September SAREX Training

Mt Airy Composite Squadron joined Bethesda Chevy Chase Composite Squadron on a Maryland Wing, Group 1, SAREX training mission on 10 September 2016. They gathered at Little Bennett Regional Park, Montgomery County, Maryland. Cadet Second Lieutenant Santos completed some of the familiarization and preparatory training with the assembled five cadets and two seniors while Major Knowles staged the mission scenario. The cadets practiced moving as part of a search line, employed scanning techniques while on foot, practiced communicating to other members of a search line and learned how to use whistle signals.

After establishing clues Major Knowles, Deputy Commander for Cadets at Bethesda Chevy Chase Composite Squadron, returned and passed out maps of Little Bennett Regional Park and provided the mission search scenario. The cadets suited up with their 24-hour packs, radios were passed out and tasks were assigned. Given the map and briefing, the team leader chose a hasty search pattern. The team began at a known trailhead and proceeded through a variety of terrain and trail switches. Radio contact with mission central was executed every hour and when a clue or major event occurred. Mission central also contacted mission ground when additional information became available.

     Roughly one and a half hours into the search, the missing subject was found. The sortie then discussed proper procedure and protocols. Mission base was contacted; safety and first aid measures were discussed. Second Lieutenant Santos then led the sortie back to the trailhead where a debriefing took place. Everyone contributed something to the learning experience and the event was a success.

 

Stage 2 Rocket Launch

Mt Airy Composite Squadron cadets, senior members and family gathered at the Flanick Farm on August 27 to launch rockets assembled on August 11. The event provided the opportunity for members to assemble their second rocket, as prescribed by the program. Everyone stepped up to help with materials and guidance.

A special thanks goes to Mr. Flanick who provided his property and special expertise throughout the event. The cadet launches achieved a variety of heights, neighborly visits, a few bloopers and lots of educational opportunities to learn from the variety.

 LAUNCH launch

LAUNCH catch

 LAUNCH blooper

2016 Mt Airy Composite Squadron Celebrate Milestone Awards

Mt Airy, Md.: Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol’s Mt Airy Composite Squadron, located in Carroll County Maryland, gathered on 28 July 2016 to celebrate esprit de corps and achievement. The host for the evening was Lt Col Raymond Buzzard and special guests in attendance were Lt Col Rory Garnice, Commander, Group 1, MD Wing and Maj Steve Weinhold, Deputy Commander, Group 1, MD Wing. The following recognitions were made:

Commander’s Commendation Award was presented to Maj Steve Weinhold for his extraordinary service as Commander, Mt Airy Squadron from 12 September 2011 through 03 April 2016.

National Commander’s Unit Citation Award Ribbon was bestowed to eighteen squadron members. Twelve of these recipients were in attendance. This award recognizes outstanding achievements, exceptional service and a high degree of performance of all wing members from the period 30 April2010 to 1 March 2014.

Red Service Ribbon Award Ribbon was given to sixteen participants, twelve of which were in attendance. This ribbon is awarded to members who serve as a cadet or senior for two years and are in good standing.

Community Service Ribbon was conferred to Cadet TSgt Jason Lohoefer. Sixty hours of community service outside of Civil Air Patrol is required to earn this ribbon. Sergeant Lohoefer documented over 196 hours of service and has earned two bronze clasps; one clasp for each additional 60 hours of service.

General Billy Mitchell Award is a milestone achievement award. Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Katherine Weinhold and Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Daniel Flanick completed phase II leadership. They have now advanced to the rank of Second Lieutenant and have begun Phase III, the Command Phase. It is estimated that only fifteen percent of all Civil Air Patrol Cadets accomplish this level of achievement. Congratulations.

Four generations of Mt Airy Squadron Commanders were in attendance at this evening’s celebration. Mt Airy Composite Squadron continues to benefit from the attention of its’ founding senior members. The founder of the Mt Airy Squadron, Lt Col Thomas McLellan, took center stage and spoke briefly to the attendees. Lt Col McLellan spoke words of encouragement and Lt Col Rory Garnice , Group 1 Commander, Maryland Wing, offered inspirational closing remarks that concluded the ceremony. The time for celebration continued with community fellowship and refreshments.

Mt Airy Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center. For more information, drop in for a visit; see if we are a good fit for your interests.

Mt Airy Fireworks Festival

The Mt Airy Squadron was asked for a return engagement in assisting with parking and crowd control at: The Fifth Annual Celebrate Independence Day event for the Town of Mount Airy, Maryland.

Held at the Firemen’s Activities Grounds, this year’s event had extra fields for parking and seating. Mt Airy Squadron directed traffic, filled the parking lots in a smooth efficient manner and directed families toward safe passage to festival fun. General parking began at 4pm and within three hours the parking lots were filled to capacity. Our cadets became proficient at signaling cars and keeping the traffic moving.

The Squadron is proud to say that the event went amazingly well. The pedestrians were very cooperative and the drivers were very patient. Thanks go to the Sheriffs Department who worked with our cadets and helped maintain order.

 

Annual Awards Ceremony and Squadron Change of Command

Mt Airy Composite Squadron gathered on April 09, 2016 to recognize members for their hard work over the past year.   In addition, Mt Airy had a Squadron Commander Change of Command Ceremony.

Maj Weinhold has had a distinguished record of service to the community of Civil Air Patrol and especially to the Mt Airy Squadron. He has accepted a position within Group 1, Maryland Wing, and is moving up. His is a hard act to follow. Lt Col Buzzard will do his best to assume the dutiful position of Squadron Commander.

Cadet Awards were presented for: Best Physical Fitness – C/Am Elliott; Best Precision Drill – C/Am Messick; Outstanding Leadership Initiative – C/CMSgt Weinhold. There was also a Senior Member Promotion, 1st Lt Medina


Participating in the ceremony were: Lt Col R. Garnice, Group 1 Commander; TSgt C. D. Ray, Air Force Sergeants Association; Lt. Col J. McLellan; and Mr. Flanick. The evening was celebrated with family, friends and a remarkable dinner created by 2d Lt M. Lohoefer.
2016 Annual Banquet

A Change of Cadet Command

February 11, 2016 by 2nd LT Mary Alvarado

Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing, Mt Airy Composite Squadron, under the command of Maj Weinhold, observed the symbolic tradition of passing the flag. It is always difficult to follow in the footsteps of a good leader. Mt Airy was twice blessed in having to choose a successor from two amazing candidates.

Decision made, Color Guard polished, family and friends assembled, the flag was passed from C/Lt Boline to C/CMSgt Flanick. In addition to the change of command, two outstanding cadets, C/CMSgt Weinhold and C/CMSgt Huey were presented with the Armstrong Award. The evening of military tradition was topped off with inspirational speeches, camaraderie and light refreshments.

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