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)

09 June 2013

MCS Participates in DEWG/MDWG/NATCAP Combined SAREX

Cadets and Senior Members of the Middletown Cadet Squadron participated in a joint SAREX with their peers from the Delaware, Maryland, and National Capital Wings of the Civil Air Patrol. Members got to train in multiple areas of CAP's Emergency Services capabilities revolving around Search and Rescue. Areas like Flightline Marshalling, Ground Team activities, and Aircrew sortie activities spanned the two day period as teams worked out of Maryland and West Virginia.

Flightline Marshalling Training at Potomac Airpark (W35) in West Virginia (L-R: C/Amn Eklund, C/SrA Given, C/SSgt Lierenz, C/A1C Bowman, 1st Lt Given)