2017 Aug – CAP Milestone Awards Celebrated in Mt Airy

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), celebrated the awarding of prestigious cadet milestone awards on August 24, 2017 at the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Banquet Hall, Mt Airy, Maryland. Cadet Executive Officer Daniel Flanick blazes the trail for Mt Airy cadets; he earned the rank of Cadet Captain and received the third cadet program milestone, the Amelia Earhart Award. Cadet Commander Blake Scott and Cadet Deputy Commander Raegan Buzzard have earned the rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant and achieved the second milestone, the General Billy Mitchell Award. Cadet Amy Franklin and Cadet Aurora Albertson promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and received their first cadet program milestone, the Wright Brothers Award. Earned earlier this year, The following certificates were awarded following the milestone portion of the ceremony: VFW Cadet Officer of the Year (2016), Daniel Flanick and VFW Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year (2016), Raegan Buzzard.

The squadron was privileged to have Rear Admiral Scott Giberson, US Public Health Services, as the guest speaker/presenter and Lieutenant Colonel Ray Buzzard, Mt Airy Composite Squadron Commander, was the master of ceremonies. RADM Giberson came to celebrate cadet performance and advancement, praising them for their commitment, enthusiasm and civic involvement. Through the use of personal anecdotes and examples, he provided the cadet with the following words of wisdom: “ I’ll leave you with three things that really help me succeed in life and they apply no matter what your age. First, be dynamic . . . never idle. Second thing, have balance . . . spend time with your family, play your sports, study . . . The third thing is, build bridges . . . keep building bridges, don’t burn them.” RADM Giberson captivated and inspired his audience with his stirring remarks and dynamic personality.

CAP’s cadet program uses aviation as it’s foundation and allows cadets to progress through a 16-step plan. The plan is divided into four phases with a milestone achievement award at the completion of each phase. The Billy Mitchell award, second milestone, is earned by fifteen percent of all cadets nationally and the Amelia Earhart Award, third milestone, is earned by only three percent of the 24,000 CAP cadets nationwide. Cadet Captain Daniel Flanick is the first cadet from Mt Airy Composite Squadron to have earned the rank in close to a decade.

photographs by 2nd Lt Patti Messick & 2nd Lt Mary Alvarado

2017 August 17 Meeting

Mt Airy Composite Squadron gathered at 6:30 pm for a regularly scheduled Thursday meeting at the Carroll County Senior and Community Center, Mt Airy, MD. Following opening ceremony, the meeting began with drill practice. New cadets worked on in-place movements taught by the Cadet Technical Sergeant Mitch Walker and Lieutenant Colonel Dean Trombley. In the meantime, two other elements of cadets practiced and performed drill tests, as required for rank advancement.

Cadet 1st Lt Thorpe, Cadet Staff Sgt Swam and 2nd Lt Mike Swam from the Carroll Composite Squadron returned with a presentation, historical information about WWII planes and era, intended to prepare cadets for the Collins Foundation historical aircraft event to be held at the Carroll County Airport from October 13-15, 2017. Civil Air Patrol cadets will be allowed to see and work with vintage WWII planes such the B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, and the P-51 Mustang.

Emergency services training began with Lt Col Trombley showing cadets different supplies needed for deployment; examples included personal hygiene materials, sleeping bags, MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), and more. He also told cadets to pack more supplies than needed because if it is a 24-hour mission, expect to stay for three days.

2nd Lt Buchheit’s aerospace lesson was about the solar eclipse and it’s path across the United States. He explained that Maryland was going to see 80% of the eclipse, and how to stay safe during the eclipse.

At closing formation, six cadets received their next promotion:

  • C/Amn Daniel Larocca – promoted to Airman First class
  • C/Amn Ryan Larocca- promoted to Airman First class
  • C/A1C Jackson Curtis- promoted to Senior Airman
  • C/SrA Aurora Albertson- promoted to Staff Sergeant
  • C/SrA Amy Franklin – promoted to Staff Sergeant
  • C/TSgt Mitchell Walker- promoted to Master Sergeant

article by Cadet Staff Sergeant Amy Franklin

photographs by 2nd Lt Mary Alvarado & 2nd Lt Patti Messick


2017 August 10 Meeting

The Mt Airy Composite Squadron met at the Howard County Senior & Community Center, Mt Airy, on Thursday, 2017 August 10, for it’s regularly scheduled meeting at 1830 (6:30 pm).  Cadets began the evening with opening ceremony, followed by BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) inspection led by C/2nd Lt. Scott and C/CMSgt Pitt.

After inspections, cadets went inside for an aerospace class taught by 2nd Lt. Buchheit. The lesson was about velocity,  measuring time and distance and how it applies to flight. He divided distance over the time it took to travel, calculate horizontal velocity. Cadets then went outside to do a hands-on experiment with water balloons. They measured the time and distance the water balloon achieved when launched at a consistent angle. The data gathered was then used to calculate the velocity of the water balloons. At the end of the class, Lt. Buchheit told cadets the four parts that create flight – the four parts are: thrust, lift, drag, and gravity.

Cadet Second Lieutenant Scott conducted a class about hazardous materials and how to protect yourself. He told cadets that there are three levels of protection for different type of dangers. Level one is the least dangerous level, the only protection needed is a mask, gloves, and boots. Level two is slightly more dangerous than level one, it involves protection suits that only cover part of the body. Level three is the most dangerous level, this requires a full body suit, gas mask, gloves, boots, and helmets; there should be no exposed skin at this level. Lt Scott brought in some protective wear such as a bullet proof vest, a gas mask, and a helmet. He  demonstrated how to wear these items and cadets received the opportunity to try on the equipment.

Finishing the evening, cadet staff members worked individually with new cadets on basic drill.

Article by Cadet Staff Sergeant Amy Franklin

Photographs by 2nd Lt Patti Messick


Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), meeting conducted on the first Thursday of every month is dedicated to physical fitness. As stated in the CAP Physical Fitness program, the goal of the cadet physical fitness program is to make cadets physically fit and to motivate cadets to develop a lifelong habit of exercising regularly. Physical training, accomplished by cadets, helps improve self-confidence, build teamwork, and instill a sense of determination.

Cadets began the evening’s meeting performing the physical fitness test. The mile run was first, closely followed by push-ups, curl-ups, and sit & reach. Once testing was completed, cadets did additional exercises such as Indian runs, sunrise stretches, squats, push-ups (box, Hindu, and chain), and group sit-ups. Cadets also played a game of Sharks and Minnows, with a twist. For every round the rules would change, for one round if a minnow was tagged by a shark, the minnow would have to do ten push-ups.

While cadets did physical fitness outside, prospective cadets executed the wingman’s course inside. The wingman’s course is a teamwork building exercise where two individuals must work together to avoid running into obstacles. Just to make matters interesting, add a blindfold and an object balanced between them.

Near the end of the meeting, cadets performed improvisational speeches to improve public speaking and confidence. The topics were: customs and courtesies, the importance of cement, Christmas trees, and an improvisational speech about improvisational speeches. Finally, at closing formation, announcements were made and a new change in cadet staff positions was revealed:

  • Cadet Master Sergeant James Buchheit is the new Flight Commander
  • Cadet Technical Sergeant Mitch Walker is the new Flight Sergeant

Article by Cadet Staff Sergeant Amy Franklin, NCO PAO

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 Meeting

2017 July, fourth week meeting, held at the Carroll County Senior and Community Center, the squadron was honored to host cadets from Carroll Composite Squadron and four new youths exploring the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

Cadets began the evening with drill practice and testing for cadets pursuing their next promotion. Second Lieutenant Mike Swam, Carroll Composite Squadron, discussed an upcoming event, October 13th– 15th at Carroll County Airport, featuring WWII aircraft to include the B25 Bomber. He then talked to the cadets about the Introductory Communications User Test (ICUT), needed for communicating during large events and Emergency Services.

Lt Col Trombley went over a safety briefing on Operational Risk Management (ORM). The briefing covered the dangers inherent in everyday living and how to prevent those dangers from happening. Also, to be prepared for anything and pack more for a mission because you might need to stay pass the end time.

Cadets separated into groups for Character Development. They answered a series of questions designed to make them think about why they joined CAP and motivation; staying motivated, motivating each other and motivating others to join. Afterwards, cadets shared their answers and ideas on the topic.

The meeting was concluded with closing formation and promotions. Three cadets successfully achieved their next promotion:

  • Newest member, Cadet Dylan Marty promoted to Cadet Airman, completing the requirement for Phase 1, Achievement 1 – John Curry
  • Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Ashley Pitt completed Phase 2, Achievement 8 – Neil Armstrong
  • Cadet Commander Blake Scott promoted to 2nd Lieutenant by completing Phase 2 Achievement Award – General Billy Mitchell

2017, July 20 Visitors and Goals

Third week meeting, July 2017, Mt Airy Composite Squadron gathered at Carroll County Senior and Community Center, Mt Airy on July 20, 2017. Senior cadet staff is off on missionary work, National Special Activities and Leadership school. Cadet Technical Sergeant Mitch Walker is ready to step up and lead the evening activities. Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jason Lohoefer made a surprise visit to the squadron and stepped into the Master of Ceremonies position.

The meeting began with opening ceremonies and was followed by public speaking exercises. Cadets Dylan Marty and Raymond Buzzard introduced themselves identified some of their interests and discussed why they joined Civil Air Patrol. First Lieutenant Laura Smith Velazquez, our newest senior member, spoke on her youthful desire to become a pilot and engineer and her journey to achieve her goals. Guest visitor, Lieutenant Colonel Bob Midkiff dropped in to speak to the cadets about the Pathfinder program; Maryland Wing’s ground team training operation.

Last to speak was Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Lohoefer. He spoke of his experience at Mt Airy Composite Squadron, bid everyone a fond farewell and left for boot camp, four days. Jason joined his fellow Marine recruits at Paris Island on July 24th and is embracing his future with professionalism and enthusiasm. The squadron looks forward to his continued success and to seeing him again soon.

The theme for the night was goal setting. Everyone who spoke offered advice, examples and opportunities on achieving personal goals.

13 July 2017, Thursday Meeting

Mt Airy Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, gathered for their regularly scheduled Thursday meeting at the Carroll County Senior Center, Mt Airy, on 13 July 2017 . The meeting began with opening ceremony, drill practice and drill tests. Cadets must successfully show proficiency in drill as part of the promotion process to achieve the next rank.

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Pitt gave a speech about how practice, and even making mistakes, helps to make you a better leader. She provided examples of mistakes she made as she advanced in rank, how she learned from them, and why they helped her become a better leader.

Lt Col Trombley, Deputy Commander Mt Airy Composite Squadron, explained what Emergency Services is and what it does to protect our community, state, and nation. He also talked about requirements needed to perform Emergency Services such as ICUT (radio communications), First Aid and CPR. Cadets then went over the five major types of heat and cold injuries. Deputy Commander Trombley went over the different signs and symptoms of the injuries and ways to prevent and treat them; they are as follow:

  • Heat Cramps – Heat cramps are painful, brief muscle cramps. Muscles may spasm or jerk involuntarily. Heat cramps can occur during exercise or work in a hot environment or begin a few hours later.
  • Heat Exhaustion – a condition of physical weakness or collapse often accompanied by nausea, muscle cramps, and dizziness, that is caused by exposure to intense heat
  • Heat Stroke – a condition marked by fever and often by unconsciousness, caused by failure of the body’s temperature-regulating mechanism when exposed to excessively high temperatures.
  • Frost Bite – injury to body tissues caused by exposure to extreme cold, typically affecting the nose, fingers, or toes and sometimes resulting in gangrene.
  • Hyperthermia – the condition of having a body temperature greatly above normal.

The meeting was concluded with announcements and encouragement for personal growth and development. During closing formation the following promotions were awarded:

  • Cadet Airman 1st Class Albertson promoted to Cadet Senior Airman (C/SrAmn)
  • Cadet Technical Sgt Buchheit promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant (C/MSgt
  • Cadet Chief Master Sgt Buzzard promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant (C/2nd Lt)

    Article by: Cadet Senior Airman Amy Franklin

    Photos by: Cadet Chief Master Sergeant  Raegan Buzzard