2018 September Aerospace night at IWLA

12 September 2018 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met for the second meeting of the month for its first full time meeting at a new location, the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), Mt Airy Chapter. Going forward, all meetings will be held on Wednesdays at the Izaak Walton League of America. Physical Training held on the first week of every month may begin at a different location but will end at the IWLA; track location will be announced on the plan of the day.

It’s that time of year again and ‘The Wings of Freedom Tour’ is coming to Carroll County Regional Airport/Jack B. Poage Field, Westminster MD. Carroll Composite Squadron is making the rounds, visiting and inviting neighboring squadrons to assist in the air show. This evening, Carroll Composite visited with Mt Airy Composite and conducted an aerospace history lesson in preparation for the event.

Senior member Lee Milliner presented Civil Air Patrol Five Pillars of Wellness and Resilience to the squadron. The Civil Air Patrol adopted the “Five-Pillars of Wellness and Resilience” to promote living in “wellness” and having good habits that allow all members resiliency during times of stress. Mr Milliner holds the position of Character Development Instructor, he teaches ethical thinking and decision making through monthly case study seminars. His job, as Character Development Instructor, can make a tremendous difference in the life of every cadet; mentoring and instructing them in CAP’s core values of integrity, respect, excellence, and volunteer service.

“The five pillars are Mind, Body, Relationships, Spirit, and Family.  They represent the focus areas that contribute to our personal level of “wellness.” This personal wellness enables us to operate at our best, sustaining us during times of stress and making us resilient to the difficulties of life.  This helps us to be successful as CAP Volunteer Airmen.”  (Maj. Gen. Mark Smith)

photos by C/1st Lt Raegan Buzzard

New Glider Camp Launched in West Virginia

Petersburg, West Virginia. Mount Airy Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), C/1stLt Raegan Buzzard took advantage of a new glider minicamp offered by a little-known private asset located within the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. The Eastern Soaring Center (ESC) is owned and operated by pilot Brian Collins. A retired United States Air Force (USAF) Colonel, Brian Collins learned to fly and instruct in glider piloting at the USAF Academy.  He is a Certified Flight Instructor in Gliders (CFI-G), an SSA Instructor (Soaring Society of America) and a Glider Check pilot Examiner with CAP Maryland Wing.The facility offers one of the most exciting form of glider launch; winch launch, and one of the geographically highest winch launch operations on the East Coast. For the region, it is the closest year-round, weekday (and weekend) operation serving Washington D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Northern Virginia and the surrounding mid-Atlantic region.

The ESC glider camp is a focused program designed to accommodate groups of two or three students at a time. ESC coordinates a timetable that is convenient to the students within ESC’s year-round schedule. Starting on a Thursday morning and ending Saturday (depending on weather delays), students can expect to get 15-20 flights with a pre-solo as the goal for the first camp. The cost is significantly discounted for CAP cadets. Lodging options in the area include on-airport camping, usually free to CAP members (showers and covered pavilions are available) and numerous hotel/motels are in the area. One approvedadult volunteer (or parent) is required for participants under the age of 18. This individual must accompany the participant and chaperon during non-flying periods; flight experience is not required but appreciated. For more information about ESC visit www.EasternSoaringCenter.com  This camp is a self-funded opportunity for anyone to secure additional glider flights above and beyond what the CAP glider program may offer.

Since the 1960s, the CAP Glider Program has been designed primarily for cadet participation. Recently, General Mark E. Smith, CAP National Commander, stated, “The Glider Program plays an important role in accomplishing Civil Air Patrol’s mission by offering a unique, effective and cost-efficient method of providing both orientation flying and pilot training. These attributes will only increase in importance as CAP is called upon to assist in resolving the national pilot shortage and increase youth interest in aviation careers.”

Gen. Smith’s comments were presented in the article, “Why Flying Gliders Makes Safer Pilots,” “Glider Soaring gets more people involved in flying and turns out pilots with outstanding stick-and-rudder skills” aswritten by Murry I. Rozansky who did a thorough job of describing the benefits of becoming a glider pilot. In short, “By learning from the past, we can get more pilots in the air, especially young people flying with outstanding stick-and-rudder skills. A glider can be soloed at age 14. The importance of starting kids flying at a younger age can’t be underestimated.” The ESC “glider camp” is not an approved CAP cadet activity. It is self-funded and provides a fantastic opportunity to get glider flights above and beyond what the Civil Air Patrol glider program may offer.

Mount Airy Composite Squadron is a composite of both senior and youth programs whose members are drawn from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties. The Squadron meets Wednesday nights, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter, IWLA 6642, Mt Airy Maryland. Have a passion for aviation, dream of flight, are considering a career in the military? Want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills? Join us. Youths, ages 12 to 18, parents and adults interested in the cadet or senior program are always welcome to drop in. For more information, contact Commander Laura Smith-Velazquez at lsmith@cap.gov or view our website at mtairy-cap.org.

Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.orgor follow the wing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

Photo Bylines:

  • ESC-Landing: Glider landing at Grant County Airport (W99) in Petersburg, WV
  • 20170917_CAP_Oflight: Brian Collins and Mt Airy Composite Squadron’s Cadet Raegan Buzzard, Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol


Squadron makes official move to Izaak Walton League of America

It’s been a year in the making, the Mt Airy Composite Squadron has officially moved to Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter, IWLA 6642. Having achieved a unit consensus, meeting nights have now moved to Wednesdays. The new location will foster an opportunity to grow in programs and membership. We look forward to working with the Izaak Walton League and are grateful for their support. See you all there.

  • Physical Training is observed the first week of every month; this is the only meeting that begins at a different location and will end at IWLA. A Plan Of The Day is issued by the Cadet Commander every week detailing meeting location and agenda. Casual fitness clothing (black shirt, black shorts), weather appropriate is the uniform of the day.
  • Aerospace Education is the main topic of the second week of every month. The uniform of the day is generally Class B Blues.
  • Emergency Services training and preparation provides the material for the third week of every month. The IWLA is the perfect setting for continuing this program. The uniform of the day is ABU’s (or BDU’s if that is what you have).
  • The fourth week is Promotion Night. Cadets report in their Dress Blues, Class A (or B with tie if they don’t have a coat). Parents are invited to help celebrate their accomplishments. We are privileged to enjoy a truly unique group of motivated youths who are eager to learn, lead and fly.

2018 August23 – Promotion Night

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, met at the Mt Airy VFW, Post 10076, meeting room on the fourth Thursday in August 2018 at 1900. The meeting progressed with opening ceremonies, drill, testing and promotion boards. After a busy summer of National Cadet Special Activities and Encampment, the cadets were ready to promote and exhibit their new leadership abilities. Cadets Micah Mulhern and Conner McGarrah enthusiastically joined the program during this busy summer season and achieved their first promotion. Cadet Conner Snyder achieved his Wright Brothers Award and Cadet Aurora Albertson passed her Billy Mitchell tests (stay tuned for an official award certificate presentation later). Cadet Dimitry Madsen earned the Cadet of the Quarter, for April – June, and promoted to Technical Sergeant. Cadets Snyder and Grasley were recognized for their outstanding performance at summer encampment and Cadet Grasley promoted to Senior Master Sergeant.

Commander Daniel Flanick continues his progress toward Spaatz. Having completed Achievement 16, he delivered an inspirational speech in preparation for the Eaker. Taking advantage of the fine weather, the squadron gathered outside for his delivery. His topic, “How to Continue to Develop personal leadership ability without the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program,” was  a three step program that should work given any scenario:


2018 August 02 Physical Training

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, met at South Carroll High School Track and Field and then proceeded to Mt Airy VFW, Post 10076, meeting room on the first Thursday in August 2018 at 1900.

Commander Laura Smith-Velazquez and Cadet Major Daniel Flanick introduced static and dynamic stretching. Following the static exercises the cadets executed their timed run. Working in this way, the cadets have steadily improved their performance and embraced the concept of encouragement and team building. Back at the meeting room, the safety brief examined the mechanics, focus and form of static and dynamic stretches.

June 2018 Promotion Night

28 June 2018 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Mt Airy Veterans of Foreign War, meeting room, for its regularly scheduled Thursday meeting at 0700. This evening’s activities included cyber training, drug demand reduction and discussion, drill and inspections, a guest speaker and promotions.

Special guest speaker Bob Weller joined the squadron for an evening of reminiscences. Mr. Weller has enjoyed the grade of 1stLieutenant within Civil Air Patrol and retired from the U.S. Air Force as an Air Controller. He regaled the group with his career path and experience.

The Squadron continues to experience inspirational growth and promotion within its membership and family. Welcome Micah Mulhern and Conner Mc Garrah, our newest cadets and family members. The following promotions were observed and celebrated:

  • Cadet Senior Airman Conner Snyder
  • Cadet Staff Sergeant Dimitry Madsen
  • Cadet Master Sergeant Katherine Grasley
  • Cadet Master Sergeant Dylan Marty
  • Senior Member 2ndLt Dawn Madsen

Photos by 1st Lt Mary Alvarado


Mt Airy Composite Squadron Cadets embrace new challenges

June 2018. Mt Airy, Md.Mt Airy Composite Squadron, a unit of the Maryland Wing (MDWG), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet cadre proudly displays a “Can Do” attitude and commitment to excellence. Following the cadet program mission to transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders, our cadetsare young leaders-in-training who think seriously about their futures. This summer will be a busy one for Mt Airy cadets as they participate in various special activities designed to enhance their skills and provide opportunities to excel in achievement.

Mt Airy cadets C/MSgt Katherine Grasley, C/TSgt Dylan Marty, C/SrA Dimitry Madsen and C/SrA Conner Snyder will begin their leadership journey as they participate in the West Virginia Wing, Encampment. C/MSgt Jackson Curtis will also journey to this encampment as a cadet cadre staff leader. Encampment is a full immersion, military-style, training environment that inspires cadets to develop leadership skills, learn aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise and solidify their moral character. It is an intensive environment that challenges cadets to move beyond their normal comfort zones and fosters personal growth.  Cadets are provided opportunities to participate in team building exercises, orientation flights, leadership courses and emergency services training. Cadets must attend an encampment to qualify for access to CAP’s National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA) Programs.

Beyond the core CAP cadet program curriculum, cadets have opportunities to follow their own interests and explore potential careers. The higher a cadet advances in cadet grade, the greater breadth of opportunities become available. NCSA programs are national programs that require cadets to qualify for through a nationwide selection process. NCSA’s provide cadets with hands-on experience, opportunities to develop and practice skills under the guidance of experienced CAP senior members and certified pilot instructors. This summer, several Mt Airy cadets applied for and met the qualifying selection criteria for NCSA participation. C/Maj Daniel Flanick and C/MSgt Grasley will attend Regional Cadet Leadership Academies (RCLA). Having already attended a RCLA, C/CMSgt Aurora Albertson will attend the Model Aircraft and Remote-Control Flight Academy and the Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue School. C/1stLt. Raegan Buzzard will attend both the NFA-Great Lakes Region Powered Flight Academy and the Cyber Defense Training Academy. Buzzard previously attended RCLA and Hot Air Balloon Academy last summer and the Civic Leadership Academy earlier this spring. Cadets advance their level of experience, embrace new challenges and in many instances, establish their life-long career goals by progressing through the CAP cadet program and taking advantage of the many programs offered through CAP NCSA’s.

Mount Airy Composite Squadron is a composite of both senior and youth programs whose members are drawn from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties. The Squadron meets Thursday nights, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Mt Airy Veterans of Foreign War, Post 10076, 107 S. Main, Mt Airy, Maryland. Have a passion for aviation, dream of flight, are considering a career in the military? Want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills? Join us. Youths, ages 12 to 18, parents and adults interested in the cadet or senior program are always welcome to drop in. For more information, contact Commander Laura Smith-Velazquez at lsmith@cap.govFollow Mt Airy squadron on Facebook at https://goo.gl/wNFmdJ

Photo credit:1stLt. Mary Alvarado

24 May 2018 Promotion Week Meeting

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, met at the Mt Airy VFW, Post 10076, meeting room on the fourth Thursday in May 2018 at 1900. The meeting progressed with opening ceremonies, drill and drill testing. A cyber and social media awareness lesson was conducted by Commander Laura Smith-Velazquez and Cadet Master Sergeant Dylan Marty gave a refresher course on Customs and Courtesies.

Special guests from the VFW were in attendance. VFW Commander Landon Becker presented the VFW NCO of the Year (2017) to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Aurora Albertson and VFW Cadet of the Year (2017) to Cadet First Lieutenant Raegan Buzzard. Also in attendance was retired Brigadier General Mark Bailey. He made time to talk to the cadets about his personal road to leadership and applauded their efforts and enthusiasm.

photos by 1st Lt Alvarado