at LeTourneau’s Aviati...
11/03/2019

Our cadets are going places!
Not a CAP event, but we had an unplanned double Thunderbird sighting at LeTourneau’s Aviation Open House.
Group IV Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol
LeTourneau University

Congratulations to these Cadets and Senior Members for their Promotions and Awards for October  2019
10/23/2019

Congratulations to these Cadets and Senior Members for their Promotions and Awards for October 2019

10/17/2019

The Air Force Thunderbirds are flying at Wings Over Houston Airshow this weekend!

Thunderbirds attending the awards banquet for the Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol 2019 Conference. Texas Wing Civil Air Pat...
10/13/2019

Thunderbirds attending the awards banquet for the Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol 2019 Conference.
Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol
Group IV Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Congratulations to each and every Thunderbird Cadet and Senior Member for working together to meet the criteria to be a ...
10/12/2019

Congratulations to each and every Thunderbird Cadet and Senior Member for working together to meet the criteria to be a Quality Cadet Unit!
Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol
Group IV Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol

10/12/2019

It’s not always ‘all business’ at the Texas Wing Conference.
Aerospace Education presented a hovercraft to demonstrate the importance and effect of the center of gravity.
Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Group IV Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Sharing the good work of Civil Air Patrol and running some Search and Rescue exercises. Civil Air Patrol Texas Wing HQGr...
10/05/2019

Sharing the good work of Civil Air Patrol and running some Search and Rescue exercises.
Civil Air Patrol Texas Wing HQ
Group IV Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol

September is Su***de Prevention Month. This month’s Character Development activity was discussing our own Wellness and R...
09/25/2019

September is Su***de Prevention Month. This month’s Character Development activity was discussing our own Wellness and Resiliency.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning in the Group IV area. TONIGHT’S MEETING IS CANCELLED. P...
09/17/2019

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning in the Group IV area. TONIGHT’S MEETING IS CANCELLED. Please make sure all Thunderbird members are aware.

Next stop is the top!
09/17/2019

Next stop is the top!

Civil Air Patrol is the 2019 recipient of the Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award, one of the Air Force Association’s highest honors. Named after the former U.S. general who served as the second chief of staff of the Air Force and also the second director of the CIA, the 2019 Vandenberg award recognizes CAP ...

Group IV Commander Eli Aaron visited for an open discussion and delivered awards to our hard-working senior members.
09/04/2019

Group IV Commander Eli Aaron visited for an open discussion and delivered awards to our hard-working senior members.

July 2019 PromotionsCongratulations, Cadets!
09/04/2019

July 2019 Promotions
Congratulations, Cadets!

August 2019 PromotionsCongratulations, Thunderbirds!
09/04/2019

August 2019 Promotions
Congratulations, Thunderbirds!

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Hi I am a patron member of Civil Air Patrol and USAF Veteran I also collect Civil Air Patrol patches and their heraldry and was wondering if I could trade, buy or make a donation for your Squadron patch. If you have any other versions of your patch or other Civil Air Patrol patches new or used I would be interested in those too. I can send a check, money order or paypal along with a return envelope. Thank you

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I was a member of the Thunderbird squadron from the time I was 13 till I was 21. I am now 67. It does my heart proud to see how the squadron has grown.
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TX179 Thunderbird Composite Squadron represented at 2017 Officer Familiarization Course
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Our local ceremony for Wreaths Across America is 12/16/17.
CAP friends here is a movie you might want to see. My friend Brad Rushing was the Cinematographer and here is what he posted.

The 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, the United States' first military response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Doolittle and his crew pulled off an unprecedented raid that many felt was impossible.
Watch the 1944 movie "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" for the story adapted from pilot Ted Lawson's book.
I was honored to shoot the new film "Doolittle's Raiders" this past January and February about the event. I'll post video of the early presale trailer in the comments.

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Video from today, the squadron can be occasionally seen on the far left...barely.
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