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2012 news releases

12/14/2012—Civil Air Patrol to honor veterans as part of wreath-laying salute
This year, in tribute to the 25 million men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces — guarding and preserving America’s freedom throughout history — Maine balsam wreaths will be placed on more than 325,000 veterans’ graves at 800-plus cemetery or memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20-plus foreign locations.
12/12/2012—CAP Board of Governors selects chairman, vice-chairman
Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors, meeting in person for the first time since the organization’s new governance structure was introduced in August, today elected retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John Speigel as its chairman and CAP Lt. Col. Ned Lee as vice chairman. Speigel, previously the board’s vice chairman, succeeds Brig. Gen. Richard Anderson when Anderson’s term concludes in February.
12/09/2012—Get high on life, not drugs
CAP members took the Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) message, “Get high on life, not drugs” to Ridgely, Maryland when DDR made it’s annual appearance in the Ridgely Holiday Parade. Once again, Cadet Ken was the hit of the parade. The CAP float featured the CAP jet. The jet was originally donated to Col. (then Capt.) Tim Hahn of the Bowie Composite Squadron. Col. Hahn is now commander of Nevada Wing CAP. Col. John Knowles with the assistance of Clark Construction refurbished the jet. Maj. Jeffrey Welch now owns the jet and makes it available for CAP functions.
12/02/2012—Civil Air Patrol to observe long legacy of service
“Each day, our members provide a valuable service to their communities,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr. “They help mentor America’s youth through our outstanding aerospace education and cadet programs and save lives and preserve liberty for all through search and rescue missions and emergency service, disaster relief and homeland security missions nationwide. As this anniversary approaches, be sure to say ‘thanks’ to these unsung heroes in your communities who provide such selfless service, often without fanfare.”
11/19/2012—Martin squadron cadets get Medevac tour during orientation flight
Two cadets from the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron were given a tour of the Life Lion Medevac helicopter during their first orientation flight on October 21, 2012.
11/14/2012—Carroll squadron helps local election board
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing members from the Carroll Composite Squadron are assisting the Carroll County Election Board and Maryland citizens during the 2012 Election. The Carroll Composite Squadron feels privileged to be involved in this important effort to elect a president, members of Congress and local officials. The squadron has served the county in this capacity for the past several years.
11/13/2012—Members of Maryland’s Group III serve at Warfield dining facility
Recently 20 members from Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Calvert Cadet Squadron, Arundel Composite Squadron, and Bowie Composite Squadron, all part of the Wing’s Group III, assisted the Maryland Air National Guard (ANG) 175th Wing in the Warfield Air National Guard Base dining facility during the ANG’s training weekend. Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol members from around the state have been participating in this monthly activity for over ten years.
11/12/2012—Civil Air Patrol Revs Up Missions over Storm-Ravaged N.Y, N.J.
Crepas said 700 to 750 CAP members are supporting the post-hurricane missions daily throughout the Northeast and Mideast regions, putting in up to 7,000 man-hours a day. "We're bringing in talent and personnel to handle this" from as far away as Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. They're dedicated volunteers, most of whom have put their personal lives on hold to serve the American public."
11/05/2012—Maryland Wing assists Warfield ANG for family day
More than 60 Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing members from 13 squadrons along with one Florida Wing member assisted the 175th Air National Guard at Warfield ANG Base in Middle River, Md., during their annual family day on October 4, 2012.
10/31/2012—Maryland Wing provides bird's eye view of Sandy's damage
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10/29/2012—Charles squadron celebrates first year with dining out
Nearly 100 invited guests and members of Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Charles Composite Squadron recently celebrated their first anniversary with a dining out and awards ceremony.
10/28/2012—Maryland Wing prepares for Hurricane Sandy's arrival
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10/15/2012—Maryland Wing hosts Corporate Learning Course
Fifteen members from the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing attended the Corporate Learning Course (CLC) September 28th and 29th at Maryland Wing headquarters in Glen Burnie, Md. The course was led by Capt. Elizabeth Marx, professional development officer at Maryland Wing’s Annapolis Composite Squadron.
10/12/2012—Osprey squadron hosts 2nd annual RC fly-in and cookout
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Osprey Composite Squadron hosted their second annual radio control (RC) aircraft fly-in and family cook out on September 29 at the Radio Control Modelers of Baltimore flying field in Parkton, Md.
10/08/2012—Martin color guard presents at Essex Day festival
The color guard from the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron presented the colors during the opening ceremony of the annual Essex Day festival on 17 September 2012.
10/08/2012—Martin color guard presents colors during World War II Reunion
The color guard from Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron posted the colors during an annual World War II reunion banquet on September 29, 2012, at the BWI Marriott hotel.
09/25/2012—Annapolis squadron earns Quality Cadet Unit award
The Civil Air Patrol announced that Maryland Wing’s Annapolis Composite Squadron earned the title “Quality Cadet Unit” for 2012. The Annapolis squadron placed in the top four percent of the 919 squadrons eligible for the award, meeting seven of nine objective criteria. This the second consecutive year the squadron has earned the title.
09/25/2012—Upper Montgomery squadron color guard presents colors at Nationals game
Cadet Airman Nate Springer’s first experience at a major league baseball game came when he presented the colors at a recent Washington Nationals game in Washington, DC. The teenager summed up the experience with one word: “Awesome.”
09/23/2012—Montgomery Senior Squadron remembers Bob Hawkins and Bob Ayres
Members from the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Montgomery Senior Squadron (MSS) and the Congressional Flying Club (CFC) held a commemoration ceremony at the Montgomery Airpark for Lt. Col. Bob Ayres and Maj. Bob Hawkins. The event celebrated both their lives and contributions to CAP and flying. Hawkins’ wife, Anne Culver, and Maryland Wing commander Col. John Knowles were present. Both Bobs served as commander of MSS and president of CFC over the years
09/12/2012—Maryland members tour Udvar Hazy Center
Members from the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Charles Composite Squadron and St. Mary’s Composite Squadron recently toured the Smithsonian’s Steven Udvar Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va.
09/12/2012—Annapolis holds cadet change of command
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Capt. Kateri Brown recently assumed the role as the cadet commander of Maryland Wing’s Annapolis Composite Squadron during a change of command ceremony held at Lee Airport in Edgewater, Md.
08/26/2012—CAP Board of Governors announces new governance structure
Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors, the organization’s policymaking body, presented the corporation’s new internal governance structure today to CAP members attending the 2012 Annual Conference and National Board meeting in Baltimore.
08/23/2012—Civil Air Patrol launching 70-year cadet celebration in Baltimore
More than 600 Civil Air Patrol members are gathering in Baltimore this week as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary officially wraps up its yearlong 70th anniversary celebration with all eyes on its high-flying cadet program. CAP officially celebrates the 70th anniversary of its cadet program in October of this year, but gets started early at the 2012 Annual Conference and National Board meeting Aug. 21-25 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
08/19/2012—New CAP governance structure to be presented at National Board meeting
Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors will present the organization's new internal governance structure on Friday, Aug. 24, during CAP's Annual Conference and National Board meeting in Baltimore.
08/19/2012—Annapolis squadron begins third year of speaker program
The Annapolis Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing celebrates the second anniversary of its monthly guest speaker program. Since its inception, the squadron has hosted a number of speakers who talk to the squadron on a variety of topics.
07/30/2012—Martin squadron color guard posts colors at Orioles game
Glenn L. Martin posts colors at Orioles game.
07/25/2012—Osprey members perform at Heritage Fair despite storm damage
Osprey members perform at Heritage Fair
07/14/2012—Martin and Towson squadrons work “Sailabration” flightline
Glenn L. Martin and Towson assist at Sailabration.
07/06/2012—Go For The Gold
Cosponsors are vitally needed for the House CAP Congressional Gold Medal Bill (HR 719) before the 112th Congress ends in December. This bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Bob Filner on February 15, 2011. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Donna Edwards, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen have signed on as cosponsors. A total of 290 cosponsors are necessary before the bill will be addressed in committee and brought to the floor for a vote. It’s time for Maryland to GO FOR THE GOLD and have 100 percent of our Congressional Delegation as cosponsors!
06/29/2012—Howard squadron holds cadet change of command ceremony
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.
06/29/2012—Glenn L. Martin cadets earn fitness award
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.
06/15/2012—Martin squadron color guard attends Memorial Day ceremonies
The cadet color guard for the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron, part of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing, was invited to participate in two Memorial Day ceremonies during the month of May.
06/15/2012—Frederick cadet becomes CAP pilot weeks before heading to US Naval Academy
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing Cadet Maj. Aaron Hull has earned his CAP pilot status just weeks before leaving for his plebe summer at the United States Naval Academy. Hull, a cadet in the Frederick Composite Squadron, will be a member of the USNA class of 2016.
06/14/2012—Two Osprey cadets get USAF commission
Two cadets from the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Osprey Composite Squadron became officers in the United States Air Force on May 28. Wayne Mowery and Shaharazad Purvis were commissioned as second lieutenants at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., and were sworn in by Col. Robert Pecoraro, commander of the US Air Force ROTC Detachment 330 at the University of Maryland.
06/11/2012—B-CC cadet accepted to US Air Force Academy
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing Cadet Capt. Colin Asbury has been accepted to the United States Air Force Academy. Asbury, a cadet in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron, will be a member of the class of 2016.
06/10/2012—Howard squadron prepares for SAREVAL
Members of the Howard Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing practiced their emergency services skills today. New cadets learned the basics from seasoned members of Howard Composite Squadron’s ground team. Experienced personnel also had a chance to practice and hone their abilities in preparation for the upcoming United States Air Force evaluation of Maryland Wing, which is known as a SAREVAL.
05/18/2012—Apollo 1 squadron member earns ACE Award
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing member 1st Lt. Ronald Miller was recently awarded the ACE Award from the Explore Maryland by Air Program. This program began in 2011 and encourages those interested in aviation to explore the 36 public airports in Maryland as well as visit the four aviation museums and attend four FAA Faasteam safety seminars. The ACE Award is the highest of the three awards possible in the program.
05/18/2012—Osprey cadets take first flight
Civil Air Patrol cadets Bradley Bonham, Ryan Dorsey and Michael Gibbs from the Osprey Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing took their very first flight in a Cessna 182 G1000 “glass cockpit” single engine aircraft recently in the skies over Baltimore.
05/13/2012—Senate passes CAP Congressional Gold Medal bill by unanimous consent
A major step in the campaign to secure a Congressional Gold Medal recognizing Civil Air Patrol members’ service to the country during World War II was taken today when the U.S. Senate unanimously approved S. 418, introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. “This legislation will offer long overdue recognition to a small group of people who answered the call to duty at our nation’s time of maximum danger,” Harkin, commander of CAP’s Congressional Squadron, told his colleagues during his floor statement. In the U.S. House of Representatives, where an identical measure, H.R. 719, is pending, well over half the 290 co-sponsors needed to guarantee passage have been secured. Additional co-sponsors are sought, and those interested in helping with the effort can contact can contact their congressional representative.
05/06/2012—Maryland Wing cadet accepted to US Air Force Academy
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing Cadet Maj. John Rowan has been accepted to the United States Air Force Academy. Rowan, a cadet in the Calvert Cadet Squadron, will be a member of the class of 2016.
04/29/2012—2012 Civil Air Patrol National Conference
Members of the Maryland Wing have a unique opportunity this summer. The 2012 Civil Air Patrol National Conference is in Baltimore. Members can take advantage of the learning labs conducted Saturday, Aug. 25. Members will also be able to take advantage of a number of pre-conference activities. On Tuesday, Aug. 21 and Wednesday, Aug. 22, Civil Air Patrol will sponsor position specific training courses.
04/23/2012—2012 Annual Conference registration
This is your opportunity to attend a national conference. It’s right in your backyard!
04/23/2012—Maryland Wing members earn awards
Several members of Maryland Wing were presented with awards at the monthly drill meeting on Saturday, April 21.
04/23/2012—Two Baltimore Composite Squadron cadets experience first flight
On April 1 two cadets in the newest squadron in the Maryland Wing experienced their first orientation flight. The pilot, Captain James Holcomb, flew C/AB Rasul Jones and C/AB Khalil Stanley from Martin State Airport to Easton, Maryland and back, with a stop at Bay Bridge Airport.
04/16/2012—Wing holds search and rescue exercise
The search and rescue exercise is part of Maryland Wing’s ongoing preparedness for actual emergencies. Six aircraft, five ground teams, and a total of 56 personnel took part in the exercise. Participants were given the opportunity to practice the skills necessary to conduct an actual search and rescue mission.
04/16/2012—Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation-Portable
The Maryland National Guard and the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol are working together using the Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation-Portable platform, better known as the GIIEP system to give incident commanders in emergency situations real time images.
04/16/2012—Maryland Civil Air Patrol’s first flights 70 years ago!
Members of the Annapolis Composite Squadron, which is still located at Lee Airport, are planning to celebrate the unit's 70th anniversary. The celebration will be held at Lee Airport on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
04/09/2012—Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron installs new squadron commander
1st Lt John Acevedo assumes command of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron during the WInter Banquet on December 22, 2011.
04/09/2012—Osprey Composite Squadron converts flight theory into practive
With the help of an Air Force Association grant and the the Radio Control Modelers of Baltimore, the Osprey Composite Squadron is constructing a 2-meter model sailplane.
04/09/2012—College Park Composite Squadron holds promotions and awards night
College Park Composite Squadron recently held a special promotion and awards night to honor the hard work of its members. Special guests for the evening included Eric Olsen (Prince George’s County Council member), Stephanie Stullich (College Park City Council member), , Lt. Col. Robert Couch (MDWG Group III Commander), Lt. Col. Jett Mayhew (National DDR Project Officer), and Col. Mary Feik.
04/08/2012—Annapolis cadet earns Earhart Award
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Annapolis Composite Squadron’s newest cadet captain, Kateri Brown, recently received her Amelia Earhart Award from Col. Mary Feik, CAP, at an awards and promotions ceremony held at Lee Airport, in Annapolis, Md., on March 27th
04/01/2012—Middle East Region recognizes Maryland members
Members of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing were recognized as being the best in the mid-Atlantic during the recent Civil Air Patrol Middle East Region Conference held in Raleigh, N.C., on March 23.
03/30/2012—National Chaplain visits two Maryland squadrons
At the Fort McHenry squadron, Chaplains Ellis and Bailey were introduced at the beginning of the meeting by the squadron chaplain, (CH) Lt. Col. August Peters.
03/28/2012—Mount Airy squadron holds awards banquet
The Mt. Airy Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing recently held its annual awards banquet to recognize the efforts of its members during 2011.
03/25/2012—Upper Montgomery Composite Squadron makes the news
The Upper Montgomery Composite Squadron showcased Civil Air Patrol programs in a Gazette.Net article.
03/25/2012—Maryland says goodbye
Last Saturday, Maryland bid farewell to Lt. Col. Robert L. Ayres.
03/25/2012—Maryland Wing featured in USAF newscast
USAF featured the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol in a recent online news broadcast.
03/21/2012—Maryland Cadets Earn Air Force Pilot Slots
Four current and former Maryland Wing cadets are among those earning highly competitive pilot training slots through their AFROTC training programs.
03/18/2012—Maryland members visit Congress
On March 1, members of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing spent the day visiting Maryland’s eight federal representatives and two senators during Civil Air Patrol’s National Legislative Day. Maryland Wing’s two teams and, working with Maryland Wing commander Col. John Knowles and the Wing Legislative liaison officer, Lt. Col. Rory Garnice,delivered briefings to each congressional office, providing details on CAP’s efforts during 2011 with a special emphasis on the work done by Maryland Wing’s almost 1,600 volunteer professionals.
03/07/2012—Harford squadron members receive county council proclamation
Nine members of the Harford Composite Squadron recently received proclamations from the Harford County Council for their work during Hurricane Irene.
02/26/2012—Hagerstown squadron celebrates 70th anniversary
Hagerstown Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron held its annual awards banquet on February 4. During the event the squadron recognized the efforts of many of its members and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the squadron.
02/22/2012—Two Maryland Wing trailers burn at St. Mary’s Regional Airport
Early Wednesday morning, two trailers belonging to the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol caught fire at St. Mary’s Regional Airport in Leonardtown, Maryland.
02/08/2012—Harford squadron holds change of command
Maj. Jeff Koubek, CAP, commander of Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Harford Composite Squadron, relinquished command to Lt. Col. Eric Tiso, CAP, in a ceremony recently at the squadron headquarters located at Harford Airport in Churchville, Md.
02/08/2012—Winter emergency services training weekend 35 CAP members
Three Group II squadrons participated in a two day winter emergency services training weekend.
02/02/2012—Maryland Wing's '70 for 70' campaign begins
The Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing Recruiting and Retention staff has launched the 2012 membership recruitment campaign named “70 for 70.” In recognition of Civil Air Patrol’s 70th birthday this year, the goal is to recruit 70 new members to the Wing. Squadrons will compete for the most recruited members over the year with the top squadron winning a squadron activity at an A-10C aircraft simulator.
01/30/2012—Squadron Leadership School held in St. Mary's
Fourteen members of the Civil Air Patrol from both Maryland and National Capitol Wings graduated from a Squadron Leadership School (SLS) held at the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center on January 14 and 15.
01/30/2012—Civil Air Patrol’s budget fully restored
The U.S. Congress has fully restored Civil Air Patrol’s fiscal year 2012 budget. As a result, all flying operations are not only back to normal, but more money is also available in this year’s budget for Air Force mission training and cadet orientation flights than CAP had last year.
01/09/2012—Hagerstown squadron teams with Pennsylvania Wing for exercise
Ground teams and aircrews from Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Hagerstown Composite Squadron and Pennsylvania Wing’s Bedford Composite Squadron recently joined the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Rangers, the McConnellsburg Fire Company 56, the Mercersburg-Montgomery-Peters-Warren Fire Company 9, Air Methods’ Life-Net Helicopter MedEvac, and other Maryland Wing and Pennsylvania Wing CAP staff for a practice search and rescue exercise mission.
01/07/2012—Osprey members honor veterans at Wreaths Across America
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Osprey Composite Squadron participated in Wreaths Across America, a national program to honor our fallen veterans, at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.
01/07/2012—Three Martin squadron cadets earn Earhart Award
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron awarded three Amelia Earhart awards during an annual banquet held at the Warfield Air National Guard dining hall in Middle River, Md.
01/03/2012—College Park Squadron Receives DEA Award
During Red Ribbon Week in Washington, DC, Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's College Park Composite Squadron was honored with the 2011 Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Community Drug Prevention Award.
01/02/2012—Mount Airy member visit air traffic control facilities
Eighteen members from Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Mt. Airy Composite Squadron recently visited the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Dulles Airport Tower at Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va.