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)

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.