Realizing that the principles of the C.A.P.
were to far from the place they could be obtained, efforts were made to
move close to the airport. In January 1954, through the fine efforts of
Col. Dewey W. Swicegood, the city of Danville erected a masonry block
hanger at the Danville airport. At last the Danville Squadron had a
"home" of its own. With its roots finally planted, it began to grow and
has continued to do so ever since.
Since moving into the quarters in 1954,
the members have spent many extra nights remodeling, renovating, and
designing to change the building to suit its needs. Cinderblock offices
were constructed to house the staff officers and records. A large
classroom that will seat sixty was provided for instructional purposes.
Also a room was provided for a link trainer and communication purposes.
Operation was set up in a separate room over the front of the hanger for
quick accessibility from the flight line. A shower room was constructed
and equipped with hot water.
The Danville Squadron is commanded by
Major E. Paul Rembold, who assumed the duties of C.O. in 1952. Major
Rembold is a war veteran, who gained valuable aviation experience as a
Naval Aviation Instructor during the war. He also has done patrol flying
during the war with the C.A.P. and has logged well over 5,000 hours, as
a commercial and instruction pilot. Under the capable guidance of Major
Rembold, the Danville Squadron has made its greatest progress.
The squadron could not have a better
group of officers and senior members. Currently, the staff consist of
three medical doctors, three chaplains, and men and women from all walks
of life. The cadets and senior members are receiving excellent training
in the classroom under the direction of certified school teachers and
instructors. All instruments of instruction are used; such as: training
films, link trainer instruction, and actual demonstration in the class.
To prove the training program is a success, one can look at the records
and find that ten cadets have been rewarded certificates of proficiency,
twenty cadets have been issued first aid cards and ten cadets have
earned their observer wings. Three of the cadet officers are private
Participation by the senior and cadet
members has always been good in any activity connected with the squadron
or wing activities. The squadron averages each year having ten members
attend summer encampment at Langley Air Force Base. One of the cadet
officers, Cadet Lt. Neal Howard was chosen to participate in the
international cadet exchange program and toured the dominion of Canada
Squadron's PA-12 over the Virginia country side.
The local unit has an "on loan" L-16-B
aircraft and a PA-12 of its own. Aircraft at the field has been placed
at the disposal of the unit in the event of an emergency. The city
secured a fire engine which is housed in a garage a joining the
quarters, and a trained C.A.P. unit to man it. They have made emergency
runs on several occasions. Two ground rescue teams stand by to assist
the local authorities in event of an emergency. The well equipped
headquarters has served on many occasions when emergencies has arisen,
and the squadron has served as host to the Navy, Air Force, and C.A.P.
personnel in need of sleeping quarters.
All of the activities are not strictly
military though; often the personnel has dances, parties or blowouts for
their families and friends: and a spirit of friendliness and fellowship
The Civil Air Patrol is uppermost in the
minds of all. Literature is distributed to the schools and clubs of our
city and each year the squadron prepares an exhibit at the local fair.
One year the link trainer was moved to the fairgrounds and demonstration
"flights" were given to interested persons.
During the state wide S.A.R.C.A.P. in
November, the squadron was host to many CAP'ers from all over the state:
even adverse weather conditions didn't keep them at home. Danville
Squadron was proud to be host. We, of the Danville Squadron, would like
to use this publication to extend to all CAP'ers a cordial invitation to
visit with us any Thursday night and weekend. Drop by the local field
when in this area and we will do our best to make you feel welcome.