2017 November 30 Meeting

Mt Airy Composite Squadron met for the fourth meeting in November, following the Thanksgiving break, at the Mt Airy Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting room at 6:30 p.m. on the 30th of November, 2017. This evenings venue included a discussion on social media, operational risk management and promotions.

The squadron began with opening ceremony, uniform inspections, drill and last minute details needed for promotion. The social media discussion was conducted by cadet 1st Lt Buzzard. It began with a quick Power Point presentation reviewing media currently used by the squadron; Facebook, Shutterfly and a website. The second part of the discussion became a lively interaction between cadets. The culmination of which, was a list of social media sites and how many cadets frequented them. Older cadets, 16 years and older, had personal phones and personal accounts. Younger cadets tended to use their parent’s phone and/or account to access social media sites. Public schools and organizations tend to drive the need to communicate via Facebook and Instagram.

The Operational Risk Management (ORM) training was conducted by Lt Col Trombley. The cadets were divided into groups and given a task. While in groups, they brain-stormed and tried to imagine every possible obstacle and risk that might be encountered trying to accomplish the task. They then presented their ideas to everyone and decided whether the risk outweighed the task.

Congratulations to the recipients of this evenings promotions:

  • C/A1C Dylan Marty – Cadet Senior Airman
  • C/Amn Katherine Grasley – Cadet Airman First Class
  • C/Amn Jackson Varley – Cadet Airman First Class
  • C/SSgt Aurora Albertson – Cadet Technical Sergeant

Article and photographs by 2nd Lt Alvarado, PAO

2017 September 28 – Promotion Night

Mt Airy Composite Squadron’s September promotion night was celebrated on 28 September 2017, at the downtown Mt Airy Veterans of Foreign Affairs building. Beginning at 1830, military time, the cadets began with opening ceremony, followed by basic in-place drills and marching. Indoor activities included promotion boards, Drug Demand and Reduction lesson and safety.

At the end of the nights activities, awards and promotion were presented. Cadet Basic Lauren Varley, Jackson Varley and Katherine Grasley promoted to the Cadet Airman. Cadet Garrett Walker promoted to Staff Sergeant and is rapidly advancing on his brother, Cadet Master Sergeant Mitch Walker. Parents were in attendance to participate in recognition of their effort and achievement.

The squadron was honored to have Major Steve Weinhold, Group 1 Deputy Commander and former Squadron Commander, in attendance. He requested the privilege of presenting 1st Lieutenant Brian Winters with the Benjamin O. Davis, Jr Award for completing the Level II Professional Development. Lt Brian Winters has been a squadron foundation member for roughly fifteen years. Brian began as a cadet member in 2005 and, after a short military stint, returned as a senior member and has been a major asset to the cadet program. Major Weinhold and Lt Winters have a long history to celebrate and the squadron joined in with balloons and refreshments.

Article and photographs by 2nd Lt Mary Alvarado

21 September, 2017 – Civil Air Patrol Meeting

The Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Veterans of Foreign War meeting room in downtown Mt Airy on September 21, 2017. Cadets began the meeting Thursday outside of the VFW with inspections and in-place drills and basic marching movements.

Following drill, cadets went inside for an emergency services class, led by Cadet 2nd Lt Scott, about hot & cold weather injuries and natural hazard injuries.

  • The hot weather injuries included: Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
  • The cold weather injuries included: Frost Bite – Stages 1 & 2 and Hypothermia – Stages 1 &2
  • The natural hazards include: Terrain, Poisonous Plants, Insects, mammals and reptiles

Lt. Scott discussed how to prevent these injuries from happening, the symptoms for each injury and their appropriate treatment. He then led a small group of cadets in a group quiz that allowed the cadets to become certified in injury prevention and go on missions as trainees.

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Ashley Pitt promoted to 2nd  Lieutenant and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant James Buchheit was promoted to the position of First Sergeant. Change continues as cadets advance in rank, assume new duties and gain in maturity. The meeting was concluded with additional in-place drill and marching.

Article by Cadet Staff Sergeant Amy Franklin

2017 June Isaac Walton League Visit

This week’s meeting was held on Wednesday, 14 June at the Izaak Walton League, future meeting site of the Mt. Airy Squadron (MD-091). After opening formation, the Vice President of the Izaak Walton League provided an orientation and safety briefing to all the seniors, cadets, and parents that were present.   He spoke about what the league could offer, the land, and the safety boundaries; where cadets are off limits. After the orientation/safety briefing, everyone was taken on a tour of the league property.  Cadets were shown the boundary lines for safety and interesting features of the league, such as inside the mechanism that shoots target disks in the air for disk shooting. In addition, instructors for IWLA archery program were present and discussed their program and available classes – additional information about the archery program can be found at www.mtairyiwla.org/archery.

After the tour, Lt Col Trombley spoke to the cadets about tests, first aid and CPR training that need to be completed to participate in CAP events. After that, Cadet 1st Lt Flanick talked to cadets about encampment, what to expect, his experience at encampment and how he enjoyed the learning environment on becoming a better leader. He then answered questions that cadets had about encampment.

Article by: Cadet Senior Airman Amy Franklin

Photos by: 2nd Lt Patti Messick

2017 June Aerospace Meeting

The meeting began with C/CMSgt Scott and C/CMSgt Buzzard conducting an inspection of Cadets Battle Dress Uniform (BDUs). Uniform inspections are opportunities for leaders to identify and provide instruction to help cadets meet CAP standards. Cadets then practiced stationary drill and marching.

After inspection and drill, 1st Lt Laura Smith-Velazquez talked to cadets about meteorology.
Lt Smith-Velazquez explained that meteorology is the study of weather and the atmosphere. She also went over the differences of weather and climate, what matter is, how Earth receives energy, and many more interesting facts. She also told us how she uses meteorology in her work in designing flight desks.

Colonel Buzzard made announcements and went over upcoming events that included next week’s meeting being held at the Izaak Walton League of America, flying rockets at C/1st Lt Flanick’s farm, parking and crowd control at the Mt Airy July 3rd Fireworks Celebration, and cadets going to the Encampment. Cadet Seth Moses, the squadron’s newest cadet, achieved and was awarded the rank of Airman.

Article by: Cadet Senior Airman Amy Franklin

Photos by: 2nd Lt Patti Messick

2017 May Character Development

Mount Airy Composite Squadron gathered at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center on May 18, 2017, for the weekly scheduled meeting. Commander Buzzard and Deputy Commander Trombley attended a unit commander’s course hosted by the West Virginia Wing this past weekend. The course proved to be re-energizing; the Colonels came back with new enthusiasm.The squadron has a new senior member, First Lieutenant Laura Smith-Velazquez.  She will be assisting in Aerospace and the Cyber Patriot program; the squadron is fortunate to have her experience, abilities and enthusiasm. Plans for the upcoming Cadet Change of Command are coming together. The VFW, Mt Airy Post, has graciously offered their meeting room for the event. The cadet program portion of the evening ran smoothly. Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin reports on the following activities:

Character development:
Cadets were separated into groups, and went over a case study that read about a cadet going for their Spaatz award (the highest award for a cadet), and how the cadet study hard to earn it. The cadet then put in a request to get approved for Spaatz, but the new commander is unsure to approve it or not since they haven’t been showing up at too many meetings or CAP events. After reading the case study, groups answered a series of questions about if the cadet’s request should be approved or not, and how other cadets will be affected by the decision.

Cyber Patriot:
Colonel Buzzard discussed the upcoming extracurricular event for cadets, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cyber Patriot competition. The competition will place cadets into teams where they receive training in cyber defense and then compete against other squadrons in the US to see which squadron is the best in the cyber defense and win the cyber defense trophy!

C/SMSgt Pitt, C/A1C Albertson, and C/A1C Walker were awarded certificates for Cadets of the Month and C/SSgt Buchheit was awarded the Cadet of the Quarter certificate.

Thank you C/A1C Franklin for your reports and attention to detail. No photos were taken during the evening activities.

2017 May Aerospace

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), met at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center on  Thursday, May 11, 2017. The evening was busy with drill, aerospace, new families in attendance, cadet testing and senior planning for the upcoming cadet change of command. The evening proved to be so busy that there were no photos taken. However, Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin provided the following report on the evenings aerospace lesson.
“2nd Lieutenant Buchheit taught us about centripetal force and centripetal acceleration. He explained how different studies of aerospace go by the same laws of physics. He gave examples by telling cadets about how the acceleration of vehicles make them want to keep moving in the same direction as before even though the driver wants to go in a different direction. Lt. Bucheit gave a demonstration using a blue tube with a string going through it with washers attached to the end of the string. He told cadets how it had to do with force, acceleration, and mass. Before breaking off into groups, C/SSgt Messick and C/Amn Curtis read the directions for the experiment, it said that one end of the string would be spun 20 times in 3 different experiments (2 washers, 3 washers, and 12 cm length string spin). After finishing the experiments and have the number of seconds it took to get to 20 spins, we added up the seconds and divided by 5 to get the average number of seconds. Finally, we came back together and talked about the different averages each group received and how cadets can use that data to find velocity.”


2017 April Leadership, Rocket Launch & Awards

April 21 2017, Mt Airy Squadron began the evening at Mt Airy Senior and Community Center with rocketry and ended with some unexpected awards. The weather was ideal for outdoor fun. Opening ceremonies started the evening and was closely followed with rocket launches. The cadets launched their pop-bottle rockets using compressed air; everyone joined in the activity. Chief Master Sergeant Blake Scott conducted drill and marching activities; leadership class was lead by Cadet Commander Daniel Flanick. Staff Sergeant James Buchheit was awarded his Wright Brothers Certificate and the Cadet of the Quarter shoulder cord.

The surprise of the evening was the birthday celebration of Jackson Curtis. Young Mr. Curtis has faithfully attended the squadron meetings since November 2016. He participated in activities allowed by Civil Air Patrol as a non-member, learned what he could and waited until he turned twelve. Curtis not only became a cadet that evening, he tested and achieved his first rank, Cadet Airman. The squadron applauded his enthusiasm with an ABU tunic, complete with name tapes. His family was in attendance to pin his rank and  to help celebrate with refreshments.

photographs by Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Buzzard