About Us

“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 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 One…Second to None…”

Unit Awards:

  • AFA CyberPatriot Competition All Services Division, Silver Tier – State Round: 1st Place Virginia, Semi-final round qualifiers
  • National Capital Wing Cadet Competition Champions (Combined team with Arlington Composite Squadron) – 2016, 2017, 2018, (Challenger 1) 2019
  • 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