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Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol
The Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
Associated branches
United States Air Force
Executive staff
Commander Col Sandra E. Brandon
Vice Commander Lt Col Gary Fleming
Current statistics
Squadrons 65
Cadets 1089
Seniors 1162
Total Membership 2251
Statistics as of December 31, 2012[1]

The Pennsylvania Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the highest echelon of CAP in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Wing headquarters is located at Fort Indiantown Gap near Harrisburg, PA.

Pennsylvania Wing is abbreviated as "PAWG", and is often referred to by its members as "PA Wing". A Pennsylvania keystone is a symbol commonly used in patches and designs of PAWG.

For CAP radio communications, PAWG call signs have the "PennCAP" prefix. Pennsylvania Wing is the 31st wing, but equipment identification numbers and unit charter numbers begin with the prefix 37. For example, a CAP aircraft in Pennsylvania Wing uses the callsign CAP 37##, where ## is the number of the aircraft.


Pennsylvania Wing is one of the original 48 wings in Civil Air Patrol.

In the spring of 1942, the Pennsylvania Wing conducted a 30-day experiment with the intention of convincing the Army Air Forces that they were capable of flying cargo missions for the nation. PA Wing transported Army cargo as far as Georgia, and top Army officials were impressed. After the 30 day trial period, the War Department gave CAP permission to conduct courier and cargo service for the military, often flying mail, light cargo, and important military officials between USAAF bases.[citation needed]

One of the Civil Air Patrols very first "Aviation Cadet Programs" was established at the Pittsburgh Army Air Field in the Spring of 1943. Accepting young men as "Aviation Cadets" in a delayed enlistment program for the Army Air Forces, the Pittsburgh Squadron trained these boys (as young as 15) in Aerospace and Military subjects and vetted them for service as Army Air Force Pilots. Graduating a total of 16 Aviation Cadets for the Army in less than ten months, the Pittsburgh Squadron model was copied by units in Philadelphia, New York City and as far south as Florida. Today, the current Squadron with direct lineage to that Aviation Cadet Unit is the CAP's second longest, continually operated unit on a Military Installation.

On December 31, 1999, PA Wing units were put on stand-by in case of any problems arising from the Y2K bug.[citation needed]

During the September 11 attacks, Pennsylvania Wing was ordered to a stand-by state. Although not officially tasked with any missions in direct support, PAWG radio communications centers were operational and prepared to offer assistance.

In 2006, PA Wing was activated to fly reconnaissance missions during the 2006 flood. PAWG aircraft flew over major waterways to provide detailed photographs of flood-affected areas and to monitor floodwaters as they moved downstream.

31 Members from Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol traveled 28 hours to Pascagoula, Mississippi to aid in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. PAWG Rangers went door-to-door ensuring that local residents had adequate food, water, and medical care.[2]

In August and September 2011, all CAP emergency service teams in Pennsylvania Wing and CAP members from Maryland,West Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana Wings were activated to assist communities affected by Hurricane Irene (2011) and Tropical Storm Lee (2011).

During the time between September 1, 2010 to December 1, 2011, the Pennsylvania Wing saved eleven lives,[citation needed] provided emergency response in Pennsylvania during the 2011 flooding and severe winter storms.

In November 2012, CAP Pennsylvania Wing emergency services air crews and ground teams were activated to assist communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware during flooding and high wind of Hurricane Sandy.

Pennsylvania Wing Commanders

  1. Lt. Col. William L. Anderson Dec 1, 41 to Aug 18, 45
  2. Lt. Col. Philip F. Neuweiler Aug 18, 45 to Mar 26, 46[3]
  3. Lt. Col. Carl A. Reber Mar 26, 46 to Aug 15, 47[3]
  4. Col. Philip F. Neuweiler Aug 15, 47[3] to Mar 21, 70
  5. Col. Angelo A. Milano Mar 22, 70 to Nov 5, 77
  6. Temp. Col. Andrew E. Skiba Nov 5, 1977 to Jun 28, 1978
  7. Lt. Col. Edward T. Kelly (Int.) Jun 28, 1978 to Jan 1, 1979
  8. Col. Angelo A. Milano Jan 1, 1979 to Dec 7, 1987
  9. Col. Raymond F. Schuler Dec 7, 1987 to Feb 16, 1990
  10. Col. M. Allen Applebaum Feb 16, 1990 to Nov 14, 1990
  11. Col. Larry Kauffman Nov 14, 1990 to Nov 20, 1993
  12. Col. Joseph A. Guimond, Jr. Nov 20, 1993 to Aug 19, 1995
  13. Col. Jean-Pierre J. Habets Aug 19, 1995 to Aug 15, 1999
  14. Col. Fredric K. Weiss Aug 15, 1999 to Jun 14, 2003
  15. Col. M. Allen Applebaum Jun 14, 2003 to Sep 29, 2007
  16. Col. Mark A. Lee Sep 29, 2007 to Nov 12, 2011
  17. Col. Sandra E. Brandon Nov 12, 2011 to Present

Pennsylvania Spaatz Awards

10 Michael F. S. Hanford Feb 14, 1966
47 Kenneth B. Hibbert Sep 12, 1967
62 Ramon L. Bennedetto May 16, 1968
74 Michael A. Allen Nov 22, 1968
79 Richard B. Smith Jan 7, 1969
88 James I. Heald May 15, 1969
104 Paul S. Draper Jan 14, 1970
105 Harry Z. Mertz Jan 14, 1970
116 Gary J. Kirkpatrick May 14, 1970
166 Roy K. Salomon Apr 11, 1972
171 Marie E. Stutz Jun 28, 1972
174 Donald P. Flinn Jul 24, 1972
205 Mark L. Sweeney Mar 15, 1973
220 George S. Rose Jun 18, 1973
230 Robert P. Pelligrini Aug 2, 1973
299 Gary p. Standorf Nov 7, 1974
314 Keith D. Kries Mar 7, 1975
423 Konrad J. Trautman Feb 14, 1977
445 Robert Mattes Oct 2, 1977
452 Lawrence L. Trick Nov 22, 1977
463 Jerrold Warthman Mar 1, 1978
480 Richard Magners Jul 3, 1978
484 Richard Graves Aug 22, 1978
495 James Kraftchak Jan 2, 1979
510 William Snee May 1, 1979
532 Bryan Watson Nov 13, 1979
533 Robert Atwell Nov 16, 1979
534 Terry Hawes Nov 19, 1979
553 Jeff Riley Aug 8, 1980
554 Terry Friend Sep 3, 1980
558 Tim Hawes Oct 27, 1980
570 Richard Yingling May 6, 1981
583 R. Steven Rickert Oct 7, 1981
613 Edward Czeck Jun 25, 1982
625 Sean Neal Dec 13, 1982
626 Anthony Sodano Dec 17, 1982
691 Walter Garnett Apr 1, 1984
738 Kurt Hack Feb 28, 1985
783 Robert Lutz Jan 22, 1986
797 Daniel Weston May 8, 1986
815 David Mertes Sep 5, 1986
882 Paul Andrew Apr 6, 1988
889 John Angeny Jul 1, 1988
935 Lawrence L. Stouffer Apr 18, 1989
950 John Talaber Aug 8, 1989
957 Henry Lutz Aug 29, 1989
1007 William Davis Jun 12, 1990
1043 Kerim Yasar Jan 16, 1991
1073 Joseph Shirer Aug 27, 1991
1074 Randy Lentz Aug 27, 1991
1081 Isaac Zortman Nov 21, 1991
1083 Richard Gray Dec 9, 1991
1101 Nathaniel Szewczyk Feb 25, 1992
1153 Kara Grimaldi Jan 18, 1993
1173 Timothy Cheslock Jun 29, 1993
1174 Sarah Ferdinand Jun 29, 1993
1236 Julian Rivera Jan 12, 1995
1282 Julius Armstrong Dec 22, 1995
1286 Joel A. Martin Dec 3, 1995
1287 Broderick A. Jones Dec 3, 1995
1383 Michael T. Bauer Jul 19, 1998
1409 Jason Secrest Jul 16, 1999
1432 Sean T. Conroy Jun 9, 2000
1480 Joshua Plocinski Dec 21, 2002
1497 Shawn M. Cressman Mar 13, 2003
1590 Erin M. Nelson Feb 21, 2006
1631 David J. Spillane Apr 21, 2007
1658 Robert A. Nolt Jul 26, 2007
1662 Matthew J. Postupack Aug 28, 2007
1677 Thomas P. Carr Dec 22, 2007
1748 Courtney Gallagher Dec 23, 2009
1767 Dane V. Carroll Aug 19, 2010
1791 Noah D. Bendele Apr 21, 2011 Source:


Pennsylvania Wing is the highest echelon of Civil Air Patrol in Pennsylvania. PA Wing reports to Northeast Region CAP, who reports to CAP National Headquarters.

Pennsylvania Wing Headquarters is located in a renovated World War Two Post Exchange (PX) and Non Commissioned Officers Club (NCO Club) at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pennsylvania. Offices, classrooms, a communications center and an emergency operations center are located inside the Headquarters. Additionally, the headquarters building is located approximately one mile from Muir Army Airfield.

Reporting to the Wing level, Pennsylvania is divided into six geographic groups and one School Group (Group 800). Each group conducts training, activities, classroom learning and programs, with actual missions assigned to a group from the Wing. Originally, the state was divided into three groups (western, central, and eastern); but with an increasing number of squadrons, PAWG divided split each group into northern and southern sections, creating six groups in 2007.[4]

Reporting to each group are 76 squadrons. Squadrons are the local level of organization and serve the local community, and squadrons meet weekly to conduct conducts training, activities, classroom learning and programs to carry out the three missions of Civil Air Patrol - Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education.

There are three types of Civil Air Patrol squadrons.

  1. A cadet squadron focus primarily on providing for cadets.
  2. A senior squadron is a unit dedicated to allowing senior members to focus on CAP's missions.
  3. Composite squadrons have both cadets and senior members working together.

As of December 1, 2011, the PA Wing operates 76 squadrons, in seven groups, 15 aircraft, 43 ground vehicles and a state-wide radio communications network that is operational 24/7 and is part of a national network.

Groups and Squadrons

Group 1

File:Pennsylvania Wing Group 1 graphic.png

Group 1 Insignia

Group 1 is responsible for operations in and around the Pittsburgh area.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 1 Headquarters Allegheny County Airport
Squadron 601 Washington Composite
Squadron 602 Allegheny County Composite
Squadron 603 Golden Triangle Composite
Squadron 712 Butler Composite
Squadron 1407 Delmont Cadet
Squadron 1502 Somerset Composite

Group 2

Group 2 operates around Harrisburg.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 2 Headquarters Fort Indiantown Gap
Squadron 301 York Composite
Squadron 302 Capital City Composite
Squadron 304 Jesse Jones Composite
Squadron 306 Harrisburg International Composite
Squadron 307 Lebanon VFW Cadet
Flight 506 Perry County Flight
Squadron 811 Reading Composite

Group 3

Group 3 operates in the greater Philadelphia area.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website Notes
Group 3 Headquarters Willow Grove JRB
Squadron 101 Lower Bucks Cadet
Squadron 102 Philadelphia Composite
Squadron 103 Philadelphia Composite
Squadron 104 Northeast Philadelphia Composite
Squadron 105 North Philadelphia Senior
Communications Flight 312 Meets via CAP Radio
Squadron 812 General Carl A. Spaatz Composite
Squadron 902 Willow Grove JRB Composite Unit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png
Squadron 1001 Composite 1001 [1] Unit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png
Squadron 1006 West Philadelphia Composite
Squadron 1007 Delco Composite
Squadron 1008 Chester County Composite

Group 4

Group 4 conducts operations in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 4 Headquarters Quakertown Airport
Squadron 201 Wayne Composite
Squadron 203 Hazleton Composite
Squadron 207 Mt Pocono Composite
Squadron 251 Hilltown Senior
Squadron 801 Allentown Optimist Composite
Squadron 805 Lehigh Valley Composite
Squadron 807 Bangor Slate Belt Composite
Squadron 904 Quakertown Composite Unit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png
Squadron 907 Doylestown Composite Unit Citation Award CAP Unit Citation Award (Streamer).png

Group 5

The Group 5 region encompasses much of North Central Pennsylvania, including State College, Altoona, and Williamsport.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 5 Headquarters State College
Squadron 239 Mid-State Composite
Squadron 338 Nittany Composite
Squadron 339 Grand Canyon Composite
Squadron 401 Williamsport Composite
Squadron 522 Selinsgrove Cadet
Squadron 1504 Keystone Country Cadet

Group 6

Group 6 is responsible for operations near Erie.

Squadron Number Name/Location/Type Website
Group 6 Headquarters Greenville
Squadron 124 Tri City Composite
Squadron 125 Armstrong County Composite
Squadron 332 Mercer County Composite
Squadron 337 Lawrence County Composite
Squadron 501 Major Don Beatty Composite
Squadron 502 Erie Composite
Squadron 503 Crawford County Composite
Squadron 504 Clarion Composite [2]
Squadron 505 Warren County Composite
Squadron 704 Beaver County Composite
Squadron 714 Jimmy Stewart Composite


Pennsylvania Wing conducts a number of schools as a part of its cadet programs. These schools provide instruction and hands on experience to members in a variety of areas, ranging from aviation to search and rescue.

Group 800 - School Program Squadrons
Squadron Number Name/Location/Type
Squadron 821 Creighton Cadet
Flight 823 Northeast H.S.
Flight 825 Franklin Academics
Flight 827 Morris Leeds Middle School
Squadron 832 New Harvest Composite

Hawk Mountain Ranger School

Pennsylvania Wing operates the longest continuously operating school of search and rescue in the United States.[5] Hawk Mountain Ranger School is funded and operated by the Wing both as a cadet program and also to instruct CAP members in emergency services operations. HMRS typically conducts training once a month, and offers a 10-day course during the summer as a National Cadet Special Activity.

Summer Schools

Basic Encampment

Often referred to only as 'Encampment,' this school is a 9 day condensed version of the Air Force's Basic Training program, modified for cadets age 12-17. The encampment teaches basic cadets the fundamentals of followership and discipline in both an academic and applied environment. This course is traditionally taught at Fort Indiantown Gap.[6]

Cadet Leadership School

CLS is also a 9 day course, offered a few weeks before basic encampment. CLS is similar to Air Force ROTC's Field Training program, focusing on developing cadet's leadership potential. This course involves both classroom instruction and applied leadership skills.[6]

Glider Flight Encampment

Glider Flight Encampment instructs cadets in the principles of flight, culminating in several rides in an unpowered glider.[6]

Powered Flight Encampment

Powered Flight Encampment instructs cadets in the basics of aviation. Cadets learn about ground and air procedures, as well as fly in CAP owned Cessna 172s and 182s. Cadets that do well during the program may earn their solo wings.[6]

Other Schools

Basic Cadet Orientation Program

BCOP is a weekend course to teach new cadets about the fundamentals of Civil Air Patrol. Topics covered include uniform care, basic drill instruction, opportunities available to cadets, as well as fun and fellowship. This course is typically offered in the early spring.

Squadron Leadership School

Squadrons are the local unit of Civil Air Patrol, and this course covers material related to the successful operation of a Civil Air Patrol squadron.


  1. "eServices, National Headquarters". Civil Air Patrol. , login required
  2. 1st Lt Elizabeth Hornbach (September 2005). "Pennsylvania Wing Aids in Disaster Relief". Retrieved September 30, 2008. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Neprud, Robert E (1948). Flying Minute Men: The Story of the Civil Air Patrol. Duell, Sloan and Pearce. OCLC 401797. 
  4. "About the CAP". Retrieved November 3, 2008. 
  5. "Hawk Mountain Ranger Training School". Retrieved October 29, 2008. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "2008 PA Wing Schools". Retrieved October 17, 2008. 

External links

Official websites
PA Wing cadet activities

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