“Integrity, Excellence, Respect, Volunteer Service”… These are the core values that our members live by…
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 for more About US Challenger:Boilerplate Sept 2017
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…”
1st Lt Bebe Finkenstaedt – Commander & Public Affairs Officer
Lt Col Caleb Nimmo, USAF – Testing Officer & Safety Officer
Maj Timothy Thornton – Advisor to the Commander
Ch, Maj Donald Ehrke – Chaplain & Advisor
1st Lt Jake Aytes – Communications Officer
Lt Col Richard Cooper – Aerospace Education Officer & Logistics Officer
1st Lt Mike Dechert – Character Development Instructor
Capt John Fornshell, Phd – Asst. AE Officer & Finance Officer
2d Lt Cindy Halim – Supplies, Finance & Asst. Testing Officer
1st Lt Elizabeth Haynes – Congressional Gold Medal Awardee/Historian
Lt Col Caleb Nimmo, USAF – Testing Officer & Emergency Services Officer
Capt Sam Steiman – Asst. AE Officer, Wind Tunnel Project
SM Ray Kirk – Asst. Safety Officer