13 July 2017, Thursday Meeting

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, gathered for their regularly scheduled Thursday meeting at the Carroll County Senior Center, Mt Airy, on 13 July 2017 . The meeting began with opening ceremony, drill practice and drill tests. Cadets must successfully show proficiency in drill as part of the promotion process to achieve the next rank.

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Pitt gave a speech about how practice, and even making mistakes, helps to make you a better leader. She provided examples of mistakes she made as she advanced in rank, how she learned from them, and why they helped her become a better leader.

Lt Col Trombley, Deputy Commander Mt Airy Composite Squadron, explained what Emergency Services is and what it does to protect our community, state, and nation. He also talked about requirements needed to perform Emergency Services such as ICUT (radio communications), First Aid and CPR. Cadets then went over the five major types of heat and cold injuries. Deputy Commander Trombley went over the different signs and symptoms of the injuries and ways to prevent and treat them; they are as follow:

  • Heat Cramps – Heat cramps are painful, brief muscle cramps. Muscles may spasm or jerk involuntarily. Heat cramps can occur during exercise or work in a hot environment or begin a few hours later.
  • Heat Exhaustion – a condition of physical weakness or collapse often accompanied by nausea, muscle cramps, and dizziness, that is caused by exposure to intense heat
  • Heat Stroke – a condition marked by fever and often by unconsciousness, caused by failure of the body’s temperature-regulating mechanism when exposed to excessively high temperatures.
  • Frost Bite – injury to body tissues caused by exposure to extreme cold, typically affecting the nose, fingers, or toes and sometimes resulting in gangrene.
  • Hyperthermia – the condition of having a body temperature greatly above normal.

The meeting was concluded with announcements and encouragement for personal growth and development. During closing formation the following promotions were awarded:

  • Cadet Airman 1st Class Albertson promoted to Cadet Senior Airman (C/SrAmn)
  • Cadet Technical Sgt Buchheit promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant (C/MSgt
  • Cadet Chief Master Sgt Buzzard promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2nd Lt)

    Article by: Cadet Senior Airman Amy Franklin

    Photos by: Cadet Chief Master Sergeant  Raegan Buzzard

22June 2017, Fourth Week Meeting

Thursday, 22 June 2017, Mt Airy Composite Squadron gathered for their regularly scheduled fourth week meeting at the Carroll County Senior and Community Center in Mt Airy. The meeting began with cadet blues (dress uniform) inspections. When reciting the Cadet Oath, a cadet pledges to “wear my uniform properly” and regular uniform inspections help leaders motivate cadets
to set high standards for themselves.

After inspection, Lt. Buchheit and Lt. Smith-Velazquez went over cyber security and how important it is to stay safe. Cadets were shown a website called digitalattackmap.com to see the different cyber threats happening all around the globe. Afterwards, everyone watched a short video about a program called CyberPatriot. The CyberPatriot program allows Cadets throughout the nation to in participate in competitions where they are put into teams and can compete against each other to win prizes.

Cadets also did character development. This month, character development was about a cadet who was given $100 to buy lunch for the other members, after giving everyone their change, he was left with $10 extra. Cadets were put into groups and answered a series of questions like how did that happen and what he should do with the money. At the end of the meeting, awards and promotions were announced and everyone congratulated the following individuals:

  • Award: Cadet Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Messick (Wright Brothers Certificate)
  • Promotions:
    • Cadet Airman Seth Moses;
    • Cadet Airman 1st Class Jackson Curtis;
    • Cadet Senior Airman Amy Franklin;
    • Cadet Technical Sergeant Mitch Walker

Article by: Cadet Senior Airman Amy Franklin

Photos by: 2nd Lt Patti Messick

 

2017 Mt Airy Fireworks

3 July 2017, the fifth annual Mt Airy Fireworks, held at the Mt Airy Fire Company Carnival Grounds, “ . . . was without a doubt the biggest year yet!” according to the Mt Airy Fireworks website. While the community came together with tents, mobile furniture and games, Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, was there to assist with parking, crowd and traffic control. Twenty-one cadets and senior members attended the event to assist the Mt Airy Police and Sheriff Department in this endeavor.

Armed with orange painted PVC batons and paint sticks, the cadets (ages 12 to 18), parents, senior members and volunteers positioned themselves to facilitate the press of parking patrons. After the fireworks, these stalwart volunteers assisted the police and sheriff departments handle the mass exodus of vehicles and pedestrians. Cadets learn to lead by doing. Civil Air Patrol is one of the best volunteer organizations, dedicated to serving community and nation. It instills the core values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect.

“I am proud to serve with each and everyone of you!  You Cadets are our future!,” Commander Ray Buzzard, Mt Airy Composite Squadron.

2017 Civil Air Patrol Hot Air Balloon Academy

2017 June 14-22, Hot air balloon flight and training is alive and well within the Civil Air Patrol community at the Johnson Flight Academy in Mattoon, Illinois. Eight cadets, ages fourteen years and older with encampment experience, are accepted into this program, offered once a year. Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Raegan Buzzard from the Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing, was fortunate to be one of the cadets chosen for this 2017 National Cadet Activity.

Chief Buzzard was housed at the Eastern Illinois University dormitories in Charleston, IL and flight operations were conducted at Coles County Memorial Airport in Mattoon, IL. Hands-on flight training encompassed layout to launch procedures, navigation, landing, recovery, post-flight procedures and emergency operations. Flight instruction included weather theory and reports, the national airspace system and airport operations. The hot air balloons launched at sunrise and sunset, weather permitting, and cadets learned about the effects of weather on flight in a very tangible way. Written and hands-on testing concluded the program; cadets earned pre-solo wings upon successful completion.

The hot-air balloon ten-day program overlaps the glider and powered flight activities; cadets enjoyed the additional camaraderie of both schools and engaged in trading information, traditions, excitement and fun. Activity Director, Major Robert Bowden, stated, “JFA draws cadets from across the country. It is a unique activity because it brings together cadets all with a love of flying. Only at JFA can you receive hands-on flight training in powered aircraft, gliders or hot air balloons.  Many cadets attend for three years to attend all three programs.”

2017 June Isaac Walton League Visit

This week’s meeting was held on Wednesday, 14 June at the Izaak Walton League, future meeting site of the Mt. Airy Squadron (MD-091). After opening formation, the Vice President of the Izaak Walton League provided an orientation and safety briefing to all the seniors, cadets, and parents that were present.   He spoke about what the league could offer, the land, and the safety boundaries; where cadets are off limits. After the orientation/safety briefing, everyone was taken on a tour of the league property.  Cadets were shown the boundary lines for safety and interesting features of the league, such as inside the mechanism that shoots target disks in the air for disk shooting. In addition, instructors for IWLA archery program were present and discussed their program and available classes – additional information about the archery program can be found at www.mtairyiwla.org/archery.

After the tour, Lt Col Trombley spoke to the cadets about tests, first aid and CPR training that need to be completed to participate in CAP events. After that, Cadet 1st Lt Flanick talked to cadets about encampment, what to expect, his experience at encampment and how he enjoyed the learning environment on becoming a better leader. He then answered questions that cadets had about encampment.

Article by: Cadet Senior Airman Amy Franklin

Photos by: 2nd Lt Patti Messick

2017 June Aerospace Meeting

The meeting began with C/CMSgt Scott and C/CMSgt Buzzard conducting an inspection of Cadets Battle Dress Uniform (BDUs). Uniform inspections are opportunities for leaders to identify and provide instruction to help cadets meet CAP standards. Cadets then practiced stationary drill and marching.

After inspection and drill, 1st Lt Laura Smith-Velazquez talked to cadets about meteorology.
Lt Smith-Velazquez explained that meteorology is the study of weather and the atmosphere. She also went over the differences of weather and climate, what matter is, how Earth receives energy, and many more interesting facts. She also told us how she uses meteorology in her work in designing flight desks.

Colonel Buzzard made announcements and went over upcoming events that included next week’s meeting being held at the Izaak Walton League of America, flying rockets at C/1st Lt Flanick’s farm, parking and crowd control at the Mt Airy July 3rd Fireworks Celebration, and cadets going to the Encampment. Cadet Seth Moses, the squadron’s newest cadet, achieved and was awarded the rank of Airman.

Article by: Cadet Senior Airman Amy Franklin

Photos by: 2nd Lt Patti Messick

June Rocket Launch

The rain held off as Mt Airy Composite Squadron enjoyed another rocket launch Saturday. Civil Air Patrol family, Bruce and Karyn Flanick, hosted the scheduled informal rocketry event on June 17, 2017. The aerospace program continues to soar. New cadets and families joined in to achieve the on-hands portion of the Civil Air Patrol Rocketry program. Aerospace Officer, Cadet Lieutenant Daniel Flanick and Aerospace Non-commissioned Officer Cadet Technical Sergeant James Buchheit stepped up and engaged the new cadets and their siblings.

The goal is to achieve the rocketry badge. The Civil Air Patrol model rocketry program features three levels of achievement, painting and finishing techniques, advanced models, alternative sources of power. In addition, the history of four rocket pioneers, the science of Newton’s laws of motion and more are explored in classroom and hands-on applications. The program provides opportunities for camaraderie, science, technology, engineering, math and leadership.

Senior mentoring was plentiful with the attendance of Aerospace Officer Jim Buchheit, Commander Ray Buzzard, Deputy Commander Dean Trombley and Lieutenant Brian Winters, Drug Demand Reduction Officer. Lieutenant Winters gave a briefing on the drug reduction program within CAP and a rocket sporting the text logo “DDRexcellence” was launched.

Isaac Walton League Sharpshooter Team Competition

The Mt. Airy Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, founded in 1947,  hosted the Mt. Airy Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Composite Squadron’s Honor Guard for the opening ceremonies. The event, Maryland Scholastic State Shooting competition, was held on Saturday, June 3rd. The Mt. Airy Sharpshooters team competed in this state-wide trap shooting competition.

The Mt. Airy Sharpshooters is a youth trap shooting program that participates in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).  The SCTP is a youth development program, providing school-aged youth with a positive experience in shooting sports. The program is focused on instilling in young athletes a set of personal values and character traits for fair play, compassionate understanding, teamwork, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and personal commitment; qualities that will serve them well in sports, but more importantly, serve them throughout their lives. SCTP participants learn the safe and responsible handling and use of firearms.

The Mt. Airy CAP squadron has three cadets that are a part of the Mt. Airy Sharpshooter team: Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Ashley Pitt, Cadet Technical Sergeant James Buchheit and Cadet Airman Basic Jackson Curtis. During the state-wide shoot, 12 squads competed with 4-5 shooters per squad and of those squads, Cadet Technical Sergeant Buchheit’s squad ranked first place in the Junior Varsity (JV) division and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Pitt’s Squad came in second place in the JV division. Of note, Cadet Airman Basic Curtis was not available to compete in this competition.

Congratulations to all Mt. Airy Sharpshooter CAP cadets for a job well done! Mt Airy Composite Squadron was delighted to provide the colors and kindle future cooperation  with the Mt Airy Chapter of the Isaac Walton League of America. Additional thanks go to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Pitt for her fact finding and writing contributions.