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)

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

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