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 2012

Wreaths Across America

A big thank you for all those that made today possible. Today's event was a display of respect and patriotism. A day when we pay respect and thank the fallen men and women of our Armed Forces. I hope you took the opportunity to not only lay a wreath this afternoon, but to also say a "thank you" as you laid that wreath upon the grave of a protector. We must remember that freedom is never free, it comes with sacrifice. So, make sure you take time to thank our veterans.  

Wreath Laid This Afternoon

MCS Cadets

Lt Col Lierenz

C/MSgt Desrosiers & C/Amn Bowman

The Patriot Guard

C/Capt DeLissio

CAP/Veterans/ANG Members
C/SrA Lierenz (Playing Taps during WAA Ceremony)

07 December 2012

One this day, December 7th...

...let us remember the men and women of Pearl Harbor, HI. Today is National Remembrance Day, as we look back and pay tribute to those that perished on December 7, 1941.

05 December 2012


It is that time again to start considering and applying for the National Cadet Special Activities.

For a listing of NCSA's for 2013, follow this link: http://ncsas.com/

For more information regarding the application process and important dates, please see below.
December 1, 2012 12:00 AM - January 16, 2013 12:00 AM
You can begin to apply for summer national activities on 1 December and you have until 15 January to apply to be in the initial slotting.
January 16, 2013 12:00 AM - February 15, 2013 5:00 PM
Commanders should see Approvals Pending in their Commander's Dashboard in eServices. Units must approve members before the Wing can.
March 15, 2013 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Members will receive an automated email stating they have been accepted for an activity or they are on the Alternate List. Those that are accepted will have until 15 April to pay for the activity. By 15 April, those that are accepted to an activity will be contacted by the event staff with directions for where to mail the application signed for parental consent and liability waiver.
April 15, 2013 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
NHQ must have your payment by this date. Alternate slotting will begin the following day and any slot that has not been paid for will be offered to someone on the waiting list. 

30 November 2012

Happy 71st Anniversary CAP !

A note from the National Commander...

Dear CAP Officers, NCOs and Cadets,

Congratulations to the members of Civil Air Patrol on the occasion of our 71st anniversary. CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, less than a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to America’s involvement in World War II. Members of CAP’s Coastal Patrol quickly proved their worth during the war by conducting aerial patrols that discouraged and eventually stopped deadly German U-boat attacks on shipping in American waterways.

At this time of the year, we are always reminded of the sacrifices of these early CAP pioneers, whose extraordinary contributions to America represent CAP’s proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community. That legacy still thrives today through each of you, the more than 61,000 citizen volunteers of Civil Air Patrol.

Over the past seven-plus decades, CAP has evolved into a world-class public service organization of everyday heroes – pilots, technology experts, communicators, chaplains, teachers, youth mentors and others – who provide emergency services, search and rescue, aerospace education and youth programs. You make a profound difference in your communities, helping save lives and mentoring the next generation of America’s leaders.

Thank you for your contributions to CAP’s 71 years of service.

Always vigilant!

Major General, CAP
National Commandeer

16 November 2012

"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends."

                                                                                           -Ralph Waldo Emerson

As a reminder, there will be no meeting on 20 NOV 12. Use this time to be thankful for the blessings you have received. Enjoy food, family, friends, football and camaraderie. See you all on 27 NOV 12.

08 November 2012

DEWG Participates in Sandy's Aftermath

After Sandy had pulled out of the region, the Civil Air Patrol was on the move. Working with FEMA on aerial photography missions, DEWG hosted a combined mission with other squadrons across the Middle East Region as well as coordinating efforts with the Northeast Region. DEWG hosted the Command Post at our HQ located at ILG, where planes and aircrew from across the region operated from. Aircrews flew sorties and collected thousands of pictures from all across NJ/NY and other affected areas. Our own 2d Lt Desrosiers flew with the aircrew from the VAWG and took nearly 1,200 images.

FEMA has been extremely appreciative of CAP and recognizes the commitment we have to our communities. Please remember that the area is still hard hit and struggling to gain basic necessities, some still without power. If you have any ability to assist, organizations such as the red Cross have set up stations in the area as well as the ability to take online donations.

Area of the New Jersey Shore
The above image was taken from a CAP aircrew in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

For more information, please visit: http://www.capvolunteernow.com/highprofile_missions/hurricanes/2012__hurricane_sandy/

16 October 2012

MIddletown Cadet Squadron Host Open House

Civil Air Patrol looking for Recruits
An auxiliary of the Air Force since 1948, the Civil Air Patrol is focused around three humanitarian missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services. Activities in Aerospace Education includes educating new members and the community. Cadet Programs revolves around developing the next generation of aerospace pioneers, building leaders of the future, and volunteerism. And, the Emergency Services program includes conducting inland search & rescues and working with homeland security.
Youths 12 to 21 are taught the importance of serving their community, respecting one another, leadership, physical fitness, self-disciple and teamwork. Cadets also get the experience of flying in one of CAP's aircraft, participate in a one week long basic training experience held at a military installation, build and launch rockets, and earn awards/grade by progressing through the program. Now, for some more good news...any adult over 21 interested can also become a member. Similar programs are available to adults as well, including CAP’s Professional Development.
Any youths/seniors interested in becoming part of this amazing experience should look into attending an Open House hosted by the Middletown Cadet Squadron on the 23rd of October at 7:00pm. The Open House will be located at the VFW Post 3792 - Sgt William Lloyd Nelson, 5695 Summit Bridge Road, Townsend, DE. There will be members on hand to answer all your questions, in addition to conducting their monthly awards/promotions ceremony. Stop by and visit with the cadets and senior staff to see what adventures await you. 

Please send any questions to middletown.cap025@yahoo.com

05 October 2012

Aerospace Education Excellence Award

A note from our Commander:

"I am happy to announce that our AEX award arrived today. We'll be presenting it at our upcoming open house on 23 OCT 12. My thanks and congratulations to Capt Jack Bryant in leading the charge in getting this award. My thanks also to the Wing AE team for encouraging us to do so."  - Lt Col J. Lierenz

Below is a picture of our award


27 September 2012

Wreaths Accross America

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. WAA's mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies on a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. This years event at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Bear, DE will be held on December 15th.

Anybody willing to sponsor a wreath can do so by ordering through a member of our local squadron, or by using the online format via this link: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/store/ then clicking on the Sponsor a Wreath tab. 

Please use DECAP025 as the group ID and DEVMBE as the location. Thank you  for your continued support.

18 September 2012

Happy Birthday USAF

Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. military to be formed, and is the largest and most technologically advanced air force in the world. 

Happy 65th Birthday USAF - from the members of Civil Air Patrol's Middletown Cadet Squadron.

12 September 2012

Quality Cadet Unit Award

Middletown Cadet Squadron earns the Quality Cadet Unit Award for 2012. 

Congratulations goes out to all members for making this possible. This is a big achievement and should be appreciated by all. This goes to show how hard work and effort can truly be rewarded. Keep up the great work and lets make this a standing tradition and part of MCS's yearly goals. Great job to all !

For more information about the award, please visit:

Honoring the Victims

Where were you, September 11th, 2001, and what will you do to remember the victims and the families of 9/11?

Feel free to post and share your story. 

02 September 2012

National Conference

Seniors members and cadets from Middletown converged in Baltimore, Maryland to attend the Civil Air Patrols National Conference. Below is a picture of attendees that drove in the squadrons van. Other attendees transported via POV. It was a great experience and enjoyed by all. Make plans to attend the conference next year in Denver, Colorado.

Left to right: Captain Bryant, C/Amn Bou-Abboud, C/AB Reisinger, C/SrA Bou-Abboud, C/TSgt Desrosiers, C/SSgt McLaughlin, 2d Lt Desrosiers. Not pictured: Lt Col J. Lierenz, Lt Col S. Lierenz, 2d Lt Keenan, and C/A1C Keenan

Wreaths Across America Event

This past weekend, seniors members and cadets set up at Rommel Harley Davidson in Smyrna, Delaware to sell wreaths and raise money for Wreaths Across America, The squadron was able to sell one wreath and collect $177.00 in donations. Great Job. In addition, Lt Col S. Lierenz and 2d Lt Desrosiers cooked over 500 hamburgers and 400 hot dogs to feed the hungry masses. Lt Col J. Lierenz and SM Desrosiers wrapped the 900+ food items and prepared them for the estimated 700 guest. 

A special thanks to 1Lt Given, SM Major, and all of the cadets who interfaced with the public to collect the donations, a job well done !

2d Lt Desrosiers flipping hamburgers

Lt Col S. Lierenz cooking up hotdogs

29 August 2012

Kansas Wing's Winter Encampment

Kansas Wing Training Group Encampment: December 26th 2012 – Jan 2nd 2013

For more information regarding the Kansas Wing's Winter Encampment, please refer to the URL below.

Non-staff (basic first time) cadets planning to attend need to apply by 1 Nov 2012. Cost this year is $130 for Cadets and $110 for Senior Members. Any applications received after 1 Nov will incur an increased registration fee of $150. Any application received after 30 Nov will not be included on the MSA and will not fly. If you are a senior member interested in helping out, please contact us! Kansas Wing Encampment accepts applications from any CAP member regardless of home wing or squadron. Space may be limited this year so apply early to guarantee your spot at this wonderful event. 

Last year’s events included:
  • NRA Certified Rifle Shooting (most cadets earn their NRA marksmanship badge)
  • Obstacle Course
  • KC-135 Orientation Ride
  • Black Hawk Orientation

23 August 2012

New Garden Air Show

Make plans to attend the 41st Annual New Garden Air Show on August 25th & 26th.

Aircraft scheduled to be present include: 
  • P-51 
  • B-25 
  • C-47 
  • AT-6 
  • PT-19 
  • PT-17 
  • L2-L5 

The airfield is located at the New Garden Airport, just south of Longwood Gardens in Toughkenamon, PA. Tickets can be purchased online at a $2 discount. 

If you attend...please take some pictures !

23 June 2012


A handful of cadets and senior members braved the 100 degree heat on 22 JUN 12 to tour several facilities on Dover Air Force Base in Dover, DE. The tour included visits to the 436th Airlift Wing's Air Traffic Control Tower which consisted of the Radar Room, Simulation Room, the Upper Tower, and then a quick walk on the 9th floor catwalk. In addition to the ATC tower, the tour included a visit to the AMC Museum, The Dining Facility, the tarmac to tour a C-17, and eventually a detailed tour of the C-5 ISO Dock where we walked on top of the wings of a C-5 from wing tip to wing tip.

(C/SSgt Desrosiers, C/SrA Major, C/Amn Rariegh, C/SrA Sargeni, C/AB Reisinger)
We hope to have some more pictures in the near future, but we'll need those to be released by the 436th Airlift Wing's Public Affairs Office.

Here is one photo that was released by Public Affairs.

Members of MER-DE-025 touring a C-17 Globemaster III

12 June 2012

Landscaping & Clean-Up

To the cadets and seniors that participated in the landscaping clean-up at the Chambers -- thank you !!! The grounds look really good.

21 May 2012

SAREX - 19 MAY 12

On Saturday 19 MAY 12, members of the Delaware Wing participated in the monthly SAREX training. Aircrews and Ground Teams coordinated efforts to locate ELT's that were placed within New Castle and Kent Counties. DEWG teams successfully completed the mission. The next two scheduled SAREX's will be continued training for the USAF Evaluation in August. If you are interested in participating, complete all the required tasks (see 2d Lt Desrosiers or 2d Lt Given).

Aircrew searching for ELT (MO Lt Col Lierenz, MS 2d Lt Desrosiers)

Aircrew searching for ELT (MO Lt Col Lierenz, MS 2d Lt Desrosiers)

06 May 2012

2012 Rocket Launch

Great showing by the cadets of the MCS and some fantastic rocket launches.

MCS Cadets

30 April 2012

Squadron Patches Now Available

We are glad to announce that starting 1 MAY 12, squadron patches will be available for purchase for $3.00 each. Buy as many as you like, proceeds from the sales benefit the squadron.

CAP - Middletown Cadet Squadron

15 April 2012

Now...That Was Pretty Neat

14 Cadets and Senior Members participated in a tour on 15 APR 12 of the Air Traffic Control Tower at Dover AFB, DE. The tour included a visit to the Radar Room where members interacted with USAF ATC Technicians  during a Q&A session and got to see "blips" on the screens of the local airspace. In addition, a visit to the towers top to see controllers handling an inbound C5 Galaxy was also pretty cool. A great landing by the way...

A special thanks goes out to the USAF and the team at DAFB !!!

03 April 2012

2012 Delaware Wing Banquet

A big thanks to all of you that showed up to the 2012 Delaware Wing Banquet held at The Landings located on Dover AFB this past Saturday night. It was a wonder event and Middletown came away with a few awards. Congratulations to Lt Col John Lierenz and Lt Col Sherri Lierenz for winning awards. And for those cadets that got the honor of meeting aviation pioneer, Mary Feik, cherish that moment.

C/SrA Desrosiers with Mary Feik

10 February 2012

Service Academy Information Night

Senator Carper is hosting the 11th Annual Service Academy Information Night on 23 FEB 12 at the Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus in Dover. This is a great opportunity for cadets and parents who are interested in learning about the service academy's and ROTC programs. It starts promptly at 6:00pm with opening comments by Senator Carper followed by breakout sessions between 6:30pm and 8:00pm. Representatives will be on hand from the military academy's to answer your questions. Uniforms are optional to this event as it is not a sponsored CAP event, but if you choose to wear your uniform, no BDU's. Transportation is not provided by the squadron.

08 February 2012

2012 Tri-Wing Encampment

2012 Tri-Wing Encampment, 7 - 15 July 2012 at Camp Fretterd in Reisterstown, Maryland
Region Cadet Leadership School, 8 - 15 July 2012 at Camp Fretterd in Reisterstown, Maryland

Cost:1st Time Basic Delaware Cadets - $115*
Repeat Cadets and Cadet Staff - $140
RCLS Cadets - $140

*Basic Cadet Applications are at a reduced cost do to funding available in the 2012 Delaware Wing Cadet Program budget for encampment scholarships.
Encampment is the most significant, worthwhile training experience in a CAP cadet's career. It is a week-long basic training program and is required for the General Billy Mitchell Award. Encampment is designed to develop a greater understanding of CAP and Air Force missions and capabilities, personal and team leadership, and teamwork.

Check out the 2011 Tri-Wing Encampment Facebook page for pictures and information about last year's Encampment life. Also check out the 2012 Tri-Wing Encampment Website.

We are now accepting applications for cadet basics. The first step is to complete the application form found under the Registration at the Tri-Wing website.http://triwing.eastoncap.org/applybasic.php

Upon receipt, applicants will receive instructions for additional forms and payment which will need to be completed and returned prior to arrival. Cadet Basics must have attained the grade of Cadet Airman (Curry Achievement) prior to submitting an application. The deadline for applications for cadet basics is May 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM EDT. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. (NOTE: In previous years, the encampment had a waiting list due to the high number of applications - it is highly encouraged to send in your application early.)

Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS) will be taking place 8-15 July (starting one day later than encampment) at Camp Fretterd. Detailed information on this event will be sent separately.

07 February 2012

TLC Course

Recently, three Senior Members of the Middletown Cadet Squadron completed the Training Leaders of Cadets (TLC) course at the Delaware Air National Guard base located in New Castle. Students in the course spent Friday evening and most of Saturday absorbing a ton of great information. Congratulations to Lt Colonel Sherri Lierenz, 2nd Lieutenants Desrosiers and Keenan for completing the course, and to Lt Colonel John Lierenz for participating as an instructor. Below is a picture of the graduating class representing multiple squadrons in the Delaware Wing as well as one visiting member from the New Jersey Wing..

06 February 2012

ILC Dover Visit

A big thanks to the cadets and senior members who showed up to the informational presentation held at the AMC Museum located at Dover Air Force Base on February 5, 2012. It was a good time and we learned a lot about the space suit program and its history.

26 January 2012

Open House

Please join us at our Open House on January 31, 2012 between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Learn all about the Civil Air Patrol first hand from our adult leaders and the cadets of the Middletown Cadet Squadron. Feel free to visit with us and ask our cadets what it is like to be a cadet, a proud member of the United States Air Force Auxiliary. CAP is looking for both adults and youths (12-18) to experience an incredible opportunity.

We will be located at the VFW Post 3792 in Townsend, DE (5695 Summit Bridge Road)

The Open House has also been mentioned in the Middletown Transcript - http://www.middletowntranscript.com/topstories/x690034653/Civil-Air-Patrol-seeking-cadets

We look forward to seeing you there.

20 January 2012

For Upcoming Events...

...Please click the Upcoming Events link on the left-side navigation pane for any upcoming events.

SAREX - Rescheduled

The SAREX that was scheduled for 21 JAN 12 has been moved to 28 JAN 12. The rescheduling is due to a 70% chance of precipitation as well as a temprary flight restriction (TFR) over Wilmington between 1230 - 1430.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes avaialble.

17 January 2012

IMPORTANT: Meeting for January 17, 2012

The meeting for tonight will be located at the Delaware State Police Aviation building located at the Summit Airport. The meeting starts promptly at 7pm and will most likely commence by 8:30pm. It is imperative that arrival be as close to 7pm as possible as we'll be entering a gated area which requires access. The uniform for this meeting will be BDU's.

Please contact Capt. Bennett should you have any questions at hoverlover2000@msn.com

02 January 2012

Welcome to 2012 !

It is now 2012.

Let us look forward to meeting the goals that have been laid out for us entering 2012.