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


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.

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