Arlington Composite Squadron celebrates the Civil Air Patrol 75th Anniversary

(the oldest and youngest squadron member open the CAP cookies)

The Civil Air Patrol celebrated its 75th anniversary last Thursday, Dec 1st since being formally established by Administrative Order 9 in 1941. This year has seen many events celebrating three quarters of a century of dedicated CAP volunteer service to this nation and its defense, but it wasn’t until the day itself (or the Wednesday before) that the magnitude of the history hit our home squadron DC-026 in Arlington, VA.

Taking a break from our regularly scheduled squadron activities we spent the meeting celebrating our proud service by making merry with our friends and fellow members. Our squadron commander, Maj Newman, delivered a short exposition on the history of CAP, its contributions to the nation, and its continued growth. All in all, we are proud of the organization we are a part of and look forward to continuing to serve and watching it grow in the future.

Today, a week later, we remember the “day which will live in infamy.” Just six days after Civil Air Patrol was formed, the naval base in Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese fighter aircraft. An active, available coastal patrol had never been so important. The members of Civil Air Patrol served their country to the best of their abilities in the midst of the second World War and continue to serve today in a changing world.

“Semper Vigilans”

by C/1st Lt L. Lennon

Arlington cadets learn character development


Chaplin Strickland begins the character development discussion with the Arlington Composite Squadron Cadets. 

The Civil Air Patrol Character Development Program is a non-sectarian curriculum presented by the Chaplin Corps and used in the CAP Cadet Program to help cadets grasp the relevance of morals and ethics in all aspects of their public and private life. It seeks to develop the skill of examining their present values and decision making processes. Values addressed in the curriculum are based upon the historic, universal values commonly recognized by ethical philosophers, and religious traditions throughout the centuries.

Arlington Composite Squadron Receives 2015-2016 CAP Quality Cadet Unit Award

QCUA 2016 LogoFor the fifth consecutive year, the Arlington Composite Squadron has received the CAP Quality Cadet Unit Award (QCUA).  This award acknowledges our squadron’s cadet participation, growth, and advancement over the past year.  The 2015-2016 QCUA reflects great credit upon all the members of our squadron:  the cadets who live the program every day, the senior members helping to administer the cadet program, and all of our members who interact with, guide, and learn from our cadets on a regular basis.  We also acknowledge and congratulate the other units receiving the QCUA, both in and out of the National Capital Wing.

Arlington cadets participate in CAP to Air Force presentation

CAP presents painting to SECAF

CAP presents painting to SECAF

U.S. Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein (left), Air Force Chief of Staff, and Deborah James, Secretary of the Air Force, applaud after being presented Rick Broome’s air intercept painting, “Total Force Partners.” At right is Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP national commander, who made the presentation. Assisting from Arlington Squadron are Cadets O. Colgrove and D. Colgrove.

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Arlington cadets learn team leadership

Arlington Composite Squadron cadets participated in a team building exercise called “A Star is born.” (Learning to Lead Activities Book: Team Leadership Problem #3) The objective: use a roll of toilet paper to form a circle of cadets and then make a 5-sided star design without tearing the paper. Additionally, cadets could only speak once during the exercise. Cadets in all grades learned valuable lessons on teamwork, communication, and leadership.