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.