“The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer. “ – Henry Clay
Summer 2019. Mt Airy, MD, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets spread their wings and travel to CAP sponsored events across the country. Mt Airy Composite Squadron, a unit of the Maryland Wing (MDWG) Civil Air Patrol, is honored to have a cadet cadre that performs the squadron’s “Can Do” motto, they learn and they lead. The Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program transforms youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders; many astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through CAP.
Civil Air Patrol’s path to leadership begins with encampment. Encampment is a full immersion, military-style, training environment that inspires cadets to learn aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise, solidify their moral character and develop leadership skills. It is an intensive environment that challenges cadets to move beyond their normal comfort zones and fosters personal growth. Encampments provide cadets with opportunities to participate in team building exercises, orientation flights, leadership courses and emergency services training. Self-confidence and personal pride are some of the benefits in completing the weeklong activity. Cadets must attend an encampment to qualify for access to CAP’s National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA) Programs.
NCSA programs are national programs that require cadets to qualify through a nationwide selection process. 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 ranges of opportunities become available. 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
Mt Airy Cadet Airman First Class (C/A1C) Alexander Rolfe, Cadet Staff Sergeant (C/SSgt) Conner McGarrah and Cadet Staff Sergeant (C/SSgt) Micah Mulhern participated in the West Virginia Wing, Encampment. Cadet Chief Master Sergeant (C/CMSgt) Dimitry Madsen participated in the Tri-Wing Encampment, serving Maryland, Delaware and National Capitol. These young men completed their first encampment and are eager to sign on for more challenges and adventure.
Cadet Chief Master Sergeant (C/CMSgt) Dylan Marty returned to the West Virginia Wing Encampment as a Cadet Flight Sergeant. Cadet Captain (C/Capt) Raegan Buzzard returned to the National Flight Academy – Great Lakes Region (NFA-GLR) in Oshkosh Wisconsin as cadet liaison. Last, and definitely not least, Cadet Captain (C/Capt) Aurora Albertson returned to Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue School for staff training, attended Glider Encampment at Eastern Soaring Center in West Virginia and joins the Wyoming Wing Encampment as Flight Commander.
These cadets have spent their summer honing their leadership skills, pursuing personal growth and career interests. They lead the way as tomorrow’s aerospace leaders and look forward to potential opportunities and challenges. Cadet Captain Raegan Buzzard’s favorite quote to any cadet or potential cadet is, “If I can do it, so can you!”