Gordon Cooper Composite Squadron (OK086)
Location: Gordon Cooper Technology Center
1 John C Bruton Dr., Shawnee, OK 74804
Meetings: Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm
Squadron Commander: Lt. Col. Robin Rowden, CAP
Web link: okwg.cap.gov/shawnee
Unit Charter Number: SWR-OK-086
As a composite squadron, the membership focus is on cadet, cadet sponsor, and active senior members. Weekly meetings are mainly aimed at advancing cadets through the CAP Cadet Program. A separate meeting may be determined for active senior members as needed.
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WING: OK | UNIT: 086
The origins of the Civil Air Patrol story began in 1936, when Gill Robb Wilson, World War I aviator and New Jersey director of aeronautics, returned from Germany convinced of impending war. Wilson envisioned mobilizing America’s civilian aviators for national defense.
The proposal for a Civil Air Patrol was approved by Commerce, Navy, and War departments and CAP national headquarters opened its doors Dec. 1. In January 1942, U-boats started attacking the shipping lanes along our east coast. By June, enemy attacks destroyed nearly 400 merchant vessels and oil tankers off the U.S. Atlantic coastline, often within sight of our shores.
Civil Air Patrol was called into action by a short-handed military. With privately owned airplanes armed with light bombs, civilian volunteers became the eyes of the home skies, flying a total of 244,600 hours patrolling and safeguarding America's coastline, aiding the safe movement of war material to the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific.
Today’s Civil Air Patrol may look different, but its core remains the same. It continues to support America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power.
Oklahoma Wing Members In Action
Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power.