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.

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Civil Air Patrol Kicks Off 75th Anniversary Celebration

CAP 75th Anniversary ImgOn Thursday, 25 February 2016, the leadership of the Civil Air Patrol held a reception that kicked off a year celebration of the 75th birthday of the Civil Air Patrol organization.  While the CAP was actually created on 1 December 1941, the Board of Governors felt that it was an event that required an entire year to honor.

Formed six days before the beginning of World War II, the organization brought together concerned private aviators who wanted to support their country in some way.  The organization was originally the aviation branch of the national civil defense effort.

The Arlington Composite Squadron will join with its fellow 1700+ Civil Air Patrol units to celebrate this historic time.