The Central California Valley Squadron (CCVS) was established in 1986 by two local residents: Eddie Enriquez and Robert (Bob Lewis). At that time invitations were sent out to Modesto residents and the local newspaper, The Modesto Bee, ran an article about the Commemorative Air Force and this newly formed squadron in Modesto.
The "kick-off" was held in a Modesto restaurant "Monaco's" with standing room only watching a film on the history of the Commemorative Air Force. It was then the Central California Valley Squadron was born. The squadron originally met at a Hangar in Oakdale then moved to the Modesto City County Airport in 2000 and into its current in hangar in 2004.
The CCVS is a Unit within the Commemorative Air Force. The CAF headquarters is based in Dallas Texas. It is an all -volunteer non-profit 501(c)3) organization., with 87 units throughout the United States and abroad.
The mission of the CAF is to "Educate, Inspire and Honor through flight and living history experiences."
The CCVS has a board of the following Unit Staff Officers, Unit Leader, Executive Officer, Adjutant, Finance Officer, Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, Safety Officer, Education Officer and Developmental Officer. The Staff meets monthly and quarterly holds a general membership meeting.
The CCVS Hangar is open to the public on the second Saturday of each month for the "Second Saturday Pancake" breakfast, and the fourth Saturday of each month for a hamburger & hot dog lunch. Other special events open to the public; the annual crab feed, the biggest fundraiser of the year, held every January on the fourth Saturday, quarterly membership meetings and many other activities.
The CCVS participates in various community events and the hangar has become a gathering place for members of the community.
Membership in the squadron is open to all men and women at least 18 years of age. You do not need to be a pilot or veteran to join. Annual dues are $200 for National CAF Dues; local unit dues are $35. You must be a national member in order to be a member of any unit within the CAF.