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)

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

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