6/29/2012–Laurel, MD–Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd Lt. Joni Taylor recently took command of the cadet component of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Howard Composite Squadron, relieving Cadet 2nd Lt. Julian Paul, in a ceremony held in Laurel, Md.
As cadet commander Taylor's duties will include directing cadet staff officers, serving as the liaison between the senior and cadet staffs, making personnel assignment recommendations, and establishing plans and procedures to accomplish the squadron commander’s policies.
Taylor joined Howard Composite Squadron in 2007. She served as a flight commander prior to taking command of the entire cadet component, in which capacity she intends to "develop a full, functioning ground team, hold many additional activities outside of regular squadron meetings, and prepare the current cadets to fill staff positions by growing leadership capabilities." In July, she will serve as the cadet safety officer and cadet health services officer at the 2012 Tri-Wing Encampment. This will be her fourth summer on staff, having held positions on the line and mission support staffs in previous years.
Taylor aspires to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where she hopes to obtain a commission as a U.S. Marine after majoring in international relations. She has also applied to other federal service academies and civilian universities. She is an emergency medical technician and public fire and life safety educator with the Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department in Clarksville, Md., where she educates the public about life safety in coordination with Safe Kids of Howard County.
Outgoing cadet commander Cadet 2nd Lt. Paul served in the position for three years. "Lt. Paul has done a wonderful job growing the squadron under his command," said Cadet 2nd Lt. Taylor. Squadron Commander Maj. Elza Redman noted that Paul's maturity and experience in Civil Air Patrol contributed to his successes, such as helping others develop as leaders. Paul is proud of the cadets that served under him, observing that "they think in a way that goes beyond themselves. We have very situationally aware and self-aware people."
Paul is a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, majoring in sociology with a German minor; he also manages the road cycling team. After graduation, he wants to apply the concepts he is learning in school to increase equality by enabling others and removing barriers. He also plans to continue on as a senior member in Civil Air Patrol, focusing on emergency services and cadet programs.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. 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 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Nearly 1,600 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 29 search and rescue missions and were credited with 13 finds saving three lives. Maryland Wing flew over 160 missions for the State of Maryland for a total of 2,222 hours flown. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.2 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org.
The Howard Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.