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2010 news releases

12/30/2010—Fort McHenry assists with base holiday party
Six members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Maryland Wing’s Fort McHenry Composite Squadron assisted members of the Fort Meade Enlisted Spouses Club (ESC) during their annual children’s holiday party.
12/24/2010—Maryland Wing Command Team Issue Holiday Message
The Maryland Wing Command Team wish you and your family health, comfort, and prosperity this holiday season.
12/20/2010—CAP helps National Aquarium with sea turtles
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing was recently called on to assist the National Aquarium in Baltimore with transporting sea turtles that are in need of rehabilitation from New England to the aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
12/16/2010—Carroll squadron changes commanders
Maj. Frank Jarosinski assumed command of the Carroll Composite Squadron, part of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol, in a recent ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Westminster, Md.
12/10/2010—Bowie cadet presented Spaatz Award from former CAP National Commander
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Col. John Brennan of Maryland Wing’s Bowie Composite Squadron was recently awarded the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award at the organization’s annual conference. The award, the highest achievement a cadet can earn in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet program, was presented by Brig. Gen. Richard Anderson, CAP, former national commander of Civil Air Patrol and current Virginia state legislator.
12/08/2010—Fort McHenry squadron celebrates 10th anniversary
Seventy Civil Air Patrol members of Maryland Wing’s Fort McHenry Composite Squadron, their families, and special guests attended a dinner at Club Meade on Fort George G. Meade, Md., to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their unit’s founding.
11/29/2010—Annapolis cadet earns Mitchell and command
Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd Lt. Anne Sisk of the Maryland Wing’s Annapolis Composite Squadron has earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award and assumed the position of cadet commander for the squadron during recent ceremonies in Annapolis, Md.
11/22/2010—Cadet orientation flights lead to history lesson
Two Civil Air Patrol cadets from Maryland Wing’s Osprey Composite Squadron were recently treated to a rare view of two classic World War II aircraft at the Easton Municipal Airport in Easton, Md.
11/18/2010—Two Maryland squadrons advance in Cyber Patriot competition
Thirty-two Civil Air Patrol teams have advanced to the third round in the All-Service Division of CyberPatriot, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing youth cyber-security challenge, including two Maryland Wing squadrons - Annapolis Composite Squadron and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron.
11/16/2010—Maryland Wing members gather for annual conference and awards
More than 200 Civil Air Patrol members from around the state recently gathered together for the annual Maryland Wing Conference. This year’s event was held over Veteran’s Day weekend at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City, Md.
11/11/2010—Carroll squadron gets a lift with ballooning class
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing members from the Carroll Composite Squadron recently learned how to be ground crew members for a hot air balloon pilot during a squadron activity held in Westminster, Md.
11/09/2010—Harford cadet selected for national symposium
Maryland Wing Cadet Lt. Col. Elizabeth Roberts has been selected as one of only four Civil Air Patrol cadets nationwide to attend the National Character and Leadership Symposium held next year at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co.
10/30/2010—Drury assumes command of Group I
Lt. Col. Bruce Drury of Civil Air Patrol's Maryland Wing recently assumed command of Group I during an August ceremony at Maryland Wing Headquarters in Glen Burnie, Md. The ceremony, officiated by Col. John Knowles, Wing commander, also recognized the service of Lt. Col. Eric Haertel, outgoing Group I commander.
10/29/2010—Osprey squadron celebrates Earhart award
Civil Air Patrol cadets, officers and family members of Osprey Composite Squadron joined in celebration of the Amelia Earhart Award for Cadet Capt. Michael Peter. The event was held at the Dundalk American Legion Post 38 on Sunday, October 17.
10/27/2010—Hagerstown pilot earns flight instructor certificate
Civil Air Patrol Capt. Sandra Feliciano of Hagerstown Composite Squadron recently became a certificated flight instructor. She was able to do so after receiving a scholarship from the Ninety-Nines, a women pilot’s organization founded in 1929.
10/22/2010—Md. Wing Conference keynote speaker talks to schoolchildren about Afghanistan
Air Force Brig. Gen. Guy Walsh, who recently returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan as commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Khandahar Air Field, was on a mission. He wanted to share his deployment experiences with the elementary school children who sent letters, pictures and books him and his Airmen during his deployment.
10/20/2010—Three new Mitchells in Annapolis
Civil Air Patrol cadets Kateri Brown, Joshua Luke, and Steven Passalacqua of Maryland Wing’s Annapolis Composite Squadron were recently awarded the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award during a recent ceremony and promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant.
10/15/2010—Vote now for Civil Air Patrol!
Each year, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is proud to recognize a select group of deserving aviation non-profit organizations nominated from members of the aviation community. This year, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has been selected as one of the nominees to be voted on by the public.
10/11/2010—Maryland Wing legal officers go to college
Last spring, Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Timothy J. Corrigan,, the Maryland Wing Legal Officer, issued a challenge to Civil Air Patrol legal officers nationwide to encourage 100% participation at the National Legal Officers College held in Dallas, Tx. The Maryland Wing attained 100% registration of all of the legal officers appointed in the Maryland Wing.
10/06/2010—Commander's Message to Maryland Wing
As I travel around the Wing it is always great to meet new members as well as catch up with old friends. One of the first thing most of them ask me is “Are you having fun as the Wing Commander”? I wish that everything about being in command was fun (it’s not in case you were wondering), but all and all it is an extremely rewarding experience serving as your commander.
10/04/2010—Maryland Wing conference training sessions announced
Training sessions for Civil Air Patrol members have been announced for the annual Maryland Wing Conference. This year’s event will be held at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., on November 12-14, 2010.
09/26/2010—Fort McHenry commander awarded Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Capt. Donald Ells, commander of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Fort McHenry Composite Squadron, with the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal solely based on his involvement with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Ells, who serves as an active duty Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force, is a space systems analyst with the 7th Intelligence Squadron located at Fort George G. Meade, Md.
09/23/2010—New cadet commander leads Howard cadets
Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Julian Paul took command of the cadet component of the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol’s Howard Composite Squadron, relieving Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Jenna Taylor recently at a ceremony in Laurel, Md.
09/18/2010—St. Mary's member Johnson awarded Brewer aerospace award for lifetime of service
A Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing member of nearly 60 years has been awarded Civil Air Patrol’s National Frank Brewer Aerospace Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to his community, state, and nation. The award was presented at the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Conference held recently in San Diego, Ca., by Maj. Gen. Amy Courter, CAP’s national commander.
09/17/2010—Md. Dept. of Natural Resources announces veterans programs
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has created the Veterans Recreational Outreach Program in an effort provide Maryland’s veterans with unique opportunities to work, learn and recreate in the rich natural habitats of Maryland, including our Chesapeake Bay, coastal waters and parkland.
09/16/2010—Hard crab derby parade features Wicomico color guard
The Wicomico Composite Squadron's color guard was invited to march in the 63rd Annual National Hard Crab Derby Parade, sponsored by the Crisfield (Md.) Area Chamber of Commerce. The squadron is part of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing.
09/14/2010—Wing Aerospace director speaks on Mars Society panel
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Director of Aerospace Education, Maj. Robert Terry, Ph.D., recently took part on a panel of distinguished guests for a discussion of the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasm Rocket (VASIMR) during the 13th International Mars Society Convention held in Dayton, Oh.
09/14/2010—Air Force Association cadet awards go to four Maryland cadets
In the past year, four Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing cadets distinguished themselves among other cadets in their squadrons and were recognized with the Air Force Association (AFA) Squadron Cadet of the Year Award. Cadets from Annapolis, Carroll, Fort McHenry, and Mount Airy Composite Squadrons were selected by their commanders for this recognition according to the recent AFA report for the 2009-10 fiscal year.
09/12/2010—International guests visit Maryland for annual exchange
Six international air cadets and their escort visited the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing in July and August as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE), a program that is designed to promote goodwill and fellowship through the common interest of aviation. This year’s guests from New Zealand and the United Kingdom visited Maryland for ten days.
09/10/2010—Maryland members prep for annual conference in Ellicott City
Plans are currently underway for the upcoming annual Maryland Wing Conference. This year’s event will be held at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Md., on November 12-14, 2010. Activities for all members, cadets and seniors, along with recreational activities make this an ideal family getaway for the weekend.
09/08/2010—Local children receive aerospace education lessons from Howard squadron
Thirteen members of Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing provided aerospace education opportunities to 460 children across eight Howard County schools. Members taught basic aerospace concepts at day camps run by Howard County’s Department of Recreation and Parks.
09/06/2010—Garnice named National Government Affairs Officer of the Year
Lt. Col. Rory Garnice, Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Government Relations Officer, has been named the 2010 National Government Relations Officer of the Year. The award was presented during the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Board Meeting on September 4 in San Diego, Calif.
09/03/2010—Maryland Wing prepares for Hurricane Earl
Members of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing along with members from wings along the East Coast are busy preparing for the impact and potential aftermath of Hurricane Earl, a now-downgraded Category 2 hurricane expected to pass by the mid-Atlantic coast Friday, September 3.
09/02/2010—Congressional Gold Medal endeavor needs support
Civil Air Patrol national commander Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP, has requested support in gaining cosponsors for legislation in the House and Senate which will award a single Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Civil Air Patrol’s World War II volunteer members.
08/31/2010—CAP members attend Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course in Colorado
Twenty-four cadets from across the nation learned about space careers at the Air Force Space Command Familiarization course held at Peterson Air Force Base, Co., during July. During their stay in Colorado the cadets got to experience day-to-day operations of the Air Force Space Command and military installations.
08/27/2010—Civil Air Patrol saves 100 lives for the year
Civil Air Patrol reached a major milestone earlier this summer, racking up its 100th save for fiscal 2010 … a year that doesn’t end until Sept. 30. “What an accomplishment!” exclaimed Col. Michael J. Murrell, CAP’s senior adviser, operations.
08/25/2010—Successful SAREX trains Group II members in Salisbury
Using the Civil Air Patrol Wicomico Composite Squadron’s headquarters as the incident command post at Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Airport (SBY), Group II and other Maryland Wing members gathered recently to conduct a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) to practice their varied skill sets and to learn new ones.
08/20/2010—More than 200 CAP members train at annual Tri-Wing Encampment
Civil Air Patrol members recently completed the 2010 Tri-Wing Encampment, held July 18-25 at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Md. Hosted by the Maryland, Delaware, and National Capital Wings, nearly 240 staff and cadet basics from all three CAP wings came together to train.
08/16/2010—Maryland Wing hosts Aerospace Education Officer School
For the first time, a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Aerospace Education Officer’s school for the Middle East Region was held recently at the Glenn L. Martin Learning Center in Middle River, Md. The course was hosted by Maryland Wing.
08/14/2010—Maryland Wing celebrates 20th year for cadet Solo School
Over the skies of Hagerstown, Md., six Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing cadets flew in Cessna 172 aircraft with the goal of soloing for the first time. This event was the culmination of their training and study. The cadets, from all around Maryland, participated in the Maryland Wing Solo School, a unique program celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
08/12/2010—Howard squadron marches in Independence Day parade
Eighteen Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing's Howard Composite Squadron participated along with a number of other local organizations in this year’s River Hill Association Independence Day Parade.
08/10/2010—NESA top graduate from Fort McHenry squadron
Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Andrew Wortman, Deputy Commander for Cadets of the Maryland Wing’s Fort McHenry Composite Squadron, was recently recognized as the Distinguished Graduate of the 2010 Ground Team Leader course during a ceremony at the National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) held at Camp Atterbury, In.
08/07/2010—CAP members attend Air Force Civil Engineering Academy
Thirty-seven cadets from across the country learned about civil engineering careers at the Air Force Civil Engineering Academy held July 25-30 at the Silver Flag Training site at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. This Civil Air Patrol national activity was directed by Col. John Knowles, Maryland Wing commander.
08/06/2010—Maryland Air Guard Hosts Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol cadets were treated to orientation flights (referred to as "O-flights") at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, Md., recently. Maryland Air National Guard C-130 and a CH-47 helicopter from the Army National Guard carried the cadets on the local flights, which are aimed at exposing the cadets to military flight operations.
08/02/2010—Public Affairs initiative by Wicomico
Public Affairs initiative by Wicomico. The Wicomico Composite Squadron members have recently been featured on two public access television shows.
07/30/2010—Fort McHenry squadron marches in Arbutus Independence Day parade
Ten members from the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Fort McHenry Composite Squadron joined the Civil Air Patrol Middle East Region’s Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) Coordinator to participate in the annual Independence Day Parade held in Arbutus, Md.
07/27/2010—Maryland members display CAP Airvan at Blackstone AAF Fly in
Two Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing members represented the Middle East Region by displaying the Gippsland GA-8 Airvan at the Blackstone Army Airfield Fly-in in June at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Va.
07/22/2010—Maryland members get international experiences through IACE
Six Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing were selected to serve as goodwill ambassadors this summer in the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE). Maryland Wing has one of the highest selections of members compared to other CAP Wings for this year's IACE program. In addition, Maryland Wing was selected as a host wing for international air cadets to visit and experience American culture.
07/21/2010—CAP Responds to Gulf Oil Spill
Civil Air Patrol’s Deepwater Horizon Response has already reached significant milestones, surpassing 10,000 volunteer hours and 1,000 hours of flight time while providing aerial oil spill reconnaissance along the Gulf Coast.
07/21/2010—Carroll cadets complete aircraft ground handling course
Cadets from Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Carroll Composite Squadron recently completed a two-part safety series in proper ground handling of an aircraft held at the Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster, Md.
07/18/2010—Wicomico color guard at Perdue Stadium
On July 4th, the cadet color guard from Wicomico Composite presented the nation’s Stars and Stripes together with the Maryland State Flag at the beginning of the professional South Athlantic League’s Delmarva Shorebirds baseball game.
07/17/2010—Howard squadron supports triathlon
Six members of Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Howard Composite Squadron staffed rehydration stations along the bike course component of the Celebration Spirit Triathlon that was held by the Columbia Triathlon Association on the last Sunday in June.
07/16/2010—Maryland Civil Air Patrol aircrews monitor the Chesapeake Bay over the summer
Distressed boaters, oil spills, threats to Maryland’s bridges – all events that could occur in the Chesapeake Bay on any given summer weekend. Monitoring these potential situations as Maryland’s “eyes in the skies” is the Civil Air Patrol. Trained pilots and aircrews fly over the bay from morning until evening observing, reporting, and ready to assist.
07/15/2010—Fort McHenry cadets achieve liftoff
Two cadets from the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron successfully completed a major milestone towards their rocketry badge. Cadet Timothy Jacobs and Cadet Airman Malcolm Scott joined senior members for a recent afternoon of rocketry at the parade field on Fort George G. Meade, Md.
07/13/2010—Joint training exercise for Towson and Osprey squadrons
It was a picture perfect day in June when two squadrons from Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol, Towson Composite Squadron and Osprey Composite Squadron, joined forces at Martin State Airport for a joint search and rescue exercise (SAREX).
07/10/2010—Eaker Award presented to Harford cadet during the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course
During the Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course at Laughlin Air Force, Col. Craig Wills, commander of the 47th Fighter Training Wing, took time out to present the Gen. Ira Eaker Award to Civil Air Patrol Cadet Lt. Col. Elizabeth Roberts. The presentation took place at the 47th Fighter Training Wing Club at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, TX.
07/08/2010—Brewer - prominent aerospace backer - passes away
Col. Frank Brewer, a Civil Air Patrol member for 53 years and ardent supporter of the organization and its aerospace education program, died Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala. He was 92.
07/07/2010—World War II veterans greeted by Fort McHenry members
Eleven members from Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Fort McHenry Composite Squadron joins others in greeting 340 World War II veterans at Baltimore Washington International Airport in May and June, 2010. The events were two of many such occasions sponsored by the Honor Flight Network each year for the purpose of honoring our nation’s veterans.
07/05/2010—Frederick cadet presented Spaatz Award
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Col. Anna Bladey of Maryland Wing’s Frederick Composite Squadron was recently awarded the prestigious Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award at the Spaatz Association Annual Banquet in Arlington, Va. The Spaatz Award is the highest cadet achievement in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet program and achieved by only .5 percent of cadets nationwide.
07/04/2010—Independence Day message from Maryland Wing commander
Ever since I was a young cadet I have often heard phrases such as “lets go to the 4th of July picnic” or “our family is going to watch the 4th of July fireworks down on the mall”. Over the years I have had many conversations with elementary through high school age youth about citizenship, leadership, history, and our nation, and one thing that resonates through most of these discussions is that many of the citizens of our country don’t always connect the terms 4th of July and Independence Day.
07/02/2010—Maryland CAP member receives service award
Maj. Raymond Feliciano, a member of Civil Air Patrol, recently awarded for his service to Civil Air Patrol (CAP) by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Feliciano was awarded along with two other employees from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Human Resources Management for sacrificing their time, themselves, and their commitment to bringing about change - all for the sake of helping others.
06/30/2010—BCC color guard serves at NOAA event
The cadets of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron (B-CC) had the honor of serving as the color guard for the 93rd Anniversary dinner of the nation’s smallest uniform service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps. The event was held at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, DC.
06/28/2010—Howard squadron hosts ground team training
This spring, Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Howard Composite Squadron hosted a sequence of two ground team training events. The first was a class that familiarized participants with the DeLorme PN-20 handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) units issued by Maryland Wing. The second course focused on mapping skills.
06/26/2010—Civil Air Patrol finds niche in Gulf Coast oil spill response with aerial photography
While most of the disaster personnel working at the command centers set up along the Gulf Coast to deal with the oil spill are on someone’s payroll, at least one desk is manned by highly trained, yet all-volunteer, members of the Civil Air Patrol, official auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force. Every day CAP pilots are flying multiple missions over 700 miles of the Gulf’s coastline, mostly to take aerial photography of the progress of the oil spill.
06/24/2010—Ocean City airshow gets support from Wicomico CAP
Described as offering "a jet stream of American Aviation at 10,000 feet," the Ocean City (Maryland) Air Show drew large crowds from 04 through 06 June. Once again, the Wicomico Composite Squadron assisted the airport with the event.
06/21/2010—Fort McHenry commander named USAF Wing NCO of the Year
Capt. Donald Ells, commander of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Fort McHenry Composite Squadron, who also serves as an active duty Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force, distinguished himself among his Air Force peers by winning the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing's (ISRW) Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter of 2009.
06/10/2010—Members recognized at Carroll Dining Out
Members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Carroll Composite Squadron held a dining out to recognize the accomplishments of its members. The annual banquet was held on June 1 at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Md. Close to 100 members, families and friends attended the event.
06/07/2010—BCC - Lockheed Martin meeting highlights CAP's aerospace education efforts
Col. John Knowles, commander of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing, joined aerospace education officers and senior cadet command elements from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron (B-CC) recently listened to Lockheed Martin officials’ presentation of their efforts to increase educational opportunities to create engineers in American schools, nationally and here in Maryland.
06/03/2010—Maryland Wing prepares for inspection
Over the weekend of June 4-6, the staff of the Maryland Wing will be involved in the start of an inspection process that occurs once every four years. This ensures that the wing is in compliance with the many regulations, policies, rules, and agreements that govern Civil Air Patrol.
06/01/2010—Maryland cadets travel to Singapore with IACE
During the period of May 29 to June 13 of 2010, travel virtually with Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing Cadet Maj. Alice Chan and Cadet Capt. Kathleen Crockett as they have been chosen as ambassadors of the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, to Singapore where they will be on a mission to promote international goodwill, friendship and understanding. The delegation will be part of the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE).
05/30/2010—National Commander shares Memorial Day message
Memorial Day is a time set aside for Americans to honor the hundreds of thousands of courageous men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have died in defense of America, in wars and other military service. Many of the original members of Civil Air Patrol are among these American heroes. They served their country in World War II as members of the Coastal Patrol, which later became Civil Air Patrol.
05/28/2010—Wicomico prepares for Memorial Day tribute
After having planning, leadership and operational responsibilities for last December's Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Md., the Wicomico Composite Squadron, part of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol, was invited to be involved in the cemetery's preparation for the 2010 Memorial Day tribute to the approximately 5,000 interred veterans within its boundaries.
05/25/2010—Hagerstown pilot awarded flight scholarship from 99s
Civil Air Patrol Capt. Sandra Fox of Maryland Wing’s Hagerstown Composite Squadron was recently awarded a flight scholarship from the 99s, an organization for women pilots formed by Amelia Earhart and 98 other female pilots in 1929.
05/21/2010—Gov. O'Malley signs Civil Air Patrol Leave Act of 2010 into law
On May 20, 2010, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed House Bill 1323, The Civil Air Patrol Leave Act of 2010, into law during a bill signing ceremony in Annapolis, Md. Sponsored by Delegate J.B. Jennings, the bill provides job protection for Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members in Maryland when called up to serve during missions vital to the state and nation similar to the job protection National Guard and Reserve members receive when they are activated for federal or state duty.
05/17/2010—Local man named 2009 Chaplain of the Year for Maryland, region
Bower, 62, recently was named 2009 Chaplain of the Year for Maryland and for the middle eastern region of the United States during a ceremony presided over by Lt. Col. Barry McNew, commander of Hagerstown’s CAP squadron.
05/17/2010—Trick maintains zeal for Civil Air Patrol, aerospace service
Colleagues of Col. Larry Trick know him as a leader and a mentor. His community acknowledges him as a dedicated volunteer. Perhaps this is why Trick has been nominated for the 2010 Air Education and Training Command AETC National Public Service Award.
05/13/2010—CAP supports Family Science Night at Parkland Magnet Middle
The Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing is proud to be one of the founding partners that works with the Parkland Magnet Middle School for Aerospace Technology in Rockville, Md., including the recent Family Science and Technology Night for the local community. This spring the theme was “Flight Night” with three of the breakout sessions led by Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members.
05/10/2010—3-2-1...Blast off! Sixteen Carroll cadets complete model rocketry program
Civil Air Patrol cadets from Maryland Wing's Carroll Composite Squadron gathered early one recent spring morning in the middle of a local farm field to complete their study of model rocketry, begun during the fall, by launching their projects into the skies above New Windsor.
05/07/2010—Members SOAR in Group 3 training
Twenty five Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members gathered together in Prince Frederick recently for the first ever Squadron Operations Administration Retreat (SOAR). The all-day event provided training for cadet NCOs and senior members in Maryland Wing's Group III who regularly work with cadets.
05/03/2010—Maryland members help beautify military installation
Ten members from Groups 2 and 3 of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing recently accompanied the Fort Meade Enlisted Spouses Club with the 2nd annual base clean-up. Members that represented Maryland Wing included members from Group 3, Arundel Composite Squadron and from the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron.
04/29/2010—An interview with Col. Knowles - a vision for the future of Maryland Wing
On April 24, 2010, Col. John M. Knowles assumed command of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing (MDWG) after serving for four years as vice commander of the Wing. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Col. Knowles about his new duty assignment and his vision for the future.
04/25/2010—Col John Knowles becomes 21st Maryland Wing Commander
Col. John M. Knowles became the 21st commander of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, during a change of command ceremony on April 24, 2010, held at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, Md. Knowles succeeds Col. Jerry Weiss, who relinquished the command he held for four years.
04/22/2010—Civil Air Patrol Leave Act passes Maryland General Assembly
The Maryland General Assembly has passed House Bill 1323, the Civil Air Patrol Leave Act, during its 2010 annual session. Sponsored by Delegate J.B. Jennings, the bill provides job protection for Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members in Maryland when called up to serve during missions vital to the state and nation similar to the job protection National Guard and Reserve members receive when they are activated for federal or state duty.
04/20/2010—Col Jerry Weiss completes term as Maryland Wing commander
Col. Jerry Weiss, Maryland Wing Commander from 2006-2010, relinquishes command but leaves a legacy of duty, responsibility, and service before self.
04/17/2010—Fort McHenry commander Ells completes Bataan Memorial Death March
Capt. Donald Ells, commander of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Fort McHenry Composite Squadron, joined an elite group of over 5,700 people, both military and civilian, to participate in his first ever Bataan Memorial Death March, a challenging march through the high desert terrain conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives.
04/16/2010—U.S. Customs pilot began upward trek as Maryland cadet
Enlisting as a Civil Air Patrol cadet in Maryland wouldn’t necessarily be expected to lead to flying a remotely piloted MQ-9 “Predator B” over the northern borders of the U.S., providing intelligence to ground agents looking for smuggled weapons, drugs and people.
04/12/2010—Carroll squadron earns Unit Citation Award
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.
04/08/2010—Maryland Wing hosts 3rd Professional Development Academy
Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland and Virginia Wings came together during a recent weekend to improve their knowledge of the organization and further their leadership skills during the third Professional Development Academy held at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Md.
04/05/2010—Wicomico gives character development program high priority
The Civil Air Patrol’s Character Development Program continues to receive strong support in the Maryland Wing Wicomico Composite Squadron’s cadet program. This program presents an opportunity for cadets to work with ethical issues in a non-threatening setting to prepare them to think critically before facing issues in real-life situations.
03/31/2010—Governor Martin O'Malley joins Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol
Maryland Governor Martin J. O’Malley has become a member of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He was presented his certificate of membership and other tokens at a ceremony held on March 27 at the Pikesville National Guard Armory in Pikesville, Md.
03/29/2010—Maryland teams compete at region cadet competition
Once again local Civil Air Patrol cadets represented the Maryland Wing at the Middle East Region (MER) Cadet Competition held recently at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Va. Cadets fielded two teams to compete against other teams from the seven state region in both the drill team and the color guard competition. This year represents more than 32 years of Maryland Wing participation in the annual event.
03/26/2010—12 Carroll members earn Yeager Award
Twelve Civil Air Patrol senior officers from the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol's Carroll Composite Squadron were recently presented the Gen. Charles Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award during an awards ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Westminster, Md.
03/23/2010—Six Maryland members selected for international program
Six Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing have been selected to serve as goodwill ambassadors this summer in the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE). Maryland Wing has one of the highest selection of members compared to other CAP Wings for this year's IACE program.
03/21/2010—Successful SAREX hosted by Group 1
Seventy-nine members of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing recently spent a cold Saturday practicing their skills on a sortie-based search and rescue exercise (SAREX) in western Maryland.
03/17/2010—Cadet Speak Off reaches record participation
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s annual cadet public speaking competition, the Cadet Speak Off, achieved record participation with 22 participants from 8 squadrons competed in three categories during the recent event held at Maryland Wing Headquarters in Glen Burnie, Md.
03/15/2010—Civic Leadership Academy draws six Maryland members
It happens once a year in our nation’s capitol – 24 top cadets from around the country converge on Washington, DC, to take part in Civil Air Patrol’s national Civic Leadership Academy (CLA). Maryland had two cadets selected for this honor – more than any other Wing – and four additional members served on staff.
03/11/2010—Mt. Airy wins Maryland Wing Color Guard Competition
A team of five cadets from Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Mt. Airy Composite Squadron took first place in the 2010 Maryland Wing Color Guard Competition held recently at Parkland Magnet Middle School in Rockville, Md.
03/09/2010—Maryland State Delegates propose CAP income tax bill
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing Commander, Col. Jerry Weiss and Cadet Capt. Kathleen Crockett of the Frederick Composite Squadron, appeared before the Maryland House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee in Annapolis, Md., to support House Bill 754. This proposed legislation was introduced by Delegate Nancy Stocksdale (R-District 5A) and currently has 22 co-sponsors.
03/08/2010—Oral histories of CAP members conducted by Howard squadron
The first of the only two oral history interviews conducted in the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing during 2009, both by Howard Composite Squadron, has been published. Sr. Member Colleen McCormick, Assistant Historian, interviewed Maj. Johannes Schmitz in September 2009.
03/06/2010—CAP conducts searches for stranded cars
After seemingly endless calls for disabled vehicles during Wednesday’s blizzard, Talbot County Emergency Services Director Clay Stamp enlisted the help of the Civil Air Patrol to make sure no one was still stuck Thursday. Nobody was found, Stamp said after landing from a plane at 3:45 p.m. From overhead, Stamp saw roads still cut off, but no one stranded.
03/06/2010—Towson members partner with Lutherville Fire Dept for first aid training
Fifteen members from Maryland Wing’s Towson Composite Squadron recently received first aid training from the Lutherville Fire Department.
03/04/2010—Former cadet assists in Haitian relief efforts
Ari Katz, a School of International Services junior at American University, was on campus when he heard about the earthquake and desperate situation created in Haiti. Over the course of six years, Katz had trained and certified as both a Civil Air Patrol emergency services ground team member, fireman, rescue technician, and emergency medical technician in Montgomery County, Md.
02/28/2010—Luke assumes command of Annapolis squadron
Capt. Henry Luke recently assumed command of Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Annapolis Composite Squadron in a traditional ceremony. He succeeds Capt. Glenn Wright, who held the position since September 2007.
02/22/2010—Ft McHenry receives aerospace education grant
The Fort McHenry Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing recently received a $750 grant from the Enlisted Spouses Club of Fort Meade, Md., to be used towards aerospace education activities.
02/19/2010—78 train at Group II SAREX in Easton
It was a day of fast paced training for 78 Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing members representing seven Group II squadrons. Positioned at two locations, air crews met at the Easton Airport with ground teams assembling at the BG Louis G. Smith National Guard Armory in Easton, Md.
02/18/2010—Two Mitchell awards presented at Carroll squadron
Civil Air Patrol cadets Nicholas Oland and Derek Seibel of Maryland Wing's Carroll Composite Squadron were promoted to the grade of cadet second lieutenant after completing the requirements for the Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell Award. The awards were presented during a recent ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Westminster, Md.
02/14/2010—Bethesda-Chevy Chase squadron serves at Martin Luther King day events
The Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron participated for the fourth consecutive year in Montgomery County’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Volunteer Day activities held in at the Marriott Hotel in Rockville, Md.
02/10/2010—Knowles named new Maryland Wing Commander
Lt. Col. John M. Knowles has been selected as the next commander of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing, according to an announcement by Col. Joe Vazquez, commander of the Civil Air Patrol Middle East Region.
02/08/2010—Maryland Legislative Squadron growth skyrockets
Two members of the Maryland House of Delegates, Norman H. Conway (D) and James N. Mathias, Jr. (D), both representing District 38B (Wicomico And Worcester Counties), recently accepted invitations to join the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Legislative Squadron.
02/05/2010—Feb 5 Maryland Wing HQ Drill Postponed
Due to the impending snowstorm for the Maryland area, Col. Jerry Weiss, Maryland Wing Commander, has postponed this weekend's activities at Maryland Wing Headquarters in Glen Burnie, Md.
01/29/2010—Ft. McHenry spices up Fort Meade chili cook-off
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Fort McHenry Composite Squadron returned for the second year to the annual Fort Meade Chili Cook-off. The annual event is sponsored by the First Six Association of the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing (70th ISRW) at Fort Meade, Md.
01/29/2010—Jan 30 NCSA Review Boards postponed til Feb 6
Due to projected inclement weather on January 30, the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing National Cadet Special Activities Review Board is postponed until next Saturday, February 6. The boards will be held in the Cadet Programs Building at Maryland Wing Headquarters in Glen Burnie, Md.
01/22/2010—Group 3 members support Boy Scout Camporee
Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing Group 3's Annapolis, Arundel, Bowie, and Prince Frederick squadrons recently braved the rain to represent Civil Air Patrol at "Hero's, Inc. 2009, " a Boy Scout camporee held at John H. Downs Memorial Park in Pasadena, Md.
01/13/2010—Martin squadron earns Aerospace Education Excellence Award
The Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron, part of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing, was recently granted the Aerospace Education Excellence (AEX) Award as administered by CAP National Headquarters for completing several hands-on aviation and space-related activities.
01/08/2010—Bethesda-Chevy Chase joins with Boy Scouts for Wreaths Across America
Twelve members of Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol's Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron (B-CC), veterans’ families, and local Boy Scout Troops 1572, 1237, and Cub Pack 1786 of Maryland assembled at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery to lay Christmas wreaths on Veterans’ graves in recognition of their service to our country.
01/04/2010—Wicomico leads Wreaths Across America ceremony on eastern shore
With a chapel overflow attendance exceeding 100 people, the Wicomico Composite Squadron of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol recently lead the 2009 Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the Eastern Shore Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock. This ceremony coincided with 372 similar ceremonies at cemeteries throughout the nation.