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286TH COMPOSITE SQUADRON
GLR-IL-286

Civil Air Patrol \ Illinois Wing \ Group 1

1ST LT. Paul Depper
618-334-6835
mpdepper123@hotmail.com

Meeting Location:
St. Louis Regional Airport - Hanger 11
(Administration Building)
Bethalto, Illinois

Meeting Day: Mondays

Time: 1830 (6:30 PM) to 2100 (9:00 PM)

Maps to Squadron HQ

Latitude: 38-53.42 N
Longitude: 90-02.76 W

UTM 15-07-55-375E  X  43-08-464 N

 

 

Squadron Motto:

"ABOVE ALL HONOR"


- Emergency Services \ Search & Rescue -

The 286th. had the #1 Ground Search & Rescue Team in Illinois Wing for may years.

We won the Great Lakes Region SAR Competition in 1990

We traveled all over the State of Illinois for Missions (Real & Practice).


- Emergency Services \ Disaster Relief -

The 286th. assisted during several separate years of Winter time flooding in Woodriver, Illinois during the 1980's.

Members of the 286th. worked an extensive amount of hours during the Great Flood of 1993 and the Flood of 1995 in the Alton, Illinois area.


286th. Composite Squadron (GLR-IL-286)

was awarded a Unit Citation in 1987.


Our Squadron worked many Fly-In's and Airshows in Illinois & Missouri.


We were in numerous parades all over southern Illinois.

floats, Marching, and Color guard.


The 286th. provided the Color guard for the opening ceremony 

at the new Clark Bridge in Alton, Illinois over the Mississippi River.


The Piasa Cadet Squadron (11286) was chartered in October 1978

then became the 286th. Composite Squadron (GLR-IL-286) in 1984


Current Squadron Commander:

1ST LT. Paul Depper 2012-Present

Former Squadron Commanders:

Capt. Clarissa Mouw 2010-2012
Capt. James Cox 2008-2010
 MAJ. Michael F. Thompson 2005-2008
 Maj. David Felber 2000-2005
 Maj. Ted E. Lohr 1995-2000
 1LT. Chad Corliss 1995-1995
 MAJ. Susan Sitton 1994-1995
 Lt Col. Lawrence O. "Larry" Sitton 1978-1994
 

Both patches were designed by Lt Col.. Larry Sitton
First Patch Current Patch

Heraldry

  • The HORSE stands for ground support and mobility

  • The LIGHTENING BOLT is for our swiftness in action

  • The EMBLEM is of the Civil Air Patrol

  • The BLUE field is the skies in which we fly

  • The BLACK of night is our usual call to aid

  • The WHITE is the Spirit which encompasses all

  • ABOVE ALL, HONOR is the Way we choose to live

    History
    "The 286th Composite Squadron was chartered in October 1977. It quickly gained a reputation as one of the Illinois Wing's top ground teams. Over the course of years, it was noticed that over 95 percent of actual missions that they were called upon were during the hours of darkness. Hence, they were dubbed 'the Black Knights' for they never failed to respond to a call for help. The patch was designed by the squadron's commander and founder, Captain Lawrence O 'Larry' Sitton, and approved by Illinois Wing Commander, Col Mel Kristmann, in May 1985. The reputation of the squadron grew and the meaning of 'A Black Knight' took on an added dimension. It came to symbolize the character traits the squadron tries to instill in its cadets: TRUTH, HONESTY, keeping ones WORD, HELPFULNESS, and ABOVE ALL... HONOR."

    "In 1994, the words 'ABOVE ALL... HONOR' became the squadron motto and were added to the unit patch."

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