Mt Airy Composite Squadron gathered at 6:30 pm for a regularly scheduled Thursday meeting at the Carroll County Senior and Community Center, Mt Airy, MD. Following opening ceremony, the meeting began with drill practice. New cadets worked on in-place movements taught by the Cadet Technical Sergeant Mitch Walker and Lieutenant Colonel Dean Trombley. In the meantime, two other elements of cadets practiced and performed drill tests, as required for rank advancement.
Cadet 1st Lt Thorpe, Cadet Staff Sgt Swam and 2nd Lt Mike Swam from the Carroll Composite Squadron returned with a presentation, historical information about WWII planes and era, intended to prepare cadets for the Collins Foundation historical aircraft event to be held at the Carroll County Airport from October 13-15, 2017. Civil Air Patrol cadets will be allowed to see and work with vintage WWII planes such the B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and the P-51 Mustang.
Emergency services training began with Lt Col Trombley showing cadets different supplies needed for deployment; examples included personal hygiene materials, sleeping bags, MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), and more. He also told cadets to pack more supplies than needed because if it is a 24-hour mission, expect to stay for three days.
2nd Lt Buchheit’s aerospace lesson was about the solar eclipse and it’s path across the United States. He explained that Maryland was going to see 80% of the eclipse, and how to stay safe during the eclipse.
At closing formation, six cadets received their next promotion:
- C/Amn Daniel Larocca – promoted to Airman First class
- C/Amn Ryan Larocca- promoted to Airman First class
- C/A1C Jackson Curtis- promoted to Senior Airman
- C/SrA Aurora Albertson- promoted to Staff Sergeant
- C/SrA Amy Franklin – promoted to Staff Sergeant
- C/TSgt Mitchell Walker- promoted to Master Sergeant
article by Cadet Staff Sergeant Amy Franklin
photographs by 2nd Lt Mary Alvarado & 2nd Lt Patti Messick