About 603


Squadron 603 has a long a storied past in Western Pennsylvania. 603 can trace its heritage back to the beginnings of World War II and the start of the Civil Air Patrol. Created by Officers of the original Pittsburgh Squadron, 603 has served the Western Part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan area for more than 60 years. Combining both Cadet and Senior Member (Adult) Squadrons into one single Composite Squadron, 603 has grown to encompass an age range of 12 to 90 and has provided a resource to the local community, State and Nation.


Since its creation, 603 has been privileged to be part of the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station in Moon Township, near the Pittsburgh International Airport. Continued support by the United States Air Force and the Pittsburgh Military Community has enabled 603 to grow into an Aerospace, Leadership and Emergency Services oriented unit. Called on to assist in natural as well as man made disasters is a primary mission of 603. The unit also contributes to the Aerospace Education of local youth and adults through Aerospace outreach programs in association with the Air Force and other Department of Defense Programs.

The Air Force and CAP have distinguished 603 with unique honors nearly every year, and we are proud that since 2005, 603 has been designated as a “Squadron of Merit” over all other Units in Pennsylvania.


The Golden Triangle Composite Squadron 603 is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s “Flagship Squadron”. With a highly active Cadet and Officer corps, Squadron 603 is the areas premier Aerospace and Leadership Program.

Cadet Membership is open to young men and women between the ages of 12 and 18, with a rolling admissions process allowing anyone interested to join immediately!