2017 March Promotions Week

Mt Airy Composite Squadron celebrated awards week with promotions and radio communications training on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center. Major Robert Dickey, former Deputy Commander of Cadets Mt Airy Composite Squadron and the current Maryland Wing Communications Officer, brought in radios for discussion, education and testing. Major Dickey treated the squadron with interactive discussion and role-play. The Introductory Communications User Training is an important part of Emergency Services. Major Dickey participated in the senior member planning session and promised his return to conduct additional training and practice.

Commander Buzzard and Senior members convened to discuss squadron business. Squadron finances, cadet recruitment, emergency service training, material goods and a place to grow were topics of discussion. Future projections on “Where”, “When” and “How” best to achieve the goals aired were explored.

Cadets requiring promotion boards, inspections and drill were conducted. Congratulations to the following members:

Cadets: C/A1C Amy Franklin, C/SSgt James Buchheit, C/SSgt Mitchell Walker, C/CMSgt Blake Scott, C/CMSgt (Part-2) Reagan Buzzard and C/1Lt Daniel Flanick

Senior Members: 2dLt James Buchheit and Lt Col Dean Trombley

2017 March Aerospace

Mt Airy Composite Squadron met on 09 March 2017 for the regularly scheduled inspection, aerospace and drill at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center. This week was unique because the aerospace lesson was taught by Cadet Commander Second Lieutenant Daniel Flanick, recipient of the AFA Outstanding Cadet of the Year Award for 2016. The lesson summary was provided by one of our newest and highly motivated members, Cadet Airman A. Franklin. Her summary is as follows:

On the second Thursday of March, 2nd/Lt Flanick taught aerospace to the cadets. 2nd/Lt. Flanick discussed the three laws of Newton and the four different forces for flying an airplane. Cadets got to do a hands-on experiment with balloons to analyze how thrust was created to help move the balloon forward and test how Newton’s third law “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, mass times  acceleration equals force” applies.  Afterwards, cadets went over the main components and the four steps of how engines work and we observed the different parts of a carburetor, where air and gas mix, and magneto spark, igniting an explosion inside the engine to get the airplane to start-up.

Mt Airy has been extremely fortunate in its wealth of quality youth and seniors. The cadets are motivated to learn and develop their potential. The seniors are motivated to help the cadets excel in their endeavors, open up a world of opportunities and to set goals that inspire them to greater achievements. Special thanks to C/ 2nd Lt Flanick, C/Amn Franklin, 2nd Lt Buchheit (aerospace technical advisor) and Maj T. Trombley for photos.

MDWG Honor Guard

Mt Airy Composite Squadron Cadets Chief Master Sergeant R. Buzzard and Cadet Master Sergeant A. Pitt joined the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard on March 04, 2017. The MDWG Honor Guard meets monthly at the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing headquarters. All CAP cadets are welcomed to join. Honor Guardsmen are “Ambassadors for Civil Air Patrol”. They are driven to excel by a strong sense of dedication, patriotism, love for their fellow man, Civl Air Patrol, God  and Country. Often mistaken for “drill teams,” Honor Guardsmen provide a service to their community.

There are four main “elements” of a CAP Honor Guard: Colors Element, Ceremonial/Demonstration Element, Funeral Element and Drama Element (CAPP52-8). As ambassadors, it is important that they present themselves in the best possible light at all times. Because of this, the program incorporates classes in etiquette, public speaking, flag history and protocol, military and CAP. The objective is to achieve proficiency, naturally that requires active participation and abstaining from drug use. Monthly meetings include basic armed and unarmed drill, advanced weapons handling techniques, service protocols and light classroom work.

Membership to any CAP Honor Guard is not a right , but a privilege. Maryland Wing encourages you to join; participate; perform. If you are interested in excelling, investing in your personal growth and in serving your community, Maryland Wing Honor Guard in willing to help you achieve your goals. Meeting time and dates are posted on the Maryland Wing CAP website, mdcap.org.

AFA Outstanding Cadet of the Year for 2016

Mt Airy Composite Squadron is proud to present the recipient of the Air Force Association’s Outstanding Cadet of the Year, Cadet Second Lieutenant Daniel Flanick, Cadet Commander, Mt Airy Composite Squadron. Squadron Commander, Lt Col Ray Buzzard awarded the AFA Cadet of the Year Award for 2016, on March 02, 2017, at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center, in the presence of family and friends. The Flanick family has a long history with Civil Air Patrol and has lent the program several iconic examples of outstanding leadership. Daniel is the youngest in this line of exemplary cadets and the last of this generation. The family has been a staunch pillar within the Mt Airy Composite Squadron for many years and the squadron has benefitted immensely by their participation and example.

The Squadron Commander may nominate any candidate in the CAP Cadet Program who has displayed superior performance during the year. The AFA is very supportive of cadet accomplishments and provides an award package that includes a silver medal, a sky-blue ribbon and a certificate.

Cadet Flanick ‘s memorable service includes holding the position of flight leader in charge of training new cadets, honor guard and drill team; he has hosted aerospace rocket launching events, assisted in teaching and has earned his rocketry badge. On February 12, 2016, then Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Flanick became Cadet Commander, Mt Airy Composite Squadron. The squadron ushered in a squadron change of command in April of the same year with Lt Col Ray Buzzard accepting the reigns of command. Cadet Commander Flanick has done an impressive job of bridging the differences between the old guard and the new. He earned his Mitchell Award and was presented the award with ceremony on July 28, 2016. Fort Detrick requested an honor guard for a Veteran’s Day ceremony in November 2016 and Cadet Commander Flanick dedicated extra time to train new cadets to accommodate the request.

Cadet Commander Daniel Flanick is a stellar embodiment of the Civil Air Patrol core values; integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect. He has demonstrated his ability to command with professionalism that far exceeds his youth. He is capable of embracing change, working toward greater goals and he has the ability to treat all people equally, without prejudice, and bring out the best in everyone.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

The Mount Airy Composite Squadron meets at 7pm Thursdays at the Mt. Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Avenue, Mt Airy MD. If esprit de corps, camaraderie, and leadership are part of your vocabulary, we welcome you to join us. If you have a passion for aviation, are considering a career in the military, or want to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills, this is for you. Youths, ages 12 to 18, and parents are always welcome to drop in. For more information about Mt Airy Composite Squadron, contact Commander Ray Buzzard at cap12ram@gmail.com.

photos courtesy of 2nd Lt Patti Messick

2017 February Aerospace and Promotions

Mt Airy Composite Squadron met on February 24, 2017, at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center for it’s fourth week meeting.  The squadron began with the usual opening ceremony, inspections and drill. Senior members stepped up to cover aerospace, leadership and cadet promotions.

Aerospace was taught and orchestrated by senior member Buchheit. This week’s lesson covered the physics and mathematical principles behind energy transference. The cadets were given tissue, paper and tape. Their challenge was to drop an egg from six feet and have it remain intact. Following a short time of brainstorming and presentation, they performed the egg drop experiment outside. The elevation for the egg drop was increased until there was only one winner. Mr. Buchheit pointed out how this science applies to the aerodynamics of an airplane wing. Thank you Mr. Buchheit for providing another interactive experience that made science fun to learn.

Leadership training was coordinated by Major Trombley, Mt Airy Composite Squadron Deputy Commander. The lesson plan was handed out, the cadets split up into groups and the senior cadet staff mentored the lesson. When everyone regathered, Major Trombley facilitated the question and answer portion of the lesson; challenging the cadets to a deeper understanding.

Lieutenant Colonel Buzzard, Mt Airy Composite Squadron Commander, encourages cadets to promote early and command often. There are several stellar examples of this mantra at the Mt Airy squadron. This months latest rising stars are as follow: Cadet Airman Walker, our newest cadet; Cadet Senior Airman Messick, one of the most active volunteers; and Cadet Master Sergeant Pitt, a fast riser and staunch cadet.  Congratulations everyone, for your hard work and participation!

Mt Airy Squadron Parent Appreciation Night

Mt Airy Composite Squadron invited its parents and family members to attend on January 26, 2017. Fourth week is the squadrons scheduled night for ceremony and advancement. Parents and family mingled companionably while leadership training, counseling, review boards and other promotion qualifications were accomplished.

Parents, family members and Senior leadership all contribute toward a cadet’s success. The squadron wanted to acknowledge their commitment and support as well as give them a more tangible form of appreciation. The meeting was concluded with pastries after the certificates, rank advancements and rocketry pins were awarded.

Summer Tri-Wing Encampment 2017

Now is the time to start thinking about Summer Encampment!

Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol provides the following descriptive overview:

“Encampment is the most significant, worthwhile training experience in a CAP cadet’s career. It is a week long basic training-like program and is required for the General Billy Mitchell Award. Encampment is designed to develop a greater understanding of CAP and Air Force missions and capabilities, personal and team leadership, and teamwork. ”


2017 January Aerospace

Mt Airy Squadron gathered on the second Thursday of January, 2017 for the usual inspections, drill, flight time, and aerospace. Senior member Buchheit presented engineering and aerospace principles in a lesson that kept everyone engaged while learning .

The cadets participated in a class where they performed hands on experiments. The topics for the class included the physics and principals of velocity, speed, acceleration, and air resistance. Cadets encounter all these principals when they fly CAP aircraft during orientation flights. By learning these principals before the cadets take the controls of an aircraft, they become better pilots.

The squadron is at 70% participation on O Flights (orientation flights); we are currently leading within the Maryland Wing. Plenty of flights are available, contact Lt Col Buzzard if you are interested. Thank you Mr. Buchheit for providing a very positive experience for everyone involved and C/SMSgt R. Buzzard for taking photos of the event.