Welcome to the website of the West Houston S.A.B.R.E. Squadron, one of the busiest flying squadrons in Texas Wing of Civil Air Patrol (CAP), an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. S.A.B.R.E. is home to some of the finest men and women in Texas. These are true volunteer professionals, more than willing to give of themselves to help our fellow citizens in times of great tragedy, provide additional eyes in the home skies — protecting our nation, and assist with the development of young Americans.
S.A.B.R.E. Squadron was founded in 2003 at West Houston Airport by Lt Col Brian Childs (call sign "Jumper") with a small group of 8 dedicated aviation professionals. S.A.B.R.E. then grew to over 60 members; large enough for some members to split off and form the Hobby Composite Squadron which now meets at Hobby Airport in Houston. Today, S.A.B.R.E. maintains a membership of around 30 flying and non-flying professionals involved with both flight and ground operations duties, plus administrative and operations support.
Members of S.A.B.R.E. have participated in a variety of important missions, including the search for remnants of the Space Shuttle Columbia, providing aerial reconnaissance platforms for the State of Texas following Hurricanes Rita and Ike, and conducting aerial surveillance during wildfire seasons. Select members are eligible for other missions directly related to the security of America, working closely with the Air Force and the Department of Homeland Security.
From providing pilot training and orientation flights to CAP Cadets and Air Force JROTC and ROTC students, to flying hundreds of hours assisting with disaster recovery, to providing assistance to those charged with protecting the security of America our members take our motto "Facta non verba" — "Deeds, not words" — quite seriously. We pride ourselves on being thoroughly trained, proficient in our skills, and ready to respond at a moment's notice when called.
My vision for S.A.B.R.E. is that we will be the most professional, best trained, and best managed squadron in the Civil Air Patrol. To accomplish that vision will require a great deal of dedication from each member — something that is an expectation of membership. Being a member of our squadron requires more than just showing up on Thursday nights for our weekly meeting. It requires constant study, constant training in specialty tracks and mission related duties. It requires a willingness to spend long hours in often unpleasant conditions, sleep on gym floors or cots, go without a shower for a couple of days, dine on MREs, and all the while maintain our high level of professionalism. It requires a desire to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves, something which serves the people of Houston, Texas, and the United States in time of need.
If you think you can cut it — if you're one of those who don't join an organization unless it challenges you — if you're one of those who has a burning desire to serve others, even at great personal cost, I challenge you to join the professionals of the West Houston S.A.B.R.E. Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force, as we perform missions for America.