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

1000 Wreaths – Mt Airy Composite Squadron’s Goal

This year Mt Airy Composite Squadron has set a goal of 1000 wreath sponsorship and has begun its efforts early this year. The cadets manned a booth at Walter Reed Hospital on April 17 and were greeted with support and encouragement. While there the cadets were privileged to meet Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, 19th United States Surgeon General. He stopped to speak with the cadets and added his support in their endeavor.

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol is proud to support the efforts of Wreaths Across America whose mission is to “Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve and their families and Teach our children the value of freedom.” Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, wreath-laying ceremonies are conducted at over 1,200 national cemeteries in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. Last year, Arlington National Cemetery was short over 100,000 graves.

The squadron will continue to seek sponsorship on an individual basis, at event booths and on-line. You can donate on-line at wreathacrossamerica.org. Select the “Sponsor a wreath with a local fundraising group” donate button and search for Mt Airy Composite Squadron. You can donate to the squadron or scroll through the individual pages and select a cadet. The current wreath sponsorship is one hundred and thirty eight out of one thousand. The squadron may be small, but it continues to prove its “Can Do” motto.

2017 April Aerospace

Second week of the month of April and the squadron gathers again for safety, aerospace, drill and flight time at the Mt Airy Senior and Community Center. The safety lesson demonstrated the use of rubber gloves and how to remove them when contaminated. Avoiding the use of ketchup, too realistic, the use of mustard was employed to test the practice.

The cadets continue on the path to Rocketry Badge achievement.   Last month, the rubber band powered rocket was assembled and launched. This week, the pop-bottle rocket was assembled, no time for launch.

Flight time and drill were observed. The meeting was concluded with the presentation of two Wright Brothers Awards. Staff Sergeant Mitch Walker recently achieved his rank in March and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Ashley Pitt achieved her rank in October 2016.

photographs taken by Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Buzzard

2017 Frederick Municipal Airport

Carroll Composite Squadron, 1st Lt Randy Budge, Commander, and 2nd Lt Michael Swam, Deputy Commander of Cadets, invited Mt Airy Composite Squadron to join them in a field trip to Frederick Municipal Airport on 18 March 2017. This was a cadet inspired and planned activity. Three cadets from and three senior members from Mt Airy Composite Squadron joined the Carroll Composite Squadron cohort at the AOPA (Airplane Owners and Pilots Association) National Aviation Community Center.

The cadets were treated to an hour of flight simulation. Three different simulators were available along with instruction by Mike Woods, manager of the AOPA National Aviation Community Center. Another hour was dedicated for a tour of the air traffic control tower. Air traffic controllers, Jeremy, Steve and Gayle fielded question about the airfield, their work, personal histories and the different educational avenues available.

Frank Watson, CFI, pilot and instructor completed the morning with a preflight demonstration and lesson. Mr. Watson is a member of the Frederick Composite Squadron and is familiar with the Frederick Municipal Airport community. The cadets were encouraged to inspect the airplane with sight and touch.

Following lunch, the group traveled to the Maryland State Police Hanger where they were greeting by Paramedic Melissa Haut, pilots Tim Fulk and Craig Renier. Paramedic Haut and pilot Fulk presented the Maryland State Police Aviation Command’s history and mission. They shared statistics, personal histories, educational challenges and various routes available for training. The cadets were treated with a hand-on opportunity to explore the helicopter and to ask additional questions on a one-on-one basis.

Additional assistance came in the form of 2nd Lt David Cox, Carroll Composite Squadron, and 2nd Lt Jim Buchheit, Mt Airy Composite Squadron. They were instrumental in generating relevant questions as well as in answering cadet queries.

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.

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!