THE DELTA COMPOSITE SQUADRON QUARTERLY FOURTH QUARTER 2009
‘Who’ is Delta Composite Squadron? --
Maj. Brian Callahan
If someone were to ask us, “What is DeltaSquadron?” we would all readily have an answer. Butif someone were to ask us, “Who is Delta Squadron?”the answer would become a little more difficult.I don’t know of another organization that has asfocused a purpose for the utilization of volunteerswith an interest in aviation, development of youth or teaching people about the importance of aerospacesuperiority as the CAP. I believe that its strength isthe spirit of its members to serve the threefoldmission and how those members learn to serve theorganization.However, while most members become excited andfocused about training and participating in missionoriented activities, few members become concernedabout the emphasis and focus that must be directedtoward securing the facilities and funding required tostabilize the squadron’s ability to facilitate trainingand maintain operations.As with many organizations, the burden of theplanning and work required to address the problemsdue to underfunding is usually left to a fewindividuals. This is an organizational weakness thatthreatens the morale, cohesiveness and operationaleffectiveness of any squadron where leaders andmembers allow those conditions to remainunchanged.Many of us have had discussions about the fact thatour squadron is not a “flying club” because we have athreefold mission for which we train and prepare toperform when required. Although we are expected tooperate to Air Force standards, we are continuallyreminded that we are a volunteer civilianorganization, not a military organization.The truth is that the requirements for membershipand the operation of a squadron in the CAP includecertain elements that are exactly the same as flyingclubs or civilian veterans’ organizations. The CAP islike a flying club because it requires that those whouse the aircraft provided pay for its use when flying toincrease or maintain proficiency. Most CAP membersreadily agree that the CAP is an economical way tofly and supplies a great outlet for those who desire toserve their community through their interest inaviation. It is not like a flying club in that there is “freeflying” when we are engaged in missions or approvedtraining exercises.The other way we are similar to flying clubs is that weare expected to have a facility to secure our aircraftand hold meetings. We had such a facility, but wewere so sure that no one else would rent it in theconditions that existed, that we didn’t take the stepsto raise the funds required to secure it permanently.Recently, I have become a member of the VFW inTomball, and after spending many hours discussingtheir operation with their commander, I have come tounderstand that the views and priorities for their organization’s leadership truly reflects the reality of securing the funding and facilities to perform their mission. Even though they are all veterans, like manyof us, their organization receives no governmentfunds for their post to operate or for many of their scholarship or veteran’s assistance programs.The VFW knows that their facility is the lifeblood thatsupports their organization. Fundraising to have andmaintain a home post is their first priority in creatingthe foundation for its social, organizational,educational and local veteran assistance programs.Their dues remain low because they know that duescannot possibly support the cost of their home post.Their leadership knows that they have a responsibilityto continually plan and execute fundraising activitiesto maintain their facility and support their mission.Unfortunately, Delta Squadron’s approach to facilitieshas never reached the realistic approach required tomake a secure, permanent facility a reality. We haverelied upon whatever free facilities we could find andhave been at the mercy of gaining and losing the freefacilities that have been offered to us. We have notplaced a high priority on putting a fundraisingprogram in place that will get us past the formativestage of development regarding the securing of apermanent facility.
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