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Carroll squadron earns Unit Citation Award

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Following the awards ceremony, Col. Jerry Weiss swears in three new Carroll Composite Squadron cadets at the Armory in Westminster, Md. (Photo credit: C/CMSgt Zuleyma Ruiz, CAP)

Cited for service to Maryland Air National Guard

4/12/2010––The Carroll Composite Squadron, part of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing, was recently awarded a national Unit Citation Award for exceptional service to the Maryland Air National Guard for the past three years. The award was presented April 6 during a ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Westminster, Md.

Col. Jerry Weiss, commander of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing, presented the award to Capt. Brenda Reed, Carroll squadron commander, and added the Unit Citation streamer to the squadron’s guidon, held by the squadron’s cadet 1st Sgt. Joe Mack.

Lt. Col. Bill Parris, commander of the wing’s Group 2 of which Carroll squadron is part, read the citation during formation to members, family, and friends who had gathered for the ceremony. Lt. Col. Christian Ready, former Carroll squadron commander and former Group 2 commander, assisted with the ceremony.

Over the past three years the Carroll Composite Squadron has led the Wing in both days and hours served by logging in more than 2,200 hours of service the Maryland Air National Guard for cook details.

Maryland Air National Guard personnel have frequently been deployed overseas leaving a shortage of staff to cook, serve, and clean up at the monthly drill meetings at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, Md. The Civil Air Patrol squadrons have volunteered to assist the Guard, supplementing the cook teams the regularly serve more than 700 military members on any given day.

In addition to cook details, Civil Air Patrol members help with the annual Easter egg hunts, Family Days, Chiefs 5K Run, retirement and change of command ceremonies, and other events where CAP assistance allows ANG members to enjoy the event with their families. Members of the Maryland Wing have stepped in for over seven years to fill in when needed with cadets providing the core of these details, working side by side with Guard personnel to get the job done.

The Maryland Air National Guard gives back to the Maryland Wing over and above what the squadrons contribute with their assistance during the Civil Air Patrol annual cadet encampment at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Md. As an added benefit, Civil Air Patrol cadets learn firsthand from our local military members about service to their community, state, and nation.

Cadets in the Carroll Composite Squadron eagerly sign up for their turn to work with the Guard.  Enthusiasm always runs high on detail days as cadets get an early start out of Westminster to get to the base and start work.  At the end of the day, when all the troops are fed, the dining hall cleaned, and the trash taken out, the Carroll Composite Squadron members return back to Westminster knowing they have fulfilled a need by serving those who serve us.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.

More than 1,500 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 42 search and rescue missions and were credited with 31 finds. For more information, visit www.mdcap.org

The Carroll Composite Squadron meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at the National Guard Armory on Hahn Road in Westminster, Md., and is open to anyone aged 12 through adult. For more information, visit the squadron website at www.carrollcap.org or contact Capt. Brenda Reed, squadron commander, at breed@mdcap.org.