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BCC wins color guard competition in tie breaker

Bethesda-Chevy Chase color guard team wins competition
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The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron color guard will represent the Maryland Wing at the Middle East Region color guard competition in March. Team members include Diana Lopez (top left), Caddi Golia (top right), Robert Nesko (bottom left) and John Walters (bottom right). (Photo credit: 1st Lt Brenda Reed)

2/11/2007––The color guard from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) Composite Squadron won the recent Maryland Wing Color Guard Competition, narrowly beating the Frederick Composite Squadron in a late day tie breaker. This annual event was held February 10 at Camp Fretterd, Md.

Both teams ended the competition with a tie in their overall scores. By regulation, a tie will be broken by the team that won the written examination portion of the competition. BCC won the written exam and the competition.

BCC and Frederick were joined by teams from the St. Mary's Composite Squadron, Howard Composite Squadron, and the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron.

Members of the winning team included Diana Lopez (commander), John Walters, Caddi Golia, and Robert Nesko.

The competition has seven events during the full-day activity: mile run, written examination on leadership theory, uniform inspection, panel quiz, standard drill, indoor presentation, and outdoor presentation.

Events were judged by a panel of four judges, two each from CAP and the Maryland Air National Guard. Lt. Col. Larry Buck and cadet colonel Jake Reed represented CAP, while master sgt. Rob Pounders and technical sgt. Mark Prorock represented the Maryland Air National Guard. Lt. Col. Phyllis Griffin, director of cadet programs for the Middle East Region CAP, tallied the scores at the end of the events.

At the end of the day, the following winners were announced during the awards ceremony:

  • Mile run (combined team score): Bethesda-Chevy Chase
  • Written exam: Bethesda-Chevy Chase
  • Inspection: Bethesda-Chevy Chase
  • Panel Quiz: Frederick
  • Standard Drill: Bethesda-Chevy Chase
  • Indoor Presentation: Howard
  • Outdoor Presentation: Frederick
  • Fleet Foot (female): Caddi Golia (BCC) with a mile run of 6:45
  • Fleet Foot (male): Daniel Tolbert (Frederick) with a mile run of 6:13
  • Highest written exam score: Sarah Wildman (Frederick)
  • Honor Cadet for competition: Daniel Tolbert (Frederick)

The winning team will join the wing drill team in representing Maryland Wing at the Middle East Region Cadet Competition, held at Fort Pickett, Va., in March.

CAP, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 57,000 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 23,000 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 more than 65 years.

There are approximately 1,300 members of CAP in Maryland.

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