Dutchess County Nighthawks
Quality Cadet Unit Award Winner 2012 - 2013, 2015-2016, 2016-2017
Aerospace Excellence Award (AEX) 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2015,
Through its Cadet Program, Civil Air Patrol has been transforming youth into responsible citizens since 1942. The Dutchess County Cadet Squadron (NY-159), also known as the Dutchess County Nighthawks, is home to a very vibrant and active cadet program for youth, aged 12 through 20, with Officers and parents that work hard to bring the best to our cadets.
We are located at the Dutchess County Airport and we meet on Mondays, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Check out our calendar to see what is going on and come and visit us.
For more information on what the CAP Cadet Program is all about take a look at Who We Are and What We Do.
Wreaths Across America
Join us on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 to remember and honor over 700 veterans laid to rest in the St. Denis Cemetery in East Fishkill through the wreaths that are sponsored through our squadron.
In 2016, volunteers laid over 1.2 million memorial wreaths at over 1200 locations in the United States and beyond with help from over 2800 fundraising groups, corporate contributions, and donations of trucking, shipping, and thousands of helping hands.
The fundraising program through Wreaths Across America™ enables wreaths to be placed on individual graves in cemeteries all over the United States, as well as 24 offshore cemeteries, including Normandy Beach, in a nationwide remembrance ceremony to honor our veterans
The O-Flight Program Motto: Safe, Fun, Educational The cadet orientation flight program shares with cadets the thrill of flying. Every CAP cadet under age 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single-engine Cessna), five flights in a glider aircraft, and an unlimited number of backseat flights when conditions allow. Flying is always free for cadets.