The 399th Composite Squadron in Danbury has surpassed 100 Cadets, Making the Squadron one of the 10 largest cadet composition squadrons in the United States
Danbury CT- The 399th Composite Squadron in Danbury surpassed a milestone event this week, when the squadron surpassed the 100 cadet mark. According to data provided by Civil Air Patrol this puts the Danbury Squadron in the top 10 squadrons in terms of size. The squadrons rapid growth has been largely attributed to the organization and structure of the new training program. Instead of having cadets trickle in to the squadron, they have 2 training classes per year. Open enrollment months are September and February. Graduation for the training classes are 15 weeks later.
The Danbury cadets upon graduation will have reached the grade of Cadet Airman. They will be trained in Leadership, Aerospace fundamentals and Emergency Services. Most of the cadets in the training class will have flown one of Connecticut Wings airplanes, under the direction of a qualified pilot.
The squadron is divided into 5 flights, Alpha Flight runs the day to day operation of the squadron, including public affairs, admin, safety, operations. Bravo Flight is focused on Emergency Services training for 15 weeks, this cycle they are working on Universal Direction Finding (UDF) Team qualifications. Charlie Flight is the Aerospace Flight, working on their model rocketry badges. Delta and Echo Flights are the training Flights where the cadets are oriented to the program and the requirements.
The program is cadet run, with cadet staff as well as a color guard, bugler and drum corp. There are plans to expand this to a cadet marching band.
In addition to the cadet program, the squadron also offers opportunities for adults to volunteer in their community. Adult member have open enrollment and may join at any time.
At present the membership is at 103 Cadet members with 19 Adult Members. For more information about the 399th go to www.399th.org or visit them Tuesday 6:15 PM at the Armed Forces Reserve Center 90 Wooster Heights Danbury, CT
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP's 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.comfor more information.