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.

2017 Cadet Change of Command

On the evening of May 25, 2017, the Mount Airy Composite Squadron (MD-091) held a Change of Cadet Command and Awards Ceremony at the Mt Airy Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) banquet room, downtown Mt Airy. Lieutenant Colonel Ray Buzzard, Commander Mt Airy Composite Squadron, presided over the event.

The Change of Command is a time-honored ceremony designed to mark the occasion when the responsibility of command is passed from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander. On this night, Cadet First Lieutenant Flanick stepped down as the squadron’s Cadet Commander and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Scott assumed the duties and responsibilities. The ceremony began with the posting of the colors; Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Buzzard and Cadet Staff Sergeant Messick carried rifles, while Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Lohoefer and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Pitt carried the American flag and the Maryland flag, respectively.

The following medals were earned and recognized during the awards portion of the ceremony: VFW Cadet Officer of the Year, C/1st Lt Daniel Flanick; VFW Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year, C/Chief Master Sgt. Raegan Buzzard; and Air Force Sergeants Association Mt Airy Composite Squadron Sergeant of the Year, C/Senior Master Sgt. Jason Lohoefer. Promotions acknowledged Cadet Technical Sergeant Buchheit and some of the squadron’s newest cadets – Sarah Panah, Ryan and Daniel Larocca all promoted to Airmen Basic.

Along with the Change of Command, new leadership positions were assigned to current staff members and new staff members were given their first leadership role, as follows:

  • Deputy Cadet Commander: Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Buzzard
  • Cadet Executive Officer: Cadet First Lieutenant Flanick
  • Cadet Flight Commander: Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Lohoefer
  • Cadet First Sergeant: Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Pitt
  • Cadet Flight Sergeant: Cadet Technical Sergeant Buchheit
  • Element Leader #1: Cadet Staff Sergeant Walker
  • Element Leader #2: Cadet Staff Sergeant Messick

After a few announcements about upcoming events and pictures, the cadets and their families enjoyed cake, refreshments, and fellowship. New NCO Public Affairs Officer, Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin was instrumental in writing this article. Second Lieutenant Patti Messick was in attendance to document the event in photos.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

The Mount Airy Composite Squadron meets at 7pm Thursdays at the Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mt Airy MD. If esprit de corps, camaraderie, and leadership are part of your vocabulary, we welcome you to join us. If you have a passion for aviation, are considering a career in the military, or want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills, this is for you. Youths, ages 12 to 18, and parents are always welcome to drop in. For more information about Mt Airy Composite Squadron, contact Commander Ray Buzzard at cap12ram@gmail.com.

May 2017 Graduation Commencement

First Lieutenant Daniel Flanick, Cadet Commander Mt Airy Composite Squadron, celebrated his graduation commencement at Mountain View Community Church on 2017 May 20; Mt Airy Composite Squadron was there to provide Color Guard Ceremony. Command of the Color Guard was held by Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Jason Lohoefer, the rest of the guard team consisted of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Raegan Buzzard, Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Ashley Pitt and Cadet Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Messick.

Daniel joined Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, October 2011. His accomplishments include Maryland Wing and Squadron Color Guard, Encampment, Flight Sergeant, Flight Commander and Cadet Squadron Commander. He was the 2016 Air Force Association Cadet of the Year and the 2016 VFW Officer of the Year. The Civil Air Patrol cadet program provides opportunities for the learning, maturing and nurturing of leadership for young Americans ages 12-20; Daniel has taken full advantage of what Civil Air Patrol has to offer and has excelled in all capacities. Mt Airy Composite Squadron has benefitted from his membership and was honored to participate in his graduation commencement.

2017 Celtic Festival

The Mid Maryland Celtic Festival was held on 13 May 2017 at the Mt Airy Fire Department Carnival Grounds. Mt Airy Composite Squadron was there to provide parking and crowd control. The festival was accompanied by Highland weather; cold and rainy. Cadet Commander Daniel Flanick, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Raegan Buzzard, Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Ashley Pitt and Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin dedicated the entire day to help at the event. Support and reinforcements came in the form of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Blake Scott, Cadet Airman Jackson Curtis, Cadet Airman Aurora Albertson and Cadet Airman Raymond Buzzard.

Squadron Commander Raymond Buzzard, Deputy Commander Dean Trombley and the squadron public affairs officer were on site to provide adult supervision and guidance for youth volunteers. Rain, misty weather, food tents, bagpipes, kilts, the hills of Mt Airy rang with the sounds of fun.

2017 May Character Development

Mount Airy Composite Squadron gathered at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center on May 18, 2017, for the weekly scheduled meeting. Commander Buzzard and Deputy Commander Trombley attended a unit commander’s course hosted by the West Virginia Wing this past weekend. The course proved to be re-energizing; the Colonels came back with new enthusiasm.The squadron has a new senior member, First Lieutenant Laura Smith-Velazquez.  She will be assisting in Aerospace and the Cyber Patriot program; the squadron is fortunate to have her experience, abilities and enthusiasm. Plans for the upcoming Cadet Change of Command are coming together. The VFW, Mt Airy Post, has graciously offered their meeting room for the event. The cadet program portion of the evening ran smoothly. Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin reports on the following activities:

Character development:
Cadets were separated into groups, and went over a case study that read about a cadet going for their Spaatz award (the highest award for a cadet), and how the cadet study hard to earn it. The cadet then put in a request to get approved for Spaatz, but the new commander is unsure to approve it or not since they haven’t been showing up at too many meetings or CAP events. After reading the case study, groups answered a series of questions about if the cadet’s request should be approved or not, and how other cadets will be affected by the decision.

Cyber Patriot:
Colonel Buzzard discussed the upcoming extracurricular event for cadets, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cyber Patriot competition. The competition will place cadets into teams where they receive training in cyber defense and then compete against other squadrons in the US to see which squadron is the best in the cyber defense and win the cyber defense trophy!

Awards:
C/SMSgt Pitt, C/A1C Albertson, and C/A1C Walker were awarded certificates for Cadets of the Month and C/SSgt Buchheit was awarded the Cadet of the Quarter certificate.

Thank you C/A1C Franklin for your reports and attention to detail. No photos were taken during the evening activities.

2017 May Aerospace

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), met at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center on  Thursday, May 11, 2017. The evening was busy with drill, aerospace, new families in attendance, cadet testing and senior planning for the upcoming cadet change of command. The evening proved to be so busy that there were no photos taken. However, Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin provided the following report on the evenings aerospace lesson.
“2nd Lieutenant Buchheit taught us about centripetal force and centripetal acceleration. He explained how different studies of aerospace go by the same laws of physics. He gave examples by telling cadets about how the acceleration of vehicles make them want to keep moving in the same direction as before even though the driver wants to go in a different direction. Lt. Bucheit gave a demonstration using a blue tube with a string going through it with washers attached to the end of the string. He told cadets how it had to do with force, acceleration, and mass. Before breaking off into groups, C/SSgt Messick and C/Amn Curtis read the directions for the experiment, it said that one end of the string would be spun 20 times in 3 different experiments (2 washers, 3 washers, and 12 cm length string spin). After finishing the experiments and have the number of seconds it took to get to 20 spins, we added up the seconds and divided by 5 to get the average number of seconds. Finally, we came back together and talked about the different averages each group received and how cadets can use that data to find velocity.”

 

April Fourth Week Meeting

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Meeting, Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin

Cadet Staff Sergeant (C/SSgt) Bucheit gave an outstanding power point presentation on his recent visit to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sergeant Bucheit provided information on the buildings he visited that included the dorm rooms, cafeteria (Mitchell Hall), Chapel, Hap Hall, and the Engineering classroom. He also shared photos of the military planes that are now statued at the Academy.   Sergeant Bucheit explained how big the Academy is and that an estimated 4,000 Cadets can be found throughout the grounds in a dorm (three Cadets per room), in a classroom (25 per classroom), and Mitchell Hall. All 4,000 cadets are in the cafeteria at the same time for meals. Sergeant Bucheit also provided every CAP cadet an Air Force Academy pamphlet and explained what the Academy’s mission, which is “To educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the Air Force in service to our nation”. Sergeant Bucheit’s presentation helped to inspire CAP cadets to work and train hard to someday go to the academy and one day become an U.S. Air Force Officer.

Lt Col Trombley discussed the character development entitled ‘The Price of Honor’. We broke into groups and read a story about how a cadet was given a well-deserved ribbon, while another cadet was overcome with jealously and decided to try to purchase the same ribbon. We discussed why the cadet’s behavior was wrong and how his behavior demonstrated his loss of the CAP’s core values – Integrity, Excellence In All We Do, and Respect.

photographs by 2nd Lt Mary Alvarado