Cadet Burden’s First O’Flight

Cadet Lauren Burden, from Mt Airy Composite Squadron, joined First Lieutenant Owen Andrusiak at Montgomery County Airpark on Saturday afternoon, April 08, 2017. When a last minute flight cancellation occurred, Cadet Burden stepped up and hastened to the Airpark to achieve her fist flight after having spent her morning with the Mt Airy Chili Cook-off. She assisted Mt Airy Squadron with traffic and crowd control at the event and was able to save a scheduled flight. Cadet Basic Burden is the newest addition to the Mt Airy Squadron and already making a great show of her commitment.

First Lieutenant Andrusiak is a Civil Air Patrol Pilot, member of the Montgomery Senior Squadron (CAP) and Congressional Flying Club. He has the additional responsibility of coordinating cadet flights. Not showing up for a scheduled flight is disrespectful of the time and effort the pilots and senior staff put into scheduling and organizing. The worst part is the fact that it takes away a flight from another cadet.

The photographs are courtesy of 1st Lt Andrusiak.

2017 April – Buzzard O’Flight

Cadet Chief Raegan Buzzard and her brother Cadet Basic Raymond Buzzard III, from Mt Airy Composite Squadron, joined First Lieutenant Owen Andrusiak at Montgomery County Airpark on Sunday morning, April 2, 2017. The sky was clear, the morning crisp and the weather perfect for an orientation flight (O’Flight). First Lieutenant Andrusiak is a Civil Air Patrol Pilot, member of the Montgomery Senior Squadron (CAP) and Congressional Flying Club. These seasoned pilots share their passion for flight by devoting their talent, expertise and volunteer time toward the education of cadet members, under the age of 18.

Chief Buzzard shared her fifth and final O’Flight with her brother’s first flight. They arrived twenty minutes early and Lt Andrusiak had them assist a thorough pre-flight check. He described the different parts of the plane, how they functioned, math, physics and basic aerodynamics. Thank you for your service; both cadets plan to pursue further flight instruction.

First Aid, CPR and AED Training

Mt Airy Composite Squadron participated in a squadron run First Aid Training on Saturday, 25 March 2017. Lt Col Dean Trombley and Major Tina Trombley sought the training and qualifications necessary to provide this low cost training to our Squadron.; not a small undertaking on a financial and personal level. Major Trombley said “ . . . the benefit of the video training is the standardization of teaching methods.”

The squadron attendees earned the American Heart Associations Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED. Cadets Kudos to the instructors: “ . . . exceed(ed) all Basic First Aid and CPR training provided by my Red Cross paid staff at all the Centers in my Region,”

Mt Airy Composite Squadron Commander Raymond Buzzard, former Red Cross Regional Committee Chairman (Northwestern Georgia) 1999-2004.


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 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.

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,

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 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

photos courtesy of 2nd Lt Patti Messick