Captain Laura Smith-Velazquez,
CAP Mt Airy Composite Squadron Commander
On Saturday May 23rd Mt. Airy Composite Squadron set up at Bass Pro Shop to raise funds for Wreathes Across America (WAA). The cadets spoke to customers about WAA its purpose and importance as well as giving information abut CAP. The cadets enjoyed talking to the public and even got the chance to speak to veterans who were shopping at the store. The squadron is very apreciative to Bass Pro Shop for being so helpful and accomidating. Thank you to everyone who donated and those who supported the squadron!
Pictures and Article by C/CMsgt Katherine Weinhold
Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing
Mount Airy celebrates accomplishments at Dining Out Awards Banquet
By 1st Lt Sherrie Weinhold CAP
3/21/2015 Damascus MD-Members of Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing’s Mount Airy Composite Squadron hosted their annual awards banquet on March 21, at the Montgomery United Methodist Church, Damascus Md.
The Mount Airy squadron held a dining out and awards banquet which highlighted this year’s achievements. The evening began with the presentation of colors rendered by the Mount Airy squadron color guard members, Cadet Senior Master Sargent Danny Flannick, Cadet Staff Sargent Jason Lohoefer, and Cadet Chief Master Sargent Katherine Weinhold and Keith Lohoefer.
The squadron was honored to have Major Kevin Martin, Maryland Wing group 1 commander in attendance at the banquet.
Each year, through an outstanding partnership with the Air Force Association (AFA), AFA presents a medal to the most outstanding CAP cadet. This silver medal presentation is accompanied by a sky blue ribbon and a certificate. This year Cadet 2nd Lt Joshua Flannick was presented the award.
As well as our association with the AFA the Air Force Sergeants association presents their award to an NCO. Master Sargent Johhny Forman was present from the AFSA to explain and present the award. This year C/SMsg Daniel Flanick is the recipient of this year’s award.
Mount Airy Composite squadron is privileged to have the support of the AFA and AFSA organizations.
In the tradition of Mount Airy’s past award ceremonies, cadets were recognized for their special strengths and contributions to the unit:
Outstanding Leadership Initiative – This is awarded to the cadet who most excelled in leadership instruction during 2014 – Cadet 2d Lt Joshua Boline.
Best Precision Drill – This is awarded to the cadet who has exhibited standards exceeding PT requirements during 2014 – Cadet Staff Sergeant Jason Lohoefer.
Best Physical Fitness This is awarded to the cadet who has exhibited standards exceeding PT requirements during 2014 – Cadet Staff Sergeant Jason Lohoefer.
The squadron’s 2014 “of the year” Awards were saved for last. These awards included:
Senior Member of the Year-This award is chosen by the cadets to recognize a senior member who goes above and beyond in supporting the cadets.1st Lt Sherrie Weinhold
Cadet Airman of the year – 2014 CADET AIRMAN OF THE YEAR – This award is presented to the Phase I cadet who has most excelled in all facets of the cadet program during Cadet Airman Zack Phelps
Cadet of the year- 2014 CADET OF THE YEAR – This award is presented to the cadet of any grade who displayed the most all around excellence during 2014.
The 2014 Mount Airy Composite Squadron Cadet of the Year is Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Katherine Weinhold. Cadet Chief Master Sgt Katherine Weinhold
All in attendance enjoyed a slide show prepared and presented by Cadet Chief Master Sgt Katherine Weinhold which summarized the training, search, and rescue exercises, promotions, and events of 2014.
Volunteers Supporting Volunteers
Mount Airy Civil Air Patrol Squadron assist Kiwanis Club of Frederick County
March 29 2014
Setting tables, providing traffic control and parking assistance, members of the Mount Airy Squadron assisted the Kiwanis club of Frederick at their semi-annual pancake breakfast. “We were pleased to be asked to offer our squadrons support again this year to help Kiwanis with their breakfast , Steve Weinhold, Maj, CAP” The breakfast is a fundraiser that enables Kiwanis to fulfill their objective to change the world through service to children and communities. Working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things happen!
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). It performs three congressionally assigned key missions: emergency services, which include search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations; aerospace education for youth and the general public; and cadet programs for teenage youth.
Though each of the cadet and senior members has areas of expertise in the assigned key missions of Civil Air Patrol, service is a key element in the squadron as a whole.
Each of these volunteer organizations is populated by people in our neighborhoods. They tirelessly give of themselves to better service our communities. These fine organizations work to better the lives of all individuals with youth being a priority. Allowing individuals to develop and grow and training the next generation of leaders,
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. 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 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars. For more information contact the Mount Airy Squadron at 301 829 3603
Congratulations to Maryland Wing Speak Off winners!Basic Category: C/MSgt Adam Huie – Mt. Airy Composite
Advanced Category: C/SSgt Daniel Lee – Arundel Composite
Impromptu Category: C/TSgt Brandon Boehm – Arundel CompositeThese cadets will represent Maryland Wing at the Middle East Region Cadet Speak Off in April!
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/
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.