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)

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