We enjoy a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades. In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.

After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force. Three primary mission areas were set forth at that time: aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. (Source: Civil Air Patrol)

01 August 2017

Former MCS Cadet Closing out BCT

Former MCS Cadet and Cadet Commander, C/Col Justin Desrosiers, is closing out the final days of BCT. Having arrived on 29 JUN 17, also know as I-Day, at the United States Air Force Academy, Cadet Desrosiers began the first day of Basic Cadet Training (BCT). BCT is broken into Beast 1 and Beast 2. 

The first phase is to prepare cadets for military life and life at the USAFA by immersing them into marching, customs & courtesies, military bearing, room inspections, PT, etc. The second phase takes place at Jack's Valley. It is here where cadets partake in the obstacle course, assault course, confidence course, leadership reaction course, CATM, and CBRNE (going through the gas chamber).

Here are a few pictures taken over the last 5+ weeks. BCT officially ends on 5 AUG 17.

Clothing issues #2 (1st Beast)

Running between obstacles at the Obstacle Course (2nd Beast)

Catching a breather at the Obstacle Course (2nd Beast)

Walking out of the Gas Chamber (2nd Beast)

Setting up Tent City at Jack's Valley (2nd Beast)

Completing an obstacle on the Obstacle Course (2nd Beast)
 

12 May 2017

Cadet Appointed to the USAFA

Congratulations to C/Col Justin Desrosiers on his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. C/Col Desrosiers, a Spaatz Cadet, was appointed by Senator Tom Carper on 28 APR 17. C/Col Desrosiers becomes the third consecutive Cadet Commander of the Middletown Cadet Squadron to be appointment to the USAFA. 

We wish him the very best as he embarks on this new journey and joins the finest Air Force in the world and also joins his fellow MCS cadets.

Photo Courtesy of the USAFA

C/Col Justin Desrosiers