Squadron makes official move to Izaak Walton League of America

It’s been a year in the making, the Mt Airy Composite Squadron has officially moved to Izaak Walton League of America, Mt Airy Chapter, IWLA 6642. Having achieved a unit consensus, meeting nights have now moved to Wednesdays. The new location will foster an opportunity to grow in programs and membership. We look forward to working with the Izaak Walton League and are grateful for their support. See you all there.

  • Physical Training is observed the first week of every month; this is the only meeting that begins at a different location and will end at IWLA. A Plan Of The Day is issued by the Cadet Commander every week detailing meeting location and agenda. Casual fitness clothing (black shirt, black shorts), weather appropriate is the uniform of the day.
  • Aerospace Education is the main topic of the second week of every month. The uniform of the day is generally Class B Blues.
  • Emergency Services training and preparation provides the material for the third week of every month. The IWLA is the perfect setting for continuing this program. The uniform of the day is ABU’s (or BDU’s if that is what you have).
  • The fourth week is Promotion Night. Cadets report in their Dress Blues, Class A (or B with tie if they don’t have a coat). Parents are invited to help celebrate their accomplishments. We are privileged to enjoy a truly unique group of motivated youths who are eager to learn, lead and fly.

2018 August23 – Promotion Night

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, met at the Mt Airy VFW, Post 10076, meeting room on the fourth Thursday in August 2018 at 1900. The meeting progressed with opening ceremonies, drill, testing and promotion boards. After a busy summer of National Cadet Special Activities and Encampment, the cadets were ready to promote and exhibit their new leadership abilities. Cadets Micah Mulhern and Conner McGarrah enthusiastically joined the program during this busy summer season and achieved their first promotion. Cadet Conner Snyder achieved his Wright Brothers Award and Cadet Aurora Albertson passed her Billy Mitchell tests (stay tuned for an official award certificate presentation later). Cadet Dimitry Madsen earned the Cadet of the Quarter, for April – June, and promoted to Technical Sergeant. Cadets Snyder and Grasley were recognized for their outstanding performance at summer encampment and Cadet Grasley promoted to Senior Master Sergeant.

Commander Daniel Flanick continues his progress toward Spaatz. Having completed Achievement 16, he delivered an inspirational speech in preparation for the Eaker. Taking advantage of the fine weather, the squadron gathered outside for his delivery. His topic, “How to Continue to Develop personal leadership ability without the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program,” was  a three step program that should work given any scenario:

  1. SELF-EVALUATION
  2. UPHOLD PERSONAL CORE VALUES
  3. FIND A MENTOR THAT WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE

2018 August 02 Physical Training

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, met at South Carroll High School Track and Field and then proceeded to Mt Airy VFW, Post 10076, meeting room on the first Thursday in August 2018 at 1900.

Commander Laura Smith-Velazquez and Cadet Major Daniel Flanick introduced static and dynamic stretching. Following the static exercises the cadets executed their timed run. Working in this way, the cadets have steadily improved their performance and embraced the concept of encouragement and team building. Back at the meeting room, the safety brief examined the mechanics, focus and form of static and dynamic stretches.

June 2018 Promotion Night

28 June 2018 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Mt Airy Veterans of Foreign War, meeting room, for its regularly scheduled Thursday meeting at 0700. This evening’s activities included cyber training, drug demand reduction and discussion, drill and inspections, a guest speaker and promotions.

Special guest speaker Bob Weller joined the squadron for an evening of reminiscences. Mr. Weller has enjoyed the grade of 1stLieutenant within Civil Air Patrol and retired from the U.S. Air Force as an Air Controller. He regaled the group with his career path and experience.

The Squadron continues to experience inspirational growth and promotion within its membership and family. Welcome Micah Mulhern and Conner Mc Garrah, our newest cadets and family members. The following promotions were observed and celebrated:

  • Cadet Senior Airman Conner Snyder
  • Cadet Staff Sergeant Dimitry Madsen
  • Cadet Master Sergeant Katherine Grasley
  • Cadet Master Sergeant Dylan Marty
  • Senior Member 2ndLt Dawn Madsen

Photos by 1st Lt Mary Alvarado

 

Mt Airy Composite Squadron Cadets embrace new challenges

June 2018. Mt Airy, Md.Mt Airy Composite Squadron, a unit of the Maryland Wing (MDWG), Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet cadre proudly displays a “Can Do” attitude and commitment to excellence. Following the cadet program mission to transform youth into dynamic Americans and aerospace leaders, our cadetsare young leaders-in-training who think seriously about their futures. This summer will be a busy one for Mt Airy cadets as they participate in various special activities designed to enhance their skills and provide opportunities to excel in achievement.

Mt Airy cadets C/MSgt Katherine Grasley, C/TSgt Dylan Marty, C/SrA Dimitry Madsen and C/SrA Conner Snyder will begin their leadership journey as they participate in the West Virginia Wing, Encampment. C/MSgt Jackson Curtis will also journey to this encampment as a cadet cadre staff leader. Encampment is a full immersion, military-style, training environment that inspires cadets to develop leadership skills, learn aerospace sciences and related careers, commit to a habit of regular exercise and solidify their moral character. It is an intensive environment that challenges cadets to move beyond their normal comfort zones and fosters personal growth.  Cadets are provided opportunities to participate in team building exercises, orientation flights, leadership courses and emergency services training. Cadets must attend an encampment to qualify for access to CAP’s National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA) Programs.

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 breadth of opportunities become available. NCSA programs are national programs that require cadets to qualify for through a nationwide selection process. 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. This summer, several Mt Airy cadets applied for and met the qualifying selection criteria for NCSA participation. C/Maj Daniel Flanick and C/MSgt Grasley will attend Regional Cadet Leadership Academies (RCLA). Having already attended a RCLA, C/CMSgt Aurora Albertson will attend the Model Aircraft and Remote-Control Flight Academy and the Hawk Mountain Search and Rescue School. C/1stLt. Raegan Buzzard will attend both the NFA-Great Lakes Region Powered Flight Academy and the Cyber Defense Training Academy. Buzzard previously attended RCLA and Hot Air Balloon Academy last summer and the Civic Leadership Academy earlier this spring. Cadets advance their level of experience, embrace new challenges and in many instances, establish their life-long career goals by progressing through the CAP cadet program and taking advantage of the many programs offered through CAP NCSA’s.

Mount Airy Composite Squadron is a composite of both senior and youth programs whose members are drawn from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties. The Squadron meets Thursday nights, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Mt Airy Veterans of Foreign War, Post 10076, 107 S. Main, Mt Airy, Maryland. Have a passion for aviation, dream of flight, are considering a career in the military? Want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills? Join us. Youths, ages 12 to 18, parents and adults interested in the cadet or senior program are always welcome to drop in. For more information, contact Commander Laura Smith-Velazquez at lsmith@cap.govFollow Mt Airy squadron on Facebook at https://goo.gl/wNFmdJ

Photo credit:1stLt. Mary Alvarado

24 May 2018 Promotion Week Meeting

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, met at the Mt Airy VFW, Post 10076, meeting room on the fourth Thursday in May 2018 at 1900. The meeting progressed with opening ceremonies, drill and drill testing. A cyber and social media awareness lesson was conducted by Commander Laura Smith-Velazquez and Cadet Master Sergeant Dylan Marty gave a refresher course on Customs and Courtesies.

Special guests from the VFW were in attendance. VFW Commander Landon Becker presented the VFW NCO of the Year (2017) to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Aurora Albertson and VFW Cadet of the Year (2017) to Cadet First Lieutenant Raegan Buzzard. Also in attendance was retired Brigadier General Mark Bailey. He made time to talk to the cadets about his personal road to leadership and applauded their efforts and enthusiasm.

photos by 1st Lt Alvarado

Third Week Wednesday at Izaak Walton League

16 May 2018 – Mt Airy Composite Squadron gathered at the Mt Airy Chapter Izaak Walton League Reservation. The evening began with the traditional opening formation and uniform inspection. The emergency services topic was an interactive presentation on the Identification of natural hazards. Cadets prepare for local Summer activities and participation in Civil Air Patrol Summer Encampment.

The highlight of the evening was a rocket motor demonstration arranged by 2nd Lt Jim Buchheit and provided by Greg Coll, NASA propulsion engineer and member of the ” American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics” (AIAA). The cadets read the procedures while Mr. Coll executed the steps and fired the system. The demonstration covered the theory, components and procedures required to safely fire a bi-propellant rocket propulsion system. The two propellants were combined in a combustion chamber at the correct pressure and ignited to produce the thrust. The event provided the perfect opportunity to discuss career opportunities, education, safety training and personal protection.

photos by C/1st Lt Buzzard

Squadron heralds in a Change of Cadet Command

April 05, 2018. Mt Airy, Md.

Mount Airy Composite Squadron, a unit of the Maryland Wing (MDWG), Civil Air Patrol (CAP), held a Change of Cadet Command ceremony at the Mt Airy Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10076. Cadet First Lieutenant (C/1stLt) Raegan Buzzard, former cadet commander, passed command to Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2ndLt) James Buchheit who accepted the squadron’s guidon and the opportunity to spread his proverbial leadership wings as the new cadet commander. Squadron commander, Captain (Capt.) Laura Smith-Velazquez officiated the cadet commander’s change of command which was attended by family, friends and other squadron members.

Serving as the squadron’s cadet commander is the ultimate challenge for a cadet officer and one that every cadet aspires to achieve. Within any squadron, the cadet commander is the most visible cadet, a role model for the entire cadet cadre, and the primary liaison between the senior staff and the cadet staff. Fulfilling the duties and obligations of cadet commander is an enormous test of leadership skill. Mt Airy squadron is fortunate to have a bevy of dedicated cadets who are advancing through the program and honing their leadership skills.

Buchheit joined the program in 2015 and has shown great aptitude for academics, selfless service and leadership. This cadet’s commitment and perseverance has enabled him to step through every position available in the cadet chain of command and afforded him the opportunity to work with the squadron’s cadet and senior members. Speaking on behalf of the squadron, Commander Smith-Velazquez stated, “We look forward to the continued growth and maturity of our youth leaders and invite everyone to encourage them in their pursuit of excellence in service.”

Today’s cadets are tomorrow’s aerospace leaders. Through its Cadet Program, CAP has been transforming youth into responsible citizens since 1942. To achieve its overall goals, the Cadet Program is organized around four main program elements: leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. CAP develops youth through self-paced study of the art of leadership. Through a graduated curriculum, cadets first learn to follow, then to lead small groups, and ultimately experience command and executive-level leadership, earning cadet grade and honors along the way. CAP produces confident young leaders who think independently and persuade others in an atmosphere of teamwork and mutual respect. Former cadets can be found in leadership positions in the military, aerospace industry, public service and the professions.

Mount Airy Composite Squadron is a composite of both senior and youth programs whose members are drawn from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties. The Squadron meets Thursday nights, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Mt Airy Veterans of Foreign War, Post 10076, 107 S. Main, Mt Airy, Maryland. Have a passion for aviation, dream of flight, are considering a career in the military? Want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills? Join us. Youths, ages 12 to 18, parents and adults interested in the cadet or senior program are always welcome to drop in. For more information, contact Commander Laura Smith-Velazquez at lsmith@cap.govFollow Mt Airy squadron on Facebook at https://goo.gl/wNFmdJ

Photographs by: Senior Member Linda Grasley