The Mid Maryland Celtic Festival was held on 13 May 2017 at the Mt Airy Fire Department Carnival Grounds. Mt Airy Composite Squadron was there to provide parking and crowd control. The festival was accompanied by Highland weather; cold and rainy. Cadet Commander Daniel Flanick, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Raegan Buzzard, Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Ashley Pitt and Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin dedicated the entire day to help at the event. Support and reinforcements came in the form of Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Blake Scott, Cadet Airman Jackson Curtis, Cadet Airman Aurora Albertson and Cadet Airman Raymond Buzzard.
Squadron Commander Raymond Buzzard, Deputy Commander Dean Trombley and the squadron public affairs officer were on site to provide adult supervision and guidance for youth volunteers. Rain, misty weather, food tents, bagpipes, kilts, the hills of Mt Airy rang with the sounds of fun.
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:
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.
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.
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.”
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Meeting, Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Cadet Airman First Class Amy Franklin
Cadet Staff Sergeant (C/SSgt) Bucheit gave an outstanding power point presentation on his recent visit to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sergeant Bucheit provided information on the buildings he visited that included the dorm rooms, cafeteria (Mitchell Hall), Chapel, Hap Hall, and the Engineering classroom. He also shared photos of the military planes that are now statued at the Academy. Sergeant Bucheit explained how big the Academy is and that an estimated 4,000 Cadets can be found throughout the grounds in a dorm (three Cadets per room), in a classroom (25 per classroom), and Mitchell Hall. All 4,000 cadets are in the cafeteria at the same time for meals. Sergeant Bucheit also provided every CAP cadet an Air Force Academy pamphlet and explained what the Academy’s mission, which is “To educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the Air Force in service to our nation”. Sergeant Bucheit’s presentation helped to inspire CAP cadets to work and train hard to someday go to the academy and one day become an U.S. Air Force Officer.
Lt Col Trombley discussed the character development entitled ‘The Price of Honor’. We broke into groups and read a story about how a cadet was given a well-deserved ribbon, while another cadet was overcome with jealously and decided to try to purchase the same ribbon. We discussed why the cadet’s behavior was wrong and how his behavior demonstrated his loss of the CAP’s core values – Integrity, Excellence In All We Do, and Respect.
photographs by 2nd Lt Mary Alvarado
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
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.
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
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.