Dutchess County Nighthawks
uality Cadet Unit Award Winner 2012 - 2013, 2015-2016
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 Senior members 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.
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.
Wreaths Across America
Join us on Saturday, December 17th, 2016 to remember and honor veterans laid to rest in the St. Denis Cemetery in East Fishkill through the wreaths that are sponsored through our squadron.
In 2013, with the help of thousands of individuals and corporate sponsors and volunteers, 540,000 wreaths were donated and placed at over 900 participating locations.
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
Miles of Hope Saturday, April 17, 2016
When we lay wreaths on veterans' graves, we say their name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. It's a small act that goes a long way toward keeping the memory of our veterans alive. We are not here to “decorate graves." We're here to remember not their deaths, but their lives. —Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America