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)

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/