Meeting Cancelled 3/21/18

Arlington Squadron –
Due to the weather-related closure of Arlington County schools tomorrow, our squadron meeting is cancelled.  Since Spring Break follows the next week, our next squadron meeting will be on Wednesday, 4 April.
Stay safe and warm during the coming storm!
Maj Aaron R. Newman, CAP
Arlington Composite Squadron Commander

Inclimate weather policy reminder

Arlington Squadron –

With the current temperatures and the possibility of precipitation, this is a good time to remind everyone of our inclement weather policies.

1. If the Arlington County Public Schools are closed, our meeting will be cancelled on that day (as we have nowhere to meet). County announcements can be found online at

2. If schools are open, but close early, and/or if evening activities are cancelled, our meeting must also be cancelled. Announcements to that effect can be found at the web address.

Should either of the above occur, or should the squadron leadership determine that it is not safe to conduct our squadron meeting due to weather, we will announce cancellations via email and also to our squadron website.

We always want maximum participation at all of our squadron meetings and events, but safety must always come first. If you (or your parent) do not feel it is safe to come to a meeting due to the weather, then you should not come. In that event, please inform Maj Newman, Lt Col Sadauskas, and/or your cadet leadership that you will not be there so we don’t have to come find you.

We expect our members (cadets in particular) to wear the appropriate uniform of the day for our meetings and events. In the case of Air Force-style uniforms (1550 blues, BDUs/ABUs, etc.) there are CAP rules (see CAPM 39-1) about specific outerwear. Often, our members do not have that outerwear. For squadron events, if you do not have the specific outerwear for the Air Force-style uniform, IT IS ACCEPTABLE to wear civilian outerwear (coats, gloves, hats) over that uniform. That is technically a violation of CAP regulations, but again your safety comes first. (Once indoors, the civilian outerwear should be removed.)

If you have any questions, please let Maj Newman know.

No Meeting Dec 20th & 27th

As we celebrate the December holidays squadron command just wanted to send a reminder that we will not be meeting this Wednesday the 20th or the 27th. Our next meeting will be on January 3rd.

On behalf of the squadron leadership, Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you after the new year!

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 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.

The full article can be read here: