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)

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