Mount Airy Sends Color Guard to State Competition
A team of 5 cadets from the Mount Airy Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing (MDWG) Civil Air Patrol (CAP) took second place in the 2013 MDWG Color Guard Competition. The event was held at Parkland Magnet Middle School in Rockville on Feb.9th. The team coached by C/1stLt Melissa Weinhold consisted of the team’s commander C/MSgt Keith Lohoefer, and team members C/SSgt Ashley Peterson, C/TSgt Katherine Weinhold, C/A1C Danny Flanick and C/Amn Jason Lohoefer. C/Amn Lohoefer participated as the team’s alternate and was tasked with learning each member’s part in each element in case he was called upon to fill in. “It was an honor to assist and watch as our young people so proudly carried the American Flag and compete in a venue that supports patriotism,” said 2d Lt. Sherrie Weinhold, the team’s escort.
The purpose of the competition is to give cadets the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of CAP, their physical fitness ability, and their proficiency in drill while interacting with cadets from around the state. The team members were extremely proud of the second place finishes in Indoor Practical and Panel Quiz. The first place finishes they earned in Standard Drill and In-Ranks inspection was a true testimony to their concentration on detail. To preform Standard Drill, cadets marched in line formation, as they would during a pass -in-review in a parade. There is a specified drill sequence they preform consisting 25 commands that they must perform with precision. In Ranks inspection requires the team to stand at attention while their uniforms, hair, shoes, riffles and posture are inspected by the honor guard and members of CAP. The team spent many hours as a group and individually preparing for the 6 events at competition, and earned second place overall.
The teams are judged by members of the US Air Force 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing Honor Guard and members from MDWG and Middle East Region headquarters. “Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information. Nearly 1,600 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 29 search and rescue missions and were credited with 13 finds saving three lives. Maryland Wing flew over 160 missions for the State of Maryland for a total of 2,222 hours flown. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.2 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org.”
The Mount Airy Squadron meets at 7pm Thursdays at the Mt. Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave. Mt Airy MD Prospective Cadets, ages 12to 18, and their parents are always welcome. For more information please call 301-829-3603.