What is the Civil Air Patrol?

Chartered in 1996, our squadron acts as a part of the Civil Air Patrol, a non-profit corporation that acts as an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The Civil Air Patrol, focusing on cadet programs, aviation, and emergency services, provides volunteer service to the local community and builds leadership skills and character in cadets.

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Where are we located?

The Northwest Hills Composite squadron is located at 153 South Main Street in Torrington, Connecticut. On the left side of the armory, a set of stairs with our sign will lead you down to our squadron's base of operations.

How do I join?

You can sign up by receiving a form from the Squadron. Please meet us there to see if the Civil Air Patrol is right for you! We meet every Thursday night from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

The Four Core Values

An essential part of the Civil Air Patrol are the four core values that cadets and senior members pledge to live by.


Former Air Force Cheif of Staff General Charles A. Gabriel once said, "Integrity is the fundamental premise of service in a free society. Without integrity, the moral pillars of our military strength--public trust and self- respect--are lost."

Volunteer Service

To serve is to satisfy the needs or requirements of an organization and, in the case of the CAP; it is to render service to one's nation.


Excellence demands more than mission accomplishment. To excel is to surpass, to go beyond what is expected and we must constantly strive for such results.


Genuine respect involves viewing another person as an individual of fundamental worth. A person is never judged on the basis of his/her possession of an attribute that places him or her in some racial, ethic, economic, or gender-based category.