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Winn assumes command of Upper Montgomery Composite Squadron

Winn accepts guidon from Garnice
Capt. Lucas Winn accepts the Upper Montgomery Composite Squadron guidon from Lt. Col. Rory Garnice, Group 1 commander during the change of command ceremony.

4/15/2017––On March 21, 2017, Capt. Lucas Winn accepted command of Civil Air Patrol’s Upper Montgomery Composite Squadron from Maj. Justin Holloway during a change of command ceremony held at Neelsville Middle School. The Upper Montgomery squadron is a unit in the Maryland Wing.

The evening’s events opened with the squadrons color guard, commanded by Cadet Technical Sgt. Joseph Ripple, posting the colors. Color guard members included Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Jonathan Yue, Cadet Technical Sgt. Rosenzweig and Cadet Airman Wood. Presiding over the evening’s ceremony was Lt. Col. Rory Garnice, commander of Maryland Wing’s Group 1, along Garnice’s deputy commander, Maj. Stephen Weinhold, and Lt. Jae Hwang, deputy commander of the Montgomery County Police Department. Hwang is also a captain in the United States Army Reserve. Many friends and family were in audience including Capt. Winn’s wife, Angela-Lee Winn, and their daughter, Hannah.

Winn has an extensive background in Civil Air Patrol and has been in the program for 10 years having held multiple positions in CAP. Some of these positions include aerospace education officer, cadet programs officer, and squadron activities officer. Winn is very prepared for his new position as squadron commander with some of his immediate goals for the squadron including ensuring the success of the cadet program through training and activities.

The evening concluded with refreshments provided by the members and families of the cadets. This provided a time for the squadron and guests to interact with each other and to take photos along with celebrating the arrival of the new squadron commander. It was a time to look to the future, anticipating the moments and opportunities to come.

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 Upper Montgomery Squadron meets every Thursday from 7-9:00 p.m. at Neelsville Middle School, 11700 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD.