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Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Welcome to Simi Valley Challenger Composite Squadron 1986!

Updated: 1/28/2021


All SQ1986 Command Staff wish each of you a safe and joyous Holiday Season and New Year!

**Squadron 1986 will be closed in celebrations of the holidays December 27, 2021- January 3rd, 2022. We return on January 10th, 2022.


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 Dear Civil Air Patrol Families,

In the light of the Coronavirus situation, Civil Air Patrol Squadron 1986 needs to take precautions to protect our members while staying prepared to support our Nation.  As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions and/or concerns. Thank you.

Very Respectfully,

Dave Berro, Commander


Maryland Wing, joined with Virginia Wing, hosted 2 virtual TLC Intermediate Courses from 2-8 May, 2020. These 2 courses graduated 50 students from 5 regions and six wings. In these courses, 3 of our Squadron staff attended. Lt. Colonel Luce, Major Striker and Captain Berro.



I came across this story by a member of my old Squadron in Maryland, Maj., Marty Sacks. As I knew both members and flown with them, i can atest to Major Sacks professionalism, safety, and dedication. Please enjoy the story. ~Maj. Striker



Kudos to our color guard for an outstanding performance at the gala!


ARRIVAL OF THE COLORS—At left, Isaiah Chavaz, left, Ava Dieutto, Sasha Patibandla, Elka Barragan and Mark Winkle, members of the Simi Valley Civil Air Patrol Squadron 1986 Color Guard, post the colors during the eighth annual For The Troops Military Tribute Gala on Feb. 22 at the Reagan Library.  With over 500 in attendance, the event included dinner, music, live and silent auctions, a raffle and a tribute to the Troops.



He called June 14th the flag’s birthday. Stony Hill School is now a historical site. 

President Woodrow Wilson issued the Flad Day proclamation on May 30, 1916.

President Harry Truman later signed Flag Day's permanent observance into law in 1949. 


Here's how to properly display your flag:

The flag isn’t a costume: Thinking about doing a DIY outfit to show your patriotism? According to U.S. flag code, no part of the flag should be used as sportswear or costume. Instead, opt for a patch or a lapel flag pin, which should be worn over your heart.

Keep it lit: Flags should be displayed from sunrise to sunset on buildings and flagpoles. If you’re feeling extra patriotic, you can fly the flag 24-hours a day if the flag is properly illuminated. According to the American Legion, proper lighting means the flag is illuminated so it is easily recognizable by others.

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On January 28th, 1986, the NASA shuttle orbiter mission STS-51-L and the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, taking the lives of all seven crew memebers, which consisted of four NASA astronauts and two payload specialists and one school teacher. Today marks the 33rd Anniversary of the this tragedy, as we remember Capt. Michael J. Smith,  Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik and Ellison Onizuka.

 Challenger flight 51 l crew     Challenger flight 51 l mission patch




xmas 2017