TX-413 NIGHTHAWK COMPOSITE SQDN
The patch of Nighthawk Composite Squadron dates back to 1997 when the squadron was known as Denton Fighter Composite Squadron. In the mid-1990’s the squadron, as many others have, experienced a severe low point: the squadron had dwindled down to less than seven total members. In an effort to revitalize the squadron, an intensive membership drive brought in dozens of new members – both senior members and cadets. The new members worked to bring a new face to the unit.
The senior members charged the cadets to choose a new name for the squadron and design the first squadron patch. The cadets chose to rename Denton Fighter Composite Squadron after the most advanced fighter of that time, the F-117 Nighthawk. The cadets then, as a whole, developed Nighthawk Composite Squadron’s first patch.
As a squadron patch, the disk shape was chosen. As Nighthawk CS was becoming an emergency services focused unit, the cadets chose to focus the symbolism of the patch on the emergency services mission. The background colors of blue and green symbolize the ES operations in the air and on the ground. The state of Texas with the Texas flag identifies the home of the squadron, as does the silhouette of the airplane flying over North Central Texas.
The eagle has multiple meanings: the eagle represents our nation and CAP’s role as a national organization, the eagle supporting the state of Texas represents our duty of serving our home, and the wings spread surrounding the state is reminiscent of the emblem of the Air Force Rescue services with an angel’s wings surrounding the globe.
The new squadron’s motto “EYES OVER TEXAS” is embroidered across the top of the disc over the state, and the squadron’s primary mission “EMERGENCY SERVICES” is embroidered across the bottom of the disc over the eagle. The squadron’s new name “NIGHTHAWK” is embroidered across the top rocker of the disc, and the squadron’s charter number “TX413” is embroidered across the bottom rocker of the disc.
When the squadron ordered more patches from a new vendor in the late 2000’s, the new vendor was unable to reproduce the silhouette of the airplane. The current patch retains the symbolism and heritage of the development of Nighthawk Composite Squadron.
My deepest thanks to Capt Seth Hudson from the Nighthawk Composite Squadron (and recently promoted to SWR Historian) for his contributions and assistance!!