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Flanick named Mt. Airy’s Air Force Association Outstanding Cadet of the Year for 2016

Buzzard and Flanick pose with certificate
Cadet 2nd Lt. Daniel Flanick of the Mt. Airy Composite Squadron is presented the Air Force Association's Outstanding Cadet of the Year award by his squadron commander, Lt. Col. Raymond Buzzard. (Photo credit: 2nd Lt. Patti Messick, CAP)

Continues family tradition of service

3/13/2017––Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd Lt. Daniel Flanick has been named the 2016 recipient of the Air Force Association’s Outstanding Cadet of the Year for Mt. Airy Composite Squadron, a unit in the Maryland Wing during a ceremony held on March 2 at the Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Daniel Flanick, the squadron’s cadet commander, was presented the award by Lt. Col. Ray Buzzard, squadron commander. The Flanick family has a long history with Civil Air Patrol and has lent the program several iconic examples of outstanding leadership. Daniel is the youngest in this line of exemplary cadets and the last of this generation. The family has been a staunch pillar within the Mt. Airy Composite Squadron for many years and the squadron has benefitted immensely by their participation and example.

The squadron commander may nominate any candidate in the CAP cadet program who has displayed superior performance during the year. The AFA is very supportive of cadet accomplishments and provides an award package that includes a silver medal, a sky-blue ribbon and a certificate.

Cadet Flanick ‘s memorable service includes holding the position of flight leader in charge of training new cadets, honor guard and drill team, hosting aerospace rocket launching events, assisting with teaching and earning his rocketry badge. Flanick became cadet commander in February 2016 and has done an impressive job of bridging the differences between the old guard and the new. He earned his Mitchell Award in July 2016.

Flanick is a stellar embodiment of the Civil Air Patrol core values; integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect. He has demonstrated his ability to command with professionalism that far exceeds his youth. He is capable of embracing change, working toward greater goals and he has the ability to treat all people equally, without prejudice, and bring out the best in everyone.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

The Mount Airy Composite Squadron meets at 7:00 p.m. Thursdays at the Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mt Airy, Md. If esprit de corps, camaraderie, and leadership are part of your vocabulary, we welcome you to join us. If you have a passion for aviation, are considering a career in the military, or want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills, this is for you. Youths, ages 12 to 18, and parents are always welcome to drop in. For more information about Mt. Airy Composite Squadron, contact Lt. Col. Ray Buzzard at cap12ram@gmail.com.