High Desert Composite Squadron

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Change of Command Ceremony

Tuesday Evening February 20th, the High Desert Squadron held a Change of Command Ceremony.  Maj Wissing was thanked for his outstanding leadership over the past 4 1/2 years and Lt Simmons was welcomed as the new Squadron Commander.  Maj Wissing has assumed the position of Deputy Commander of Cadets, a position he has previously held, and cherishes.

Above are photos from the Change of Command Ceremony


Thank you for helping us . . . Remember, Honor, and Teach - By thanking a veteran.

Each wreath purchased was placed on a veteran's grave at Deschutes Memorial Gardens during our Wreaths Across America ceremony on Dec. 17th. 2016. 

There was excellent turn-out for the ceremony, with standing-room-only in the chapel.

Please visit our photo gallery for photos of the event:

For a $15 gift (tax deductible), a wreath will be placed on a veteran's grave. To make your gift (for the 2016 ceremony) go to

 * A portion of each sale also helps support our local CAP squadron activities. Thank you for your support.

High Desert Squadron Member Awarded at Oregon Wing Conference 2017

 CAP Gen. Vazquez announces that Civil Air Patrol is officially a member of the United States Air Force's Total Force!

The Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.  All members are volunteers and receive no pay.  As the auxiliary of the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is organized along military lines, on the National, Wing, and local/Squadron levels, though it is a civilian volunteer organization.

Civil Air Patrol was established in the Office of Civilian Defense on 1 December 1941 to organize and direct the activities of volunteer civilians who made their time, airplanes, and equipment available for wartime tasks.   


"We are not volunteers; we are professionals who just happen to volunteer". Lt Col Sandner was recently overheard saying that.  When asked if he could be quoted, he said sure, but that the quote is not original to him.

The entire "Composite" Squadron consisting of Senior Members and Cadets meets the first Tuesday evening of each month from 1900 to 2100 in the Airlink Hangar at the Bend Airport. The Cadets also meet there at 1900 on the intervening Tuesdays.

Guests are always welcome.

Members Area

Upcoming Events

Meeting Time & Place

Senior Members:
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
EAA Hangar at Bend Airport

Every Tuesday, 7-9PM
EAA Hangar at Bend Airport


Squadron Commander
(541) 408-7573


Both Cadets (12-18) and 
Seniors (Adults) are welcome!


Airlink Hangar 63144 Powell Butte Road, Bend, OR

B-25 Visit to Bend                       B-25 "Grumpy"

F-15 from ANG Visit

F-15 at Portland ANG


Recent Senior Member Promotions

    LtCol Hellis