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)

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).


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


-- 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’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.


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