Aviation came to Manassas in 1931 with the opening of a landing
strip along what is now Route 234. The growth of the city compelled the move to
the airport to its present location in 1964.
The Virginia Wing in World War II made key contributions to the common cause. CAP activity in our area can be traced back to the activation of the
Manassas Senior Squadron on September 10, 1957. Nelson
"Pete" Jackson, a retired Air Force colonel, became the unit's first
commander. Charter 45041 was granted in January, 1958
Old Manassas Airport, 1930s
CAP Air And Ground, 1950s Style
The Dulles Cadet Squadron (45043) dated from the 1960s. On February 9,
1968, it was re-designated as the Dulles Composite Squadron and issued a new
charter 45102. The unit moved to Manassas Regional Airport four years later, and
became the Manassas Composite Squadron on February 8, 1972.
Finally, the unit became the Prince William Composite Squadron on August
Five PWCS Commanders
(L-R) Dick Hague (1978-85), BT Marking (1985-88),
Bob Frye (1988-91), Bob Houston (1991-93), Wayne Jackson (1993-96)
remarkable gathering took place at Manassas Airport when Capt Jackson assumed
command on June 5, 1993.
In the early 1980s, PWCS was part of a grouping called "Task
Force VI." This included our sister squadrons in Winchester and
Fredericksburg, and bygone squadrons in Herndon, Front Royal, and
Orange. In 1983, Task Force VI merged with units in the Shenandoah Valley to
form the new Group II. In 1985, the Northern Virginia squadrons were formed into
Group III which, with some new units and some deactivations, has continued to
the present day. In 2003, Group III was enlarged to include two squadrons in the
Shenandoah Valley to our west.
Composite Squadron remained the largest unit in the Virginia Wing in 2004, boasting a
large complement of pilots and ground personnel qualified for emergency
services. Our cadet program remained strong, with 49 young people in uniform at year's end.
||Col Larry Toigo, PWCS Commander (1997-2000)
the Iowa Wing in the early 1990s.
His work as an airline pilot later brought
him to our area.
||Maj John Schumacher
COMMANDERS OF 45102
Dulles Composite Squadron
|1st Lt Albert W. Kenney
|Lt Col C.L. Caldwell
1968 - 1971
|1st Lt William E. Greet
Manassas Composite Squadron
|Capt William E. Greet
|Maj Ralph H. Yost
1974 - 1978
|Maj Stanley R.
Prince William Composite Squadron
|Maj Stanley R.
|Maj Brady T. Marking
1985 - 1988
1988 - 1991
1991 - 1993
|Capt Wayne K. Jackson
1993 - 1996
|Capt Allen C. Jaques
1996 - 1997
|Col Lawrence D.
1997 - 2000
|Maj John J. Schumacher
2001 - 2002
|Capt Scott N. Hutchinson
2002 - 2005
|Maj James Covel
2005 - 2009
|Capt Nelson B. Alcalde
2009 - Present