Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron of the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol meets at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Click here to read about Challenger.
The United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol is the civilian non-profit component of the United States Air Force. Its volunteer members perform about 85 percent of all inland search and rescue, and disaster response missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue and Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Our members also take a leading role in aerospace education and administer one of America’s finest youth programs, the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.
As the auxiliary component of the United States Air Force, our members have the opportunity to interact with members of the United States Air Force; United States Air Force Reserve; and Air National Guard. All of these organizations provide outstanding support and mentoring to our cadets, giving them a complete Air Force experience.
Traditionally, squadrons of the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol have 3 core missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Emergency Services (i.e., Search and Rescue, Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Relief). Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron has a 4th mission of Cadet Honor Guard, having been adopted by the United States Air Force Honor Guard. In addition to these missions, Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron provides community support by assisting USAF Security Forces at various special events.
“Challenger One…Second to None…”
National Capital Wing Cadet Competition Champions (Combined team with Arlington Composite Squadron) – 2016, 2017, 2018
Middle East Region Cadet Competition (Combined team with Arlington Composite Squadron) – 2nd Place 2018
Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Excellence Award – 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2018, 2017-2018
Quality Cadet Unit Award – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Squadron of Merit – 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017
National Capital Wing Col Dion E. DeCamp Ground Team of the Year Award – 2015, 2016, 2017
Middle East Region Col Dion E. DeCamp Ground Team of the Year Award – 2015
National Capital Wing Aerospace Education Activity Award – 2016
National Capital Wing DDR Activity Award – 2016