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Come Pay Us a Visit (but please follow these instructions)

We encourage you to visit our squadron meetings!  Please come see what we're all about.  Meet the people and learn about Civil Air Patrol and the Springfield Composite Squadron.  Who knows, you might even decide you want to join us!  (We hope you do!)

That having been said, here's the complicated part of coming to see us....  Please don't let this scare you off.  Just follow the instructions (they're easy, really) and your visit will be a breeze!

We meet every Wednesday from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM at the Illinois Air National Guard Base, 3101 J. David Jones Parkway, Springfield, Illinois.  This is an active military base!  Keep that in mind at all times!

Before you become a card-carrying member of CAP, in order to gain entrance to the base, you need to call or e-mail at least one day in advance either:

  • 1Lt Lori VanMeter, Squadron CommanderThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Captain Nina Rossini, Deputy Commander for Cadets, 217-280-0648, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

and let us know:

  • who is calling,
  • that you are either a prospective adult officer member or you are the parent or guardian of a prospective cadet,
  • the date of the meeting you plan to attend,
  • your (and your cadet's) full name including full middle name

Be absolutely sure that when you arrive at the security checkpoint, you have all of the following ready to present to the guard at the gate, all of which must be current and not expired:

  • your driver's license,
  • your vehicle registration,
  • your proof of automobile insurance for the automobile you are driving

If you fail to call, you run the risk of being turned away from the base by security personnel if they cannot find your name on the base entry list.  Also be aware that the guards do perform random searches of vehicles and occupants, and that the searches can occur either on the way into the base or on the way out.  If you have anything of even questionable legality in your automobile, remove it before coming onto the base!