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

07 February 2016

Cadets Enjoy O'Flights

On Saturday, 6 FEB 16, six Middletown Cadet Squadron cadets got to do some flying on a beautiful February morning. The following cadets got to experience the thrill of flight and even took control of the Cessna 172 aircraft once airborne.

It was a great time by all, especially the parents who watch their cadets smile from ear-to-ear. A shout out goes to Major Phil Oyerly for flying the cadets around, and to KEVY for putting up with us giddy parents all day.

C/Amn Ketzner taking control
C/Amn Dietrich ready to go !
 
C/A1C Hamm posing prior to takeoff
C/Amn Dietrich gearing up
C/SMSgt Desrosiers just a tad chilly

No smiles here. Left to right: C/Amn Ketzner, C/A1C Sydney, and Major Oyerly

C/Amn Ketzner and C/A1C Sydney performing pre-flight inspections

Great shot of the C&D Canal (photo courtesy: C/Amn Ketzner)
 
C/Amn Ketzner

Fuel checks by C/Amn Ketzner and C/A1C Sydney

Heading out

Left to right: C/Amn Ketzner, C/SMSgt Desrosiers, and C/A1C Hamm

Yeah, I'm not happy at all

Major Oyerly and C/SMSgt Desrosiers

Yippeeeeeeeee