3/1/2006–Baltimore, MD–The Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) has announced that the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron is winner of the 2006 Maryland Wing Color Guard Competition and will represent the wing at the Middle East Region competition, according to an announcement by Lt. Col. Larry Buck, project officer for the competition and the wing's deputy director of cadet programs.
The competition was held at the Maryland Air National Guard, located at Warfield Air National Guard Base at Martin State Airport in Baltimore.
Members of the winning team are:
Smith was also named the competition's outstanding cadet.
“The members of every team worked very hard, giving their all for the mile run, inspection, drill, and the competition," Buck said. "Overall, it was a great color guard competition.”
Finishing in second place was the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron. Also competing were the Fort McHenry and Frederick squadrons.
Individual awards were given to Fort McHenry's Stacey McManus and Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Susan Mackert for the best scores on the written exam, to Martin's Cadet Hood for being the fastest male runner, and to Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Caddi Golia for being the fastest female runner.
Judges were Spec. Timothy A. Jenkins and Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Langrehr from the Northern Team of the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard located at Havre De Grace Military Reservation in Havre De Grace, Md.
Assistance was also provided by Capt. Joseph Winter, the wing's director of cadet programs, who served as co-master of ceremonies; Lt. Col. William Duke, the wing's cadet programs staff officer, 1st Lt. Brenda Reed, the wing's drill team project officer, Cadet Capt. Kevin Finson of the Howard Composite Squadron, and Cadet Maj. Jake Reed of the Carroll Composite Squadron. Two members of CAP's Middle East Region, Lt. Col. Phyllis Griffin and John MaGaha, also provided assistance.
CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. CAP volunteers perform 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies.
Members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP Cadet Program. CAP's cadet programs provide young men and women with a safe and motivating environment in which to grow and explore opportunities in the military and aviation industries. Cadets progress through a 16-step program of leadership and aerospace education. CAP has been performing missions for America for 65 years.
There are approximately 1,300 members of CAP in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 34 search and rescue missions and were credited with 23 finds.
For information about the Maryland Wing of CAP, visit http://mdcap.org/ or listen to weekly episodes of "Civil Air Patrol Today" broadcast every Sunday morning on the following radio stations:
In addition, programs may be listened to at the Maryland Wing web site at http://mdcap.org/radio/ and can also be subscribed to as a podcast.
The Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in Suite 411 of Hangar 4 at Martin State Airport in Middle River, Md. For information, send an e-mail to JCThomas031@aol.com.