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)

31 December 2014

Happy New Year !

From the staff of MCS, have a wonderful and prosperous New Year as we welcome in 2015.

15 December 2014

Wreaths Across America

Thank you to all that volunteered to be part of this special event. This year, we placed just under 1,000 wreaths at the Delaware Memorial Veteran Cemetery. A job well done, next year let's shoot for 12,000 !!!

Whether you sponsored wreaths, solicited the sponsorship of wreaths, unloaded the trucks, were part of the wreath/veteran escorts, wonderfully played "Taps", or stood in formation....you all played an important part on a very important day.

C/Capt McLaughlin (Photo courtesy of Lt Col Hotchkiss)

C/Capt McLaughlin (Photo courtesy of Lt Col Hotchkiss)

C/1st Lt Desrosiers (Photo courtesy of Lt Col Hotchkiss)
C/1st Lt Desrosiers (Photo courtesy of Lt Col Hotchkiss)
C/Capt McLaughlin, C/1st Desrosiers, C/Maj Gilgenast (photo courtesy of Lt Col Boyer)

11 December 2014

Civil Air Patrol receives the Congressional Gold Medal

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate presented a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of members of the Civil Air Patrol whose valor and dedication saved countless lives during World War II.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took part in the bipartisan, bicameral ceremony. 

A tradition dating back to the American Revolution, the Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor the United States Congress can bestow.   Pursuant to S. 309, enacted on May 30, 2014, a single medal has been struck to honor collectively the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol in recognition of their military service and exemplary record.  Founded just six days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Civil Air Patrol – which was comprised of civilian volunteer pilot and aviators – logged 500,000 flying hours during World War II, performing such duties as sinking U-Boats and saving crash victims.  On May 26, 1948, the Civil Air Patrol officially became an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
The ceremony took place on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol, Washington, DC.

(Source: capgoldmedal.com)

The Candy Bomber

After World War II, Germany was divided among the countries that won the war against Germany. The Soviet Union (now known as Russia) took control of the eastern half of Germany and the western half was divided among the Allied Forces of the USA, Great Britain, and France.

 Beginning June 1948, Russia built blockades and would not let food and supplies reach the city of Berlin, Germany. More than two million people were hungry. The United States sent pilots to help fly food and supplies into Berlin. One day while he was in Berlin, Col Halvorsen saw a group of young children at the end of the runway. They were watching planes landing and taking off. 

The children were hungry, but they did not complain nor beg for anything. Uncle Wiggly Wings (Col Halvorsen) reached in his pocket and found he had two sticks of gum. “How do you share two sticks of gum with all these children?” he asked himself. 

Col Halvorsen gave the two sticks of gum to the group of children. And, amazingly, the children tore the gum into enough pieces for every child to have a small taste or smell. There was no arguing or fighting. There were only smiles of joy at having even a small piece to savor. Seeing how thrilled the children were over the gum, Uncle Wiggly Wings promised to bring them candy the next time he came. He said he would drop it to them from his plane. There were many airplanes that passed over their city carrying supplies every day. “How will we know your plane?”asked a young girl. “I will wiggle my wings,”replied Uncle Wiggly Wings. 

The next day as Col Halvorsen flew over Berlin he wiggled the wings of his plane to let the children know that he was going to drop candy to them. Then, he dropped many small parachutes made from handkerchiefs, each bearing sweet treats. Soon letters addressed to “Uncle Wiggly Wings” began to arrive with children requesting candy drops in other areas of the city. “Operation Little Vittles” had begun. 

To help Uncle Wiggly Wings with “Operation Little Vittles,” candy was shared by fellow airmen and sent by schoolchildren from across America. Candy manufacturers also donated candy by the boxcar load. In May of 1949, the highway blockade ended, and the airlift delivering supplies ended in September. The efforts of Uncle Wiggly Wings will be remembered because of his love and concern for others. He had a true humanitarian spirit.

Left to Right: Col Gail Halvorsen (USAF), C/1st Lt Justin Desrosiers

(Source: CAP Members: http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/Uncle_Wiggly_Halvorsen_Story_LR_E5143D25300A3.pdf)

28 October 2014

CAP NHQ offers 50% off Commemorative Pavers

All commemorative paver orders will be 50% off original prices during the month of November!

A wonderful gift idea as we head for Veteran’s Day and the holiday season!  A personalized, commemorative brick paver is an excellent way to recognize a devoted career, to honor service, or acknowledge the dedication of spouses, family members, and others committed to supporting Civil Air Patrol. 

Call to order 334-953-7748 ext. 236 or visit our website http://tinyurl.com/l2anyyx.

03 September 2014

Initial Journey Complete...

Our former Cadet Commander, C/Capt Christopher Mahoney, has successfully completed the Basic Cadet Training phase of his entry into the United States Air Force Academy. C/Capt Mahoney had to endure a wide range of military training, educational programs, and physical fitness during BCT...from Inprocessing Day all the way to Acceptance Day.

Congratulations Cadet Mahoney. Best of luck in your upcoming classes. MCS is proud of you.

Top Photo: Inprocessing Day. Bottom Photo: Acceptance Day

25 May 2014

MCS Cadets and Seniors Remember the Fallen

Cadets and Senior members from MCS spent Saturday morning placing American Flags on the headstones of fallen our veterans at four local cemeteries. Members removed old tattered flags and replaced them with new ones. They also searched all the grave sites to find heroes that may have been forgotten and placed flags at their headstones. Upon completion of each location, a salute was presented to our heroes.

Thank you to all that participated, it was an honor and the true reason we celebrate memorial Day.

MCS Color Guard Participates in "Delaware Goes to War"

Cadets from MCS's Color Guard Team participated in the opening ceremonies and provided the presentation of the colors at the new "Delaware Goes to War" exhibit at the new museum located at the old Chambers of Commerce on Broad Street in Middletown, DE.

The members included riflemen C/2d Lt Justin Desrosiers and C/A1C Kevin O'Shaughnessy. The flag bearers were C/1st Lt Michael McLaughlin and C/CMSgt Jessalyn Lierenz.

08 May 2014

MCS Welcomes New Cadet Commander

Middletown Cadet Squadron welcomes its new Cadet Commander C/1st Lt Michael McLaughlin. He takes over for USAFA-bound former Cadet Commander C/1st Lt Christopher Mahoney. We want to thank C/1st Lt Mahoney for his leadership and dedication during his command and wish him well at the Academy.

C/1st Lt Michael McLaughlin

16 April 2014

MCS's Newest Cadet Officer

On Tuesday, 15 APR 14, C/2d Lt Justin Desrosiers was presented the Billy Mitchell Award for obtaining the rank of C/2d Lt. The Mitchell Award is the transition for a cadet into the officer ranks. Job well done Lieutenant !!!

26 March 2014

Building Time...

Cadets from Middletown Cadet Squadron spent time building rockets for a future launch. Building these rockets is part of the Aerospace Education and Rocketry Programs within the Civil Air Patrol.

26 February 2014

Cadet Movie Night

Cadets and Seniors from the Middletown Cadet Squadron (along with guest) spent time watching a movie. On 25 FEB 14, members enjoyed a relaxing night and broke away from the normal meeting structure to watch Disney's Planes and enjoyed some snacks during the show. Definitely something we'll be sure to do again.


07 February 2014

Military Services Academy NIght

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) will host the 13th Annual U.S. Service Academy Information Night for Delaware middle and high school students, along with their families, teachers and school counselors on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Education and Technology Building on the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical Community College in Dover. Sen. Carper will begin the program with a few remarks at 6:00 p.m., followed by informational breakout sessions from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

You may wear your Class A uniform (no BDUs, flight suits or knit shirts)

13th Annual U.S. Service Academy Information Night
Sen. Carper will be joined by representatives from the service academies and other military organizations. Participants include:
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • United States Military Academy
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • Delaware National Guard
  • Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC program
February 19, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m.
Terry Campus of Delaware Technical Community College (Education and Technology Building), 100 Campus Drive Dover, DE 19904

03 February 2014

We Have a Winner...

C/MSgt Jessalyn Lierenz took first place in the state of Delaware's Patriot Pen competition. Her essay beat out submissions throughout the entire state and now puts her amongst the best in the nation. Way to go !!!

C/MSgt Jessalyn Lierenz

Setting Goals and Living Dreams...

Congratulations to Middletown Cadet Squadrons own C/1st Lt Christopher Mahoney. On 26 JUN 14, C/1st Lt Mahoney will be fulfilling his goal of attending the United States Air Force Academy. This proves that working hard, setting priorities, and maintaining focus on the end goal makes all things possible. 

All of the MCS Staff and Cadets are so proud of our Cadet Commander and wish him only the best as he embarks on the next chapter in his life. Great job Cadet.

C/1st Lt Christopher Z. Mahoney (USAFA Appointee Class of 2018)

Cadets Test Effective Communication

On Tuesday, cadets participated in an activity that tested the need for effective and efficient communications. The cadets had to overcome challenges and exhibit communication skills using only one method while working with and communicating to a fellow cadet using another form of communication. 

In this activity, the cadets were stranded on an island after crashing their plane with each person sustaining injuries. One cadet was only able to verbally communicate with no use of visualization. Their peer could only communicate visually, with no verbalization. 

Working together, the cadets had to construct a water containment system in under 10 minutes.

18 January 2014

MCS adds 3 new Officers

Christopher Mahoney, Michael McLaughlin and Francis Wilson were each presented with the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award by Middletown Cadet Squadron Commander Lt. Col. John Lierenz and (Ret.) Maj. Gen. Francis Ianni during a special ceremony on 12 NOV 13.

Receipt of the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award marks the end of the enlisted phase of the cadet program and their promotion to Cadet 2nd Lieutenant. To obtain the award, the cadets had to complete the first eight achievements of the cadet program, pass physical fitness assessments and pass a comprehensive, 100-question exam covering leadership theory, aerospace and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) regulations