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)
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 !!!
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.