6/29/2012–Middle River, MD–Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing cadets from the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron participated in the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge in May, during their normal physical training night at the Martin State Airport in Middle River, Md.
The physical fitness challenge is a test of muscular and cardiovascular strength and endurance as well as overall flexibility. Exercises include push-ups, sit-ups, a one mile run, shuttle run and the sit and reach. The awards range from the participant's award, awarded to cadets who made a valiant effort but fell short of the national award by only one of the five events, to the national award, awarded to cadets who perform up to the third phase of the cadet program equivalent to the Billy Mitchell award, and finally, the president's award, awarded to those cadets who perform above and beyond the requirements of any achievement in the cadet program.
Awarded the President’s Award were Cadet Capts. Bart Bartgis and Michael Gentle and Cadet Airman 1st Class Deshawn Carney.
Awarded the National Award were Cadet Airmen Courtney Byard, Rielly Jarrell, Sierra Kikas, Taylor Smith, Cadet Airman 1st Class Britton Irechukwu, Cadet Sr. Airman Anthony Cole, Cadet Technical Sgt. Wyatt Hartman, and Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Dana Bartgis.
Awarded the Participants Award were Cadet Airmen Jordan Rowe and Anna Weininger, and Cadet Technical Sgt. Desirae Williams.
Cadets were presented a signed certificate and patch commensurate to the award they received.
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 resulting in 2,222 hours flown. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.2 million. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org.
The Glenn L Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday at Martin State Airport, Suite 411, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.