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Welcome to Gastonia Composite Squadron!


We are a very active unit. In addition to our weekly meetings, we engage in a wide range of activities throughout the year. Whether your child is interested in Emergency Services, Honor Guard/Color Guard, learning leadership, or just wants to fly in an airplane, we have activities to help them grow and mature.


What we ask in return is a commitment back to the squadron and Civil Air Patrol. As an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, we have the privilege of wearing Air Force-style uniforms. That honor carries with it certain expectations of decorum and adherence to our core values: Integrity, Excellence, Volunteer Service, and Respect. As the parent, you are an integral part in ensuring that these values are communicated, learned, and expressed in the cadet's everyday life.


We also have a lot of fun participating in exciting activities that aren't available to everyday youth. You will become proficient at filling out permission forms, as your child participates in these unique events.


We look forward to seeing you and your child as a part of the nation's finest force of citizen volunteers serving America.


— Capt Derk Beutler, Commander

HQ awards the Quality Cadet Unit Award to squadrons that display strong program fundamentals. Units earning this award are deemed to have a healthy and vibrant Cadet Program. We've worked hard to earn this award three years in a row (2017, 2018, and 2019) and are on track for 2020.

Weekly Meetings During the Pandemic

  • Every Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Gastonia Municipal Airport
  • Arrival time 6:30-7:00 pm

Meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome. Due to the pandemic we are meeting outside only until further notice. Participants and visitors must pass a temperature check and heath screening questions. Masks must be worn. If severe weather is forecast we will meet virtually. When the pandemic restrictions are lifted, we will resume normal meetings from 6:30-9:00 pm at the New Hope Baptist Church. Contact Lt Mike Hadrick at if any questions.

Squadron Contacts

Squadron Commander Capt Derk Beutler
Deputy Commander for Cadets 1st Lt Alison Caudle
Deputy Commander for Seniors 1st Lt Mike Hadrick
Public Affairs Officer Capt Sue Beutler




About the Deputy Commander for Cadets

Lt. Alison Caudle joined the Civil Air Patrol during the Summer of 2015 after her then 12 year old son joined. She, like many parents, didn’t want to just sit around meetings – she wanted to join those meetings and do something to help!

Volunteering and advocating, especially for and with children, has always been a passion for Lt. Caudle. As well as the many hours at CAP that she volunteers at (and couldn’t do without the help of all the other senior members), she is a Child Custody Advocate for a local county court system and volunteers about 30 hours a month at a local county animal shelter. She works full time and she and her husband are also in the process of opening their own business. She has five children: her two bio children, Chaz born in 1991 and Cade, born in 2003 who is a CAP cadet and wants to go to college and then join the Air Force. She has three bonus children: Jeremy born in 1986, Heather born in 1987, and Joseph born in 1990, who was in the Navy for 6 years.

Lt. Caudle feels that becoming Deputy Commander for Cadets was the greatest honor of her professional and volunteer career. Working directly with the cadets, helping to guide them, watching their growth, seeing their interests change and develop, and allowing them to become the best they can become is what makes all the hours worth it.

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