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)

15 December 2011

Upcoming Events

Please refer to the Upcoming Events page for newly announced events. The page can be accessed by clicking on the link on the left hand side or clicking the embedded link within this post.

12 December 2011

ES News Flash

For those of you that attended the meeting on 12/6, you'll recall that Major Schmidt had covered all of the essential information required to pass the 116 which leads you to obtaining your CAP 101 Card. By holding the 101, you'll be able to participate in SAREX activities (for the newer cadets, SAREX means Search and Rescue Exercises) and you'll have received your GES qualifications. This is the first step in participating in actual SAR activities. It's simple...the only requirements include passing the 116 test (which can be found in eServices) and holding the Curry award (cadets completing the task to hold C/Amn grade). So...head to eServices and become qualified today. Also, there is a SAREX this weekend (Dec 17th). Just think...if you had your 101...

28 November 2011

2012 Tri-Wing Encampment Staff Application Announcement

The official announcement calling for applications for cadet and senior staff positions for the 2012 Tri-Wing Encampment and RCLS. We need a great number of cadets and seniors to fill these staff positions. The 2012  Tri-Wing Encampment and RCLS.will be held on 6 July to 15 July.

Included in this is the need for two seniors and one cadet to staff the Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS) being held during the encampment.

If you have any questions, let me know.

Lt. Colonel Lierenz

(Please see your email for more specifics).

NATIONAL CADET SPECIAL ACTIVITIES (NCSAs) and SCHOLARSHIPS

Information will be posted on 1 December about how to apply for these. See www.capmembers.com/cadet_programs for more information.

TALK ABOUT THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY

-- Brandywine Squadron is having one of their former cadets who is now at the Air Force Academy come and talk about his experiences, and give information on how he got into the academy. This takes place this Monday night, 28 November at 7PM. The squadron is located at the Claymont Fire Company Substation, 1610 Naamans Road, Claymont, DE. Uniform of the day is blues. No transportation provided. Attend this with your parents if interested.

CAP 70TH ANNIVERSARY

CAP’S 70th anniversary is Thursday, December 1. There are two events you can attend.

-- Governor Markell will be signing a proclamation declaring December 1 to be Civil Air Patrol day in the state of Delaware. This event will be taking place at his downtown Wilmington office, and Col Bernfeld wants as to have cadets (and seniors) in attendance. Again, this would be something you would have to be excused from school for. We will meet at the chamber of commerce in Middletown, and leave at 8:15. Uniform is blues (white/grey for seniors).  No BDUs. You must be in proper uniform. You must have proper hair cuts. Anyone not meeting these standards will not be allowed to attend. You must have photo ID and your CAP ID. We must have an accurate list of attendees no later than this Tuesday night at the meeting. Come prepared to tell me if you are going. So if you have interest, please discuss with your parents.

-- The DANG CAP squadron is holding an open house at their new meeting location on base. They will also be commemorating the anniversary. All are invited to attend. No van or car pool will be provided. It starts at 7PM at the former Aerial Port Hangar at the Delaware Air National Guard Base, 2816 Spruance Avenue, New Castle, DE. Again CAP ID and photo ID will be required to get on base. Uniform is blues (white/grey for seniors) or nice civilian attire. Proper haircuts again a must. There may be many dignitaries there.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

This is a very important event that CAP takes part in each year to honor our fallen veterans by placing a Christmas wreath on many gravesites at veterans cemeteries across the country. Nationally, CAP considers this one of its signature events. There are TWO events this year that you can participate in.

-- Friday December 9 – One of the trucks carrying wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC is making a 90 minute stop at Middletown High School for a ceremony. If it is possible for you to take time out of school for this event, your show of support would be appreciated. I am not sure exactly what, if any, part we will play in the ceremony, but I'll let you know what I find out.

-- Saturday December 10 – This is the wreath laying event at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Bear. We will meet at the chamber of commerce at 11:00 and provide transportation. Uniform is BDUs. We need maximum participation on this. We will be attending the ceremony there and then actually laying wreaths on gravesites

03 October 2011

Bivouac 2011

What a fun (but very wet) weekend. The bivouac at Tuckahoe State Park in Queen Anne, Md. was a good time. The Cadets got to experience some team building events, a nature hike (est. 4 miles), shelter building, wilderness survival tips, and a basic compass/navigation training course (including ways to find North without a compass). In addition, we shared some pretty good stories around the campfire, hot dogs and hamburgers, and laughs even in the rain.

Keep an eye out for some pictures of the event.

21 September 2011

Uniform Exchange

All Cadets,

With the rate of new Cadets joining our squadron, uniforms are in need (Blues and BDU's). If you have any uniforms or rank insignia that you have outgrown that are still in good shape (capable of passing inspection), feel free to donate them to our new Cadets. Any item that you wish to donate can be given to Capt. Wible at which point they'll be placed in the squadron locker.

Thank you for your consideration and helping out your fellow Cadet

SM Rick Desrosiers
SAR Officer
Asst. PD Officer

12 September 2011

Website Highlights

Along the margins of this new site, you will see informational tidbits such as the upcoming meeting agendas, required uniforms, awards/promotions, and a bit of history and Aerospace Education as well as other items of interest.

As you can see, under the Agenda section, this weeks meeting (9/13/2011) we will have Character Development and Promotions and the UOTD will be Blues.

The left hand margin includes additional pages as well as some external links. The content on the secondary pages is static and does not have blogging capabilities, unlike the home page which supports blogs. There will be some additions and changes along the way as we continue to build out the website to be a useful information portal as well as a strong recruiting tool.

If you have any recommendations as to what type of content you would like to see in addition to what is already out there, please let SM Rick Desrosiers know or any other Senior member.

Thanks and enjoy !

07 September 2011

Character Development

Cadets and Parents,

Over the next few months I will be mentoring SM Suzanne Keenan as the squadron's next Character Development Instructor. We may take on a dual teaching role for a while until SM Keenan is comfortable with the CD lesson plan process. Please make sure that you show her the same RIVER that you've shown to me. Remember when the RIVER runs through what we do, everything flows!

Respect
Integrity
Volunteer Service
Excellence
Respect

Also, because I've been given a different path from the One on High, I will be remaining in the squadron at least until my newest SMs' Desrosiers and Keenan are comfortable with their new roles. I hope to be able to mentor other CDIs and PDOs as I continue to grow within Civil Air Patrol.

MAJ Sherri Lierenz

Change of Command (9/11/11)

As a reminder, on Sunday September 11th, there will be a Change of Command Ceremony located at the Air Mobility Museum adjacent to Dover AFB. The AMM is located on 1303 Heritage Road, Dover, DE. The COC starts promptly at 1400 hours and concludes at 1600 hours. Uniform of the Day will be USAF Style Blues. BDU's are not authorized. Civilian clothes are acceptable in lieu of a complete set of Blues but no shorts, t-shirts, or jeans are allowed. Basically, look good.

If you are in need of a ride, please contact Capt. Bennett via cell or email.

Welcome

Welcome to the new webpage for the Civil Air Patrol's Middletown Cadet Squadron (MER-DE-025) !!!