Granite Cadet Squadron (MAR-MD-879) was officially chartered on February 27, 2020, as a unit of the Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol within the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The squadron began as an idea discussed at a Maryland Wing open house for Maryland homeschool families in the spring of 2019. Interested families and several Maryland Wing members with homeschooling experience worked together to bring the idea of a weekday unit dedicated to meeting the unique needs of homeschooling families, as well as others unable to attend evening squadron meetings, to fruition. The squadron began to meet formally in September 2019 and quickly met the requirements for charter. Nineteen CAP members (12 cadets and 7 adult leaders) were charter members of the squadron and continue to shape and lead this unique squadron with the support of local squadrons interested in helping the unit succeed.