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 February 2016

Cadets Earn OTY Awards

Each year, DEWG recognizes members with "Of the Year" awards, as we do in our squadron. I would like to congratulate all of this years winners. These members are dedicated individuals who have shown outstanding service to their squadrons, DEWG, and to CAP.

I would like to also point out that two of these winners are from the Middletown Cadet Squadron !

Let's congratulate C/Lt Col Michael McLaughlin and C/Capt Justin Desrosiers for winning the DEWG OTY awards in their respective categories. C/Lt Col McLaughlin has won 'Cadet of the Year' and C/Capt Desrosiers won the 'Junior Officer of the Year'. A job well done, and well deserved. The competition for these awards are extremely high, as DEWG has many outstanding cadets.

C/Lt Col McLaughlin

C/Capt Desrosiers

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