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About Granite Cadet Squadron (MAR-MD-879)

Granite Cadet Squadron is a local unit of Civil Air Patrol.  We are part of Group 1 in Maryland Wing, which is in the Mid-Atlantic Region of Civil Air Patrol.  Our mission is to support Civil Air Patrol's mission and vision while adhering to the core values.  Our squadron focuses on these objectives while working with the homeschooled community in central Maryland.  Granite Cadet Squadron was chartered on February 27, 2020.  We are chartered as a school squadron, the first school squadron dedicated to the needs of homeschooled cadets.  Prospective cadets are required to be at least 12 years old to join, although cadets can remain in the program until their 21st birthday.  Adult leaders interested in supporting our program as instructors, assistants, chaperones, or support are always welcome.

About Civil Air Patrol
Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation's civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground. 

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 55,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program. 

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 80-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide. 

In Maryland, more than 1,300 members, cadets and adults, stand ready to serve their communities and state.
Mission Statement
Volunteers serving America's communities, saving lives, and shaping futures.

Core Values
Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence and Respect. 

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