Toastmasters Visit MtAiry Squadron

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The Mount Airy Squadron was privileged to have 3 Toastmasters visit the squadron to instruct cadets and seniors in public speaking. One of the main objectives was to prepare the cadets to Civil Air Patrols’ speak off competition in February.

Rob Hill, Mervin Bierman and Lana Ray provided instruction to the cadets on the following topics: How to structure, write and eloquently deliver a speech.  Lana Ray explained how the clock works and the importance of adhering to the competition rules. The toastmaster’s not only taught throughout the evening they had cadets and senior members give impromptu speeches on random topics.

During Q/A period C/CMSgt Weinhold asked Mr. Bierman “How did you get involved in Toastmasters?” Mr. Bierman explained how in school he wanted to differentiate himself from other students. To help accomplish this this he took a public speaking class which led him to Toastmasters.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 292,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations

The Civil Air patrols speak off competition is for cadets of all ages and skill levels. Categories include prepared speech and impromptu for both beginner and advanced candidates. Participants are encouraged to invite their family to watch the competition.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 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 80 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. The Mount Airy Squadron meets every Thursday from 7-9 at the Mount Airy Senior Center. Please contact 1st Lt Sherrie Weinhold at 301 829 3603 or http://mtairy-cap.org/

Wreaths Across America 2013

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Mount Airy Civil Air Patrol participates in Wreaths Across America.

On Dec 14 2013 13 members of Mount Airy  Civil Air Patrol honored our fallen veteran’s by laying  wreaths with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.  By placing remembrance wreaths on the graves of military veterans during the holiday season, Wreaths Across America seeks to remember, honor and teach others about the courage and sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Wreaths Across America culminates this year on Dec. 14 with an estimated 10,000 volunteers placing wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery and many of Arlington’s memorials, including the Tomb of the Unknowns. Simultaneous ceremonies will be held throughout the day at 800-plus veterans’ cemetery or war memorial sites in all 50 states, as well as 20 foreign locations.

Civil Air Patrol is the largest group fundraising for Wreaths Across America, and its members also lead or participate, often with color and honor guards, in many of the ceremonies at war memorials and cemeteries held nationwide and abroad. Officers and cadets from nearly 400 CAP squadrons, including the Mount Airy Squadron, are signed up to organize National Wreaths Across America Day observances on Dec. 14 in their regions, states and communities.

“CAP members help lead the way by selling wreath sponsorships and coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies,” said Col. J.D. Ellis, CAP’s 2013 national Wreaths Across America coordinator. “Like Wreaths Across America, we take pride in honoring those who have served our country,” said Ellis. “This is our way of expressing our appreciation and paying tribute for the sacrifices made for our country by our service men and women.”

“In all my years supporting WAA I have never been so amazed at the willingness of people to support our fallen heroes. From everyday people to family of fallen soldiers to veterans, everybody is willing to stop and talk, whether they give a donation or not. I look forward to supporting WAA in the future and helping remember our fallen heroes”, Cadet Captain Kevin Lohoefer,CAP

The Mount Airy Squadron would like to thank American Legion Mt. Airy Post, American Legion Towson Post, Monocracy Valley VFW, Chiropractic First, Mt. Airy Tavern, Mt. Airy Lions Club, Damascus Lions Club, Burrier Queen Funeral Home, The Plumbery, SOL Levinson & Bros., Inc.  and the familieys who supported our efforts in our squadrons sponsorship of 391 wreaths.

The Mount Airy Composite Squadron meets every Thursday at the Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Road, Mount Airy, MD from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Promotions December 2013

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Mount Airy Cadets Receive Promotions

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Mount Airy Composite Squadron a unit of Maryland’s Civil Air Patrol, recently promoted three of their cadets. Major Steve Weinhold congratulated them on their advancement in the cadet program and presented each with their new rank. C/CMSgt Josh Poole, C/CMSgt Katherine Winhold and C/2Lt Josh Flannick (a receipt of the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award) were all applauded for their achievements. C/2dLt Josh Flannick will be presented with his official award Certificate at the squadron awards banquet in February. His Mitchell Achievement number is 63504.

Cadet Advisory Council works for Maryland cadets

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Maryland Wing’s Cadet Advisory Council. Left to right: Cadet 2nd Lt. Betsy Tang, Cadet Capt. Ann Marie Acevedo, Cadet Lt. Col. Christin McCall,Cadet 1 st Lt. Melissa Weinhold, Cadet Master Sgt. Kira Stiers and Cadet 2nd Lt. Morgan Edwards. Mary land Wing cadet program s officers Lt. Col. Bill Duke and Lt. Col. Larry Buck observe the meeting. (Photo credit: 1 st Lt. Sherrie Weinhold, CAP)

Baltimore, MD–Cadets in Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol have an outstanding group of cadets working to bring more activities to the group and wing level with the Cadet Advisory Council (CAC).

Recently CAC council chair, Cadet Lt. Col. Christin McCall, and vice chair, Cadet 1st Lt. Melissa Weinhold, met with group representatives to plan events for the Maryland Wing Conference.  They also worked on making the Battle of Cadets a wing event.  The first ever Battle of Cadets was sponsored by Group I last year and was a huge success.  Having all cadets in Maryland Wing participate will make it even better. Your representatives are working for you.  Pass your ideas to your squadron representatives and they will in turn take it to the group representatives.   Your group representatives meet with the CAC council to brainstorm ideas under the direction of Maj. Colin Carmello. “Working as a squadron representative for CAC is enabling me to work at the wing level supporting local cadets and their ideas,” states Cadet 2nd Lt. Morgan Edwards.

Mount Airy Cadets participate in glider orientation flights

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Mount Airy Cadets participate in glider orientation flights

By Sherrie Weinhold, 1st Lt, CAP

Public Affairs Officer, Mount Airy Composite Squadron

8/17/2013 – Churchville, MD – Three Civil Air Patrol cadets from the  Mount  Airy Composite Squadron had the opportunity to use the O-FLIGHT PROGRAM MOTTO:  Safe, Fun, and Educational in their first glider flight.  Safety came from the instruction of Senior Member Brian Collins, Maryland Wings glider operations officer.  The fun was through the excitement and dedication of the Atlantic soaring Club.  The education came before, during and after the orientation flights.

Before the flights cadets are briefed on how to prepare and inspect the glider for safe flight.  During their time in the air the cadets learned how to bank, dive and recover to level.   After the flights the cadets are instructed for landing procedures and help in taking the glider back to the tow plane.

As part of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, all cadets are given the opportunity to participate in orientation flights.  Cadets are eligible for a total of ten flights, five in a powered aircraft and five in a glider.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 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 80 lives annually.  Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.  The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.  Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Nearly 1,700 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 29 search and rescue missions and were credited with 13 finds saving 3 lives.  Maryland Wing flew over 160 missions for the state of Maryland for a total of 2,222 hours flown.  Volunteers contributed service estimated at 4.2 million dollars.  For more information contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org.

First Flight

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May 30, 2013 Mount Airy, MD

By 2d Lt. Sherrie Weinhold, CAP

Soaring through the air is many a young person’s dream and through the Cadet Orientation Flight (O-Flight) program of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) five Mount Airy Squadron cadets took their dreams to the air.  These five cadets were awarded First Flight certificates by the Squadron Commander, Capt Steve Weinhold, at the May 30, 2013, squadron meeting.

Every cadets has the opportunity through the O‑Flight program to take five powered and five glider flights.  With a few exceptions, the powered flights are taken in a CAP‑owned single engine Cessna aircraft. The CAP pilots are licensed by Federal Aviation Administration and must meet additional requirements set by CAP.

“Our son Danny is anxiously awaiting his O-flight.  He will follow in the footsteps of his five older brothers in the cadet program.  It was a life‑changing experience for them that probably would have never come to fruition without the opportunities CAP provides.” Karyn Flannick mother of six young men who have enjoyed the opportunities offered in the CAP cadet program.

The CAP O-Flight program introduces youth to general aviation through a hands‑on experience in single engine air craft and gliders.  The Civil Air Patrol cadet orientation program provides an opportunity for cadets to experience the excitement of flying and the first hand experience to see if aviation is an avenue for them to pursue in their future.

The Robert Ayers Solo Flight School, another aviation program through CAP was established to reward dedicated CAP Cadets with the necessary tools to get started towards their aviation education future has given CAP cadets the opportunity to take the O-Flight experience to the next level, by learning the skills required to take their first solo flight.

“I always knew I wanted to fly, as a cadet I had the chance to see if it was a dream or if it was to be my future.” Melissa Weinhold, Cadet 1st Lt. CAP graduate and recipient of the Robert Ayers scholarship from the Solo school program.

Through the flight experiences cadets gain through the CAP aviation programs have led many cadets to become America’s aviation leaders of tomorrow.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft.  CAP, in its U.S. Air Force auxiliary role, performs 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 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.  The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Nearly 1,600 members of CAP serve in Maryland.  Last year wing members flew 29 search and rescue missions and were credited with 13 finds saving 3 lives. Maryland Wing flew over 160 missions for the state of Maryland for a total of 2,222 hours flown.  Volunteers contributed service estimated at 4.2 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org

Color Guard

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Mount Airy Sends Color Guard to State Competition

A team of 5 cadets from the Mount Airy Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing (MDWG) Civil Air Patrol (CAP) took second place in the 2013 MDWG Color Guard Competition. The event was held at Parkland Magnet Middle School in Rockville on Feb.9th.  The team coached by C/1stLt Melissa Weinhold consisted of the team’s commander C/MSgt Keith Lohoefer, and team members C/SSgt Ashley Peterson, C/TSgt Katherine Weinhold, C/A1C Danny Flanick and C/Amn Jason Lohoefer.  C/Amn Lohoefer participated as the team’s alternate and was tasked with learning each member’s part in each element in case he was called upon to fill in. “It was an honor to assist and watch as our young people so proudly carried the American Flag and compete in a venue that supports patriotism,” said 2d Lt. Sherrie Weinhold, the team’s escort.

The purpose of the competition is to give cadets the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of CAP, their physical fitness ability, and their proficiency in drill while interacting with cadets from around the state.  The team members were extremely proud of the second place finishes in Indoor Practical and Panel Quiz. The first place finishes they earned in Standard Drill and In-Ranks inspection was a true testimony to their concentration on detail. To preform Standard Drill, cadets marched in line formation, as they would during a pass -in-review in a parade.  There is a specified drill sequence they preform consisting 25 commands that they must perform with precision.  In Ranks inspection requires the team to stand at attention while their uniforms, hair, shoes, riffles and posture are inspected by the honor guard and members of CAP. The team spent many hours as a group and individually preparing for the 6 events at competition, and earned second place overall.

The teams are judged by members of the US Air Force 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing Honor Guard and members from MDWG and Middle East Region headquarters. “Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information. Nearly 1,600 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 29 search and rescue missions and were credited with 13 finds saving three lives. Maryland Wing flew over 160 missions for the State of Maryland for a total of 2,222 hours flown.  Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.2 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org.”

The Mount Airy Squadron meets at 7pm Thursdays at the Mt. Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave. Mt Airy MD Prospective Cadets, ages 12to 18, and their parents are always welcome. For more information please call 301-829-3603.