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)

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) !!!