Sometimes selfless service can lead to some surprisingly exciting opportunities and learning experiences. Thomas Edison was quoted in saying “Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” On 18 September 2016, Mt Airy Composite Squadron participated in the Maryland Wing, Group 1 Air National Guard Cook Team. They joined forces with Bethesda Chevy Chase, Parkland and Upper Montgomery squadrons to serve the noon meal and assist in cleanup duties as needed.
Master Sergeant Pettigrew arranged a tour of the Maryland Air National Guard’s 175th Fire and Emergency Services and Martin State Airport Crash Fire Rescue Station’s state-of-the-art facility while the meal preparations were being finalized. The cadets marched over and were introduced to Technical Sergeant Weglein, who welcomed everyone and gave a brief overview. Senior Airman Cherry then took over and provided a hand-on approach to the training equipment, response vehicles and office quarters at the facility. The highlight of the tour was the A10 training cockpit. The firemen were patient and encouraging. They assisted the cadets in trying out the equipment, answered the plethora of questions and enjoyed the overabundant enthusiasm exhibited. Lieutenant Brandenberg joined the cadets to thank them for choosing to volunteer their time to serve the Air National Guard; he offered encouragement in their pursuits and graciously joined in a group photo.
Back at the Dining Hall, the staff was better prepared to put the cadets to work. Ice bins filled, plates served and dishes washed. Service was done with a smile and eagerness to do a job well. The reservists responded to the zeal displayed. Brigadier General Randolph J. Staudenaraus, casually dressed in a flight suit, walked over to the senior members table (Lt Col Buzzard, Maj Trombley, Senior Member Trombley and 2nd Lt Alvarado) and thanked them for the Civil Air Patrol cadet involvement. Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Baker, as the cadet with highest rank, was asked to meet the General and represent the cadet group. The General made arrangements for the Cook Team to get a tour of the Maintenance Hanger after interest and enthusiasm for the A10 was clearly exhibited by both cadets and senior members. Senior member Lt Donahoe, from Bethesda Chevy Chase squadron, missed the introduction and chose to continue working in the kitchen; he was elbow deep in pots and pans, taking the most thankless jobs and providing an inspirational example of selfless service.
The Cook Team marched over to the Maintenance Hanger where they met with Chief Master Sergeant Queen. If ever there was a man who loved his work, it was Chief Queen. He began the cadets with the A-10 Attack Aircraft, affectionately called the “Warthog”. “Miss Revenge” and “Sure Thing” were introduced along with a short history of their service. Training incendiary devices were prominently on display; their names and statistics were explained. Chief Queen then demonstrated his passion for teaching as he encouraged any cadet interested to participate in a hands-on approach to learning about the aircraft; he patiently answered questions, demonstrated how the consoles worked, supervised cadet interaction and introduced new and varied career choices. Thank you, 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard.
Cadet Master Sergeant Jason Lohoefer did a great job sharing his volunteer firefighter knowledge with Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, on 8 September 2016. His pride and dedication were evident in his enthusiasm and demeanor.
Cadets were presented with an opportunity to handle the fire fighting personal equipment and ask questions. As a bonus, the cadets timed Cadet Master Sergeant Lohoefer as he hustled to put on his gear within the ninety seconds allowed when responding to a typical emergency call. He described each piece of equipment, how it was used and the purpose it was designed to serve. The apparel and equipment approximately weigh a cumulative fifty pounds and represent roughly eight to ten thousand dollars worth of gear.
Culminating the presentation with a bit of light reading, Lohoefer presented his text manual and study workbook. The text manual was about two inches thick and titled: Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills. Cadet Master Sergeant Lohoefer has obviously found it very rewarding to serve his community in this way. He dedicates his time and effort toward achieving the required certifications that will help keep himself and his brothers-in arms safe while performing his duties as a first responder and firefighter.
“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell
Mt Airy Composite Squadron joined Bethesda Chevy Chase Composite Squadron on a Maryland Wing, Group 1, SAREX training mission on 10 September 2016. They gathered at Little Bennett Regional Park, Montgomery County, Maryland. Cadet Second Lieutenant Santos completed some of the familiarization and preparatory training with the assembled five cadets and two seniors while Major Knowles staged the mission scenario. The cadets practiced moving as part of a search line, employed scanning techniques while on foot, practiced communicating to other members of a search line and learned how to use whistle signals.
After establishing clues Major Knowles, Deputy Commander for Cadets at Bethesda Chevy Chase Composite Squadron, returned and passed out maps of Little Bennett Regional Park and provided the mission search scenario. The cadets suited up with their 24-hour packs, radios were passed out and tasks were assigned. Given the map and briefing, the team leader chose a hasty search pattern. The team began at a known trailhead and proceeded through a variety of terrain and trail switches. Radio contact with mission central was executed every hour and when a clue or major event occurred. Mission central also contacted mission ground when additional information became available.
Roughly one and a half hours into the search, the missing subject was found. The sortie then discussed proper procedure and protocols. Mission base was contacted; safety and first aid measures were discussed. Second Lieutenant Santos then led the sortie back to the trailhead where a debriefing took place. Everyone contributed something to the learning experience and the event was a success.
Mt Airy Composite Squadron cadets, senior members and family gathered at the Flanick Farm on August 27 to launch rockets assembled on August 11. The event provided the opportunity for members to assemble their second rocket, as prescribed by the program. Everyone stepped up to help with materials and guidance.
A special thanks goes to Mr. Flanick who provided his property and special expertise throughout the event. The cadet launches achieved a variety of heights, neighborly visits, a few bloopers and lots of educational opportunities to learn from the variety.
2016-08_MD-091_Newsletter Aug 2016
MILESTONE AWARDS CEREMONY
MT AIRY COMPOSITE SQUADRON gathered on 2016 July 28 to celebrate esprit de corps and
achievement. The evening was hosted by Lt Col Raymond Buzzard and special guests in attendance were
Lt Col Rory Garice, Group 1 Commander, MD Wing and Maj Steve Weinhold, Group 1 Deputy Commander,
MD Wing. The following recognitions were made: Commander’s Commendation Award, eighteen National
Commander’s Unit Citation Award ribbons, sixteen Red Service Ribbons, one Community Service Ribbon
and two General Billy Mitchell Awards. photos by 2nd Lt Patti Messick
The Mt Airy Squadron was asked for a return engagement in assisting with parking and crowd control at: The Fifth Annual Celebrate Independence Day event for the Town of Mount Airy, Maryland.
Held at the Firemen’s Activities Grounds, this year’s event had extra fields for parking and seating. Mt Airy Squadron directed traffic, filled the parking lots in a smooth efficient manner and directed families toward safe passage to festival fun. General parking began at 4pm and within three hours the parking lots were filled to capacity. Our cadets became proficient at signaling cars and keeping the traffic moving.
The Squadron is proud to say that the event went amazingly well. The pedestrians were very cooperative and the drivers were very patient. Thanks go to the Sheriffs Department who worked with our cadets and helped maintain order.
Mt Airy Composite Squadron gathered on April 09, 2016 to recognize members for their hard work over the past year. In addition, Mt Airy had a Squadron Commander Change of Command Ceremony.
Maj Weinhold has had a distinguished record of service to the community of Civil Air Patrol and especially to the Mt Airy Squadron. He has accepted a position within Group 1, Maryland Wing, and is moving up. His is a hard act to follow. Lt Col Buzzard will do his best to assume the dutiful position of Squadron Commander.
Cadet Awards were presented for: Best Physical Fitness – C/Am Elliott; Best Precision Drill – C/Am Messick; Outstanding Leadership Initiative – C/CMSgt Weinhold. There was also a Senior Member Promotion, 1st Lt Medina
Participating in the ceremony were: Lt Col R. Garnice, Group 1 Commander; TSgt C. D. Ray, Air Force Sergeants Association; Lt. Col J. McLellan; and Mr. Flanick. The evening was celebrated with family, friends and a remarkable dinner created by 2d Lt M. Lohoefer.
February 11, 2016 by 2nd LT Mary Alvarado
Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing, Mt Airy Composite Squadron, under the command of Maj Weinhold, observed the symbolic tradition of passing the flag. It is always difficult to follow in the footsteps of a good leader. Mt Airy was twice blessed in having to choose a successor from two amazing candidates.
Decision made, Color Guard polished, family and friends assembled, the flag was passed from C/Lt Boline to C/CMSgt Flanick. In addition to the change of command, two outstanding cadets, C/CMSgt Weinhold and C/CMSgt Huey were presented with the Armstrong Award. The evening of military tradition was topped off with inspirational speeches, camaraderie and light refreshments.