Civil Air Patrol Hazleton Composite Squadron 203

Semper Oriens


Squadron Commander: Major Thomas Hall

Deputy Commander for Seniors: 1stLt Anthony Velgus

Deputy Commander for Cadets: 2dLt Cheryl English 

Cadet Commander: C/Capt Chris English 

Cadet Staff:  C/CMSgt Joseph McCoy and C/CMSgt Liam Katz

Meeting Place: Hazleton Municipal Airport, at the Civil Air Patrol building to the right of the Airport Terminal. 

Date/Time: Thursdays, 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm

WINTER NOTICE:  If the Hazleton Area School District authorizes cancellation or early dismissal of school due to adverse weather conditions, then the Squadron meeting that evening will be cancelled.  Please do not drive to the meeting.


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Aerospace Education

The objective of the aerospace education mission is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the impact of aviation and aerospace in our everyday lives. Internal aerospace education programs within CAP are aerospace education programs prepared for both seniors and cadets.  The external aerospace education program provides education for non-CAP individuals through teacher workshops, primary and high school programs, and public information.

Cadet Programs

The CAP Cadet Program is developed around five program elements: Leadership, Character Development, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness and activities.

To become a cadet, you must be aged 12 to 18.  Cadets meet 3 hours per week and one weekend per month, on average.  If you are interested in a career in aviation, space, or the military, then the CAP cadet progam may be the right place for you.  Stop by a meeting, talk to current members and see what CAP is all about! 

Emergency Services

Our emergency services mission covers such areas as search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief and life support activities, and emergency communications.

Members train in a variety of positions from Pilots, Observers and Scanners to Incident Commanders, Ground Branch Directors, Ground Team Leaders and Members and Urban Direction Finding Teams.

Mission Statement: "To serve America by developing our Nation's youth; accomplishing local, state and national emergency and humanitarian missions; and educationg our citizens on the impact of aviation and space."

Vision: "Civil Air Patrol, America's Air Force Auxiliary, building the nation's finest force of citizen volunteers -- performing Missions for America"


Civil Air Patrol was founded in December 1941, one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, by 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 500,000 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 CAP as a federally chartered benevolent civilian corporation, and Congress passed Public Law 557 on May 26, 1948, making CAP the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. CAP was charged with three primary missions – aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.

With the passage of Public Law 106-398 in October 2000, Congress provided that "The Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer civilian auxiliary of the Air Force when the services of the Civil Air Patrol are used by any department or agency in any branch of the federal government."