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Mount Vernon Composite Squadron (DC045) in Va.

Location: Davison Army Airfield
Britten Dr, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

Meetings: Thursdays

Squadron Commander: Lt. Col. Bill Eliason

Email: dc045@natcapwg.cap.gov

As a composite squadron, the membership focus is on cadet, cadet sponsor, and active senior members. Weekly meetings are mainly aimed at advancing cadets through the CAP Cadet Program. A separate meeting for active senior members is held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. A wing-wide aircrew meeting is also held at this location on the second Thursday of the month.

Charter Number: MAR-DC-045

The standard weekly meeting schedule is as follows. Please check the Activities Calendar for updates. Squadron events have DC045 in the title.

Thursday Activities Planned Uniform of the Day
1st Cadets Only for Physical Fitness & Training PT Gear
2nd Cadets for Leadership Training + Active Senior Member Meeting & Wing Aircrew ABU or Polo
3rd Cadets Only for Aerospace Education Training ABU
4th Cadets for Promotions & Character Development + Active Senior Member Meeting Blues (Class B)
5th TBD TBD

 


Squadron Photos

Here's an inside look at the squadron:

Cadets preparing for a glider orientation flight.
Cadets preparing for a glider orientation flight.
A group photo after a tour of an Air Force tanker aircraft.
A group photo after a tour of an Air Force tanker aircraft.
Cadets taking a physical fitness test.
Cadets taking a physical fitness test.
A Coast Guard helicopter intercepts a CAP aircraft during a training exercise.
A Coast Guard helicopter intercepts a CAP aircraft during a training exercise.
A cadet scores 100% on an online exam.
A cadet scores 100% on an online exam.
Cadets learn about ELTs.
Cadets learn about ELTs.
An aircrew flies a proficiency training flight.
An aircrew flies a proficiency training flight.


Squadron Awards

  • Quality Cadet Unit Award (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
  • National Squadron of Distinction (2014)
  • MAR Squadron of Distinction (2014)
  • Squadron of Merit (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019)
  • 1st Place Tie at National Agility Prime Cadet Competition (2020)
  • 1st Place at Wing Cadet Competition (2021)

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Squadron Commander's Bio

William T. “Bill” Eliason, Colonel, USAF (Retired), Ph.D., is the Director of the National Defense University Press and Editor in Chief of Joint Force Quarterly, the professional military journal of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and serves as an adjunct professor of Strategy at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at Ft McNair in Washington, DC. He holds the academic rank of Senior Research Fellow. Prior to arriving at NDU, Colonel Eliason served for over 30 years on active duty in a variety of operational and staff positions as a Master Air Battle Manager qualified as an aircrew member in U.S. and NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (E-3) aircraft and commander of a Control and Reporting Center (CRC). He is a graduate of every level of USAF professional military education including Class III of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. His service included duty in (or above) nearly 40 countries and at every level of command in the USAF as well as duty with Joint and NATO commands including service on the staffs at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, the Air Staff at The Pentagon, Seventh Air Force in Korea and the United States Joint Forces Command.

Colonel Eliason completed his military career on the faculty and Director of the Joint Advanced Warfighting School at the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College while simultaneously earning his doctorate in international studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He served as the second leader of the school during an intense period of growth and expanding positive impact on the Joint Force. One of the USAF’s leading strategists, decorated combat squadron commander and theater campaign planner, he was hand-picked to lead a campaign assessment team to Kabul, Afghanistan where he worked directly for the ISAF Commander to refine the command’s approach to that conflict. While clearly an Airman at heart, Dr. Eliason brings a wealth of U.S. Air Force, Joint, Combined, and Interagency experience and contacts as well as a professor’s inside view of joint professional military education to his position. His academic interests lie in history and international relations with his specific focus on U.S. leadership in nuclear arms control agreements and non-proliferation. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s graduate Security Studies Program and a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol, the USAF Auxiliary, currently serving as Commander, Mount Vernon Composite Squadron, National Capital Wing and is a fully qualified Mission Pilot.

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