We are one of the largest cadet squadrons in California Wing, with over 70 active cadet members. Squadron 36 in its present form came into existence in 1968 after the San Jose Composite Squadron 36 divided into two units; San Jose Search and Rescue (which exists to this day as Squadron 80) and the John J. Montgomery Memorial Cadet Squadron 36.
Much of our unit’s early history has largely been lost to time, though rededicated efforts are currently underway to discover our origins and unit experiences. The squadron has, however, been able to locate sporadic bits of history to include the fact that former cadet Jason Dahl, the captain of United Flight 93 and forever associated with September 11, 2001, was a former Squadron 36 cadet.
Squadron 36 has continued to produce several members for the armed forces academies, to include one young lady that has garnered much press in recent years with her accomplishments as an Air Force pilot (Kim Campbell [Reed].) Further, Squadron 36 has been honored several times in its history as a Squadron of the Year at various CAP levels and, of course, has produced many cadet recipients of milestone awards including the Spaatz Award (former Cadet Steven Stanton: Spaatz Award #504, awarded Headquarters Civil Air Patrol on March 2, 1979.)