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)

12 May 2017

Cadet Appointed to the USAFA

Congratulations to C/Col Justin Desrosiers on his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. C/Col Desrosiers, a Spaatz Cadet, was appointed by Senator Tom Carper on 28 APR 17. C/Col Desrosiers becomes the third consecutive Cadet Commander of the Middletown Cadet Squadron to be appointment to the USAFA. 

We wish him the very best as he embarks on this new journey and joins the finest Air Force in the world and also joins his fellow MCS cadets.

Photo Courtesy of the USAFA

C/Col Justin Desrosiers

Change of Command

On Tuesday, 9 MAY 17, the Middletown Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol entered a new phase of leadership. The squadron held a Change of Command ceremony to officially welcome in the new leadership team.

We welcome C/Major Jessalyn Lierenz as the new Cadet Commander and C/CMSgt Noure Sydney as her Deputy Commander. We also want to thank our outgoing Cadet Commander C/Colonel Justin Desrosiers for his tenure as commander and we certainly wish him well as he embarks on his new journey at the United States Air Force Academy.

Left to Right: C/CMSgt Sydney, C/Col Desrosiers, Captain Desrosiers, C/Maj Lierenz, C/CMSgt Ketner, and C/CMSgt Pedraza.

28 February 2017

2017 Tri-Wing Encampment

Encampment Registration


    Student Applications Open: 1 Mar 2017 to 1 Jun 2017
    Senior Cadre Applications Open: Now to 1 Jun 2017
    All Application Materials DUE: 11 Jun 2017


Below are step by step instructions to completing an application for the Tri-Wing Encampment. Please READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS prior to beginning the registration form. Your application is not complete until all steps have been followed. Please contact the Personnel Officer using the Contact Us Page with any questions.

Step 1 Registration Form: The registration form is the first step in securing a position at Encampment. Please select the correct form from the pull-down menu under the Registration Tab. The Student Application is for first-time applicants. Those serving on staff should select either Cadet Cadre Application or Senior Cadre Application. All applicants should get an e-mailed copy of their form upon submission. Please keep a copy for your records.

Step 2 Supplemental Materials: THIS STEP IS FOR CADRE APPLICANTS ONLY. STUDENT APPLICANTS SHOULD MOVE TO STEP 3. Cadet Cadre Applicants need to submit a Letter of Intent, Resume, and Letter of Recommendation. Specific details on criteria for these materials are published on the Cadet Cadre Application Page. Senior Cadre Applicants need to submit a Letter of Intent and Resume. All cadre applicants send these materials to the Encampment Commander at cp@mdcap.org.

Step 3 Payment: The Payment Page can be found on the pull-down menu under the Registration Tab. Applicants can pay using PayPal or via check, or can apply for financial assistance using the Cadet Encampment Assistance Program (CEAP). Those applying for CEAP should not submit payment unless they receive notice their CEAP application was denied. Cost and payment submission details are on the Payment Page.

Step 4 Required Forms, Insurance Card and Immunization Record: There are 3 required forms all applicants must submit. The Required Forms Page can be found on the pull-down menu under the Registration Tab.  All applicants must complete TWE Form 200, TWE Form 201, and TWE Form 202. Please note that TWE Form 200 MUST be signed by a squadron commander for members from DC, DE or MD, and by a squadron commander AND wing commander for members outside these 3 wings. Squadron commanders should be contacted to assist in obtaining wing commander approval.

Applicants UNDER 18 also need to submit a copy of their insurance card and immunization record. Those who do not have insurance or who have chosen not to have immunizations should submit a letter of explanation signed by a parent/ legal guardian. This is so that the TWE staff knows the application is not incomplete. Instructions for submitting these materials are on the Required Forms Page.

Step 5 Confirmation:  Applicants should expect an e-mail within 1 week of submitting ALL required items (application, payment, and all required supplemental form) if all are submitted online.  If an applicant chooses to submit payment or forms via mail, it may take several weeks to confirm receipt. In the meantime, applicants can check the status of their application using the Application Status Page under the Registration Tab. Please contact the Personnel Officer (details under Contact Us Page) if you have questions.

25 January 2017

Service Academy Information Night

U.S. Senator Tom Carper is hosting the 16th Annual U.S. Service Academy Information Night on Wednesday, 22 FEB 17, from 1800 to 2000 in the Education and Technology Building on the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical Community College in Dover.

The event is open to middle and high school students, their families, and teachers and school counselors.

16th Annual U.S. Service Academy Information Night

Representatives of the following service academies and other military organizations:
• 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

22 FEB 17 - 1800 to 2000

Terry Campus of Delaware Technical Community College (Education and Technology Building), 100 Campus Drive Dover, DE 19904