Civil Air Patrol

Commanders Welcome

On behalf of the entire squadron, I would like to welcome you to the official website of the 176th Selfridge Composite Squadron, home of the “Bulldogs” and one of many squadrons representing the Civil Air Patrol in the Michigan Wing.  We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our elite organization. We are a  proud squadron with dedicated and skilled officers and cadets who volunteer their time and talents “Performing Missions for America.”

Congressionally chartered as a non-profit organization, CAP is the Official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force charged with  three missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Services. Our squadron members are highly active in all of these missions in the local community, across the State of Michigan, and beyond.

CAP’s cadet program provides America´s youth 12 to 21 with exciting and challenging opportunities. Cadets experience the wonder of aviation through first hand experience flying in CAP aircraft, learning about aviation from pilots, aircraft mechanics and working around aircraft.

For adults, there are many opportunities to participate in air and ground search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, and other missions. Pilots, aircrew and ground team members are needed to perform these life saving missions. Squadron members work also as mission base staff executing their duties in the areas of planning, logistics and operations. to name a few.

Family members can become involved by joining the unit as an active member, a cadet sponsor or with the Squadron Family Support Group. Some of our greatest assets are the parents and family members who assist in helping out as needed with a variety of tasks.

We are located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, one of the oldest continious operating air bases in the United States. If you are up to the challenge, come and visit us or go to our Contacts  page and request additional information. I look forward to meeting you at our next squadron meeting.

Want a quick glimpse into the life and activities of a Civil Air Patrol officer and cadet, check out the video below.

Jeff Schelske, Maj. CAP
Squadron Commander

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