2019 Feb – Aerospace

February 13, 2019 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter. The regularly scheduled meeting for the second Wednesday of the month focused on aerospace education. This evening the squadron reviewed the aerodynamics of an airplane; form and function of a wing, the science behind the camber of the wing. Following the lesson, seniors and cadets were challenged to create a variety of paper airplanes and measure the distance of travel for each design.

photos by 1st Lt Mary Alvarado & 1st Lt Elizabeth Linares

2019 Feb – Physical Fitness

February 6, 2019 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter. The regularly scheduled meeting for the first Wednesday of the month focused physical fitness training. Senior members delivered a busy and engaging night. 

Mr. Mulhern started the evening with a safety brief and discussion. The discussion focused on texting and phone addiction; safety issues while driving, walking, working, or in classroom. Mr. Milliner followed Mr. Mulhern’s discussion with an exploration on character development; the evening’s topic was excellence. Last, but not least, Captain Rolfe began the physical fitness portion of the night. The cadets explored plyometric exercises. Using gravity and personal body weight to provide resistance, the cadets were encouraged to vary hand and leg placement to exercise different muscles within the same muscle group. They were encouraged to try this at home in their personal routines. 

Photos by 1st Lt Mary Alvarado & 1st Lt Elizabeth Linares


2019 January Promotions

January 23, 2019 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter. The regularly scheduled meeting for the fourth Wednesday of the month focused leadership training, awards and promotion. There is no holding these dynamic cadets back. They continue to forge ahead; learning, leading and accomplishing their next advancement. Congratulations to the following:

  • Conner McGarrah – Cadet Senior Airman
  • Conner Snyder – Cadet Master Sergeant
  • Dimitry Madsen – Cadet Senior Master Sergeant

Photos by 1stLt Elizabeth Linares

2019 January Emergency Services

January 16, 2019 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter. The regularly scheduled meeting for the third Wednesday of the month focused emergency services training. Captain Rolfe continues to mentor and build the emergency services team at Mt Airy Composite squadron. Seniors and cadets continue to participate in the Maryland Wing pathways program and bring back questions and need for additional practice. This evening’s venue included safety and first aid.

Photos by 1stLt Elizabeth Linares

2019 January Aerospace Night

January 9, 2019 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter. The regularly scheduled meeting for the second Wednesday of the month focused on aerospace education.  The International Space Station discussion continues from last month. NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond was also a topic of conversation. The thrust of the aerospace topic was in the international cooperation, modular design and, most importantly, the proximity of creative work done here in Maryland. Thinking outside the box is not a new concept. The fact that people are actually pursuing their interests and getting results is a reason to celebrate and emulate.  The evening was concluded with the completion of an International Space Station model.

photo by 1st Lt Elizabeth Linares

2019 January Physical Fitness

January 2, 2019 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter. The regularly scheduled meeting for the first Wednesday of the month focused physical fitness training, safety and character development.

Physical fitness training (PT) began with a safety pre-check. Cadets were encouraged to check the vicinity for vehicles, obstacles and surface conditions. Warm-up exercises and stretches were conducted with a focus on form. A mile run and relays finished off the PT segment of the night’s events.

The safety focus was vehicle preparedness. The AAA Guide to Personal Safety was used as a model for discussion. The problem prevention checklist was especially helpful; safety equipment and supplies will be assembled for the Civil Air Patrol vehicle. Be prepared.

Senior member Lee Milliner prepared a lesson plan on the topic of integrity. Using Civil Air Patrol’s new Values for Living 2.0 character curriculum, he facilitated the lesson that is designed to instill the virtues of ethical leadership in cadets. Each lesson comes with a video resource. The video was followed with interactive questions and answers.

Cadets led flight-time, a review on customs/courtesies and emergency services checklist. These concluded the evening activities. So much to do . . . so little time!

2018 Wreaths Across America at U.S. Soldiers and Airmen’s National Cemetery

15 December 2018, Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, transported seven cadets and three senior members to the U.S. Soldiers and Airmen’s National Cemetery and participated in the National Wreaths Across America Day. Volunteers were undaunted by persistent rainfall. Cadet First Lieutenant Raegan Buzzard instructed new cadets in the customs and courtesies observed when laying a wreath. Cadets Dylan Marty, Alex Rolfe, Jacob Spence, Micah Mulhern and Dimitry Madsen were first time attendees and performed their honor guard duties admirably. 

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, volunteers gather for a coordinated wreath-laying event that occurs at more than 1,400 locations; across this country, at sea and abroad. The mission is to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those who served and TEACH the value of freedom. These are concepts Civil Air Patrol embraces in their core values of respect, integrity and volunteer service. Civil Air Patrol has been a supporter of Wreaths Across America since its inception in 1992.

The U.S. Soldiers and Airmen’s National Cemetery, Washington D.C., is one of the original national cemeteries established by Congress in 1862. In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Army as an Army National Military Cemetery. The total size is nearly sixteen acres.  The initial six acres were quickly filled to capacity between 1861-1864 and it is the final resting place for residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, located on the south end of the property. Only 53 percent of total 14,000 plus graves received wreath sponsors. With an obvious shortage of wreaths, special attention was paid to the headstone of unknown soldiers. Join us as we begin the process all over again for December 14, 2019. Sponsor a wreath through our group, Mt Airy Composite Squadron, search by location, Mt Airy, Maryland.