Raritan Valley Composite Squadron
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Squadron History

History

The unit charter number 29003, is the third oldest in the state of New Jersey. Raritan Valley Composite Squadron traces back its history to the New Brunswick Composite Squadron, and its unit charter issued around 1951. That squadron’s first home was at what is today the former Armory in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  From there, the unit moved to North Brunswick Airport, which was located at Jersey Avenue and How Lane in North Brunswick, New Jersey. When the airport closed, somewhere around 1965-1966, the squadron moved to Camp Kilmer, now Raritan Center Industrial Park.

In January 1975, the Somerset County Composite Squadron was merged into the New Brunswick Composite Squadron. The unit was redesigned (re-named) Raritan Valley Composite Squadron with charter number 29003. The Raritan Valley Composite Squadron then moved to Kupper Airport, now known as Central Jersey Regional Airport, in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

 

About Us Today

Today, Raritan Valley Composite Squadron is one of the largest and most active squadrons in the New Jersey Wing. Our squadron is composed of over 80 cadets and 46 senior members engaged in CAPs three missions of cadet programs, aerospace education, and emergency services. 

 

Cadet Program

Our cadets are involved in numerous activities, with our cadet program managed and overseen by a dedicated senior member staff officers qualified in cadet programs. The cadet program staff works to oversee the cadet’s advancement in the program.  Our cadet program has produced many cadets that have advanced through the entire program, completing all 16 achievements to the grade of Cadet Major.  Many cadets go on to achieve CAPs second highest cadet award, the General Ira C Eaker Award  for the grade of cadet Lieutenant Colonel. A number of our cadets have also gone on to achieve CAPs highest cadet award, the General Carl A Spaatz Award for the grade of Cadet Colonel.

The squadron has received numerous awards for its outstanding cadet program, including the Squadron of Merit Award for 1986, 1988, 2012, 2015 and 2017. The Squadron has also received the Quality Cadet Unit Award, consecutively, for the past ten years. The Quality Cadet Unit Award is earned by a unit whose cadet program demonstrates exceptional performance in cadet achievement, adult leadership, cadet onboarding, aerospace education, enrollment, outside activities, and cadet participation in emergency services.  

 

Emergency Services (ES)

The squadron has an active emergency services program including aircrews, ground teams, and communications. Aircrews are involved with conducting air missions and are composed of a mission pilot, mission observer, and mission scanner. Ground teams are involved, as the name implies, with ground search and rescue operations. Communications involves CAP radio operations for both HF (similar to shortwave) and VHF (ground and air).  The squadron is very active in all three areas for both senior members and cadets. Of note is that about one-third of the New Jersey Wing’s pilots are members of our squadron.

 

Aerospace Education (AE)

Raritan Valley Composite Squadron is also known for its aerospace education program, which encompasses both internal squadron activities, as well as activities in the community and the general public. The internal activities for cadets include robotics, CyberPatriots (cyber security) and StellarExplorers (a national space design competition). Internal AE activities for senior members revolve around various aviation, aircraft systems and space topics. Both programs make extensive use of CAP’s STEM kits.

Our external AE program involves assisting local schools, participating in science fairs and external events, such as FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competitions. 

 

Awards

Throughout its history, Raritan Valley Composite Squadron has earned numerous awards. 

  • 2 Unit Citation Awards:

The Unit Citation Award is awarded to those CAP units who have shown exceptionally meritorious service or an exceptionally outstanding achievement which clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. It is the fourth highest available decoration in the CAP.

 

  • 5  Squadron of Merit Awards:

The Squadron of Merit Award is an annual award established to recognize the top cadet or composite squadron in each wing.

 

  • 10 Consecutive Quality Cadet Unit Awards and counting.

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