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 the 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.
Squadrons consist of senior members, aged 21 and older, and cadets, aged 12 to 19. Throughout the program, cadets find opportunities to develop their leadership skills, discipline, character, and resilience. The program offers opportunities to participate in emergency services training, learn about aerospace, and even attend encampments or National Cadet Special Activities all across the nation.
In the cadet program, cadets learn from cadets. The more effort that is put into the program, the more there is to gain from it. Cadets gain experience operating as part of a team in a variety of situations, and as they promote, learn hands-on leadership skills by taking on positions from element leader, to flight sergeant, to cadet commander, and beyond.
Eagle Rock Composite Squadron is located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The squadron is a part of the Idaho Wing in the Rocky Mountain Region of the Civil Air Patrol.
The Eagle Rock Cadet Squadron has thrived for many years and will continue to do so with the support and participation of our members, their families, and our donors. Special thanks must go to the Elks Lodge for continually helping and supporting our squadron in countless ways.
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