Who We Are
Camarillo Squadron 61 (PCR-CA-204) is a Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol - U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. It includes both Senior Members (women and men age 18 and above) and Cadets (young women and men ages 12-18). The squadron is involved in the three primary missions of the Civil Air Patrol - Emergency Services, Cadet Training and Aerospace/STEM Education Support. Squadron 61 is a unit of Group 4 - Central Coast (PCR-CA213) of the California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
Squadron 61 is headquartered at Camarillo Airport and has offices, meeting rooms/mess room and classroom there. Civil Air Patrol assets include aircraft, vehicles and communication equipment. The squadron includes over 40 Senior Members and approximately 30 Cadets. The Commander of Squadron 61 is Maj Julius I. Gonzales.
What We Do
Squadron 61 contributes to the Civil Air Patrol's mission as America’s premier public service organization for carrying out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. As the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, CAP’s vigilant citizen volunteers, including the members of Squadron 61 are there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. The Squadron is part of a compliment of 60,000 members who selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
“Supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power.”
Always prepared, both in the air and on the ground, members of the Civil Air Patrol perform emergency services for state and local agencies as well as the federal government as the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states/local communities as a nonprofit organization. Ever vigilant, these true patriots make a difference in their communities, not only to assist in times of disaster but also to search for the lost and protect the homeland.
Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. As cadets participate in these four elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way. Many of the nation’s astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through CAP.
Civil Air Patrol’s awarding-winning aerospace education program promotes aerospace, aviation and STEM-related careers with engaging, standards-based, hands-on curriculum and activities. It shapes the experiences and aspirations of youth both in and outside of CAP’s cadet program.
Squadron 61 holds Cadet Meetings every Tuesday night starting at 1830 (6:30 PM). Senior Member Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month starting at 1900 (7:00 PM). You are welcome to visit us at those times if you wish to meet members of the squadron and gain more information. Squadron Meetings are held at Camarillo Airport at the Civil Air Patrol HQ, 55 Durley Ave, Camarillo, CA 93010.
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