6/13/2003–Mount Airy, MD–Seven senior members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have successfully completed a Squadron Leadership School hosted by the Mount Airy Composite Squadron at the Frederick Composite Squadron headquarters.
Graduates from the Mount Airy squadron were 2d Lt Jack E. Bowerman of Mount Airy, 2d Lt Sudha Kaistha of Mount Airy, 1st Lt Gamiel Burgos of New Market, Lt Col James H. Myers of Woodbine, and Lt Col Charles A. Proctor of Mount Airy. Also graduating were 1st Lt John M Weaver of Leonardtown, who is a member of the St. Mary's Composite Squadron, and Senior Member Frank Kalupa of the Winchester Composite Squadron in Winchester, Va.
Squadron Leadership School helps develop a general understanding of the basic functions of a CAP squadron and is designed to enhance a senior member's performance. The two-day course covered Organization, Progression, Liaison Structure, Professional Image, Effective Communications, Human Resources, Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs, and Operations.
Lt Col Proctor, Mt. Airy squadron's Professional Development Officer, was Course Director. Maj. Judith McLellan, Mount Airy Squadron's Commander, was Assistant Director. Lt Burgos, Mount Airy Squadron's Emergency Services Officer, was Administration Officer.
They were assisted by instructors, including Mike Vertlieb, Wing Liaison Officer; Lt Col James Steinmeier, Wing Vice Commander; Maj. David Younce, Region Professional Development Officer; Maj Ron King, Wing Counter Drug Officer; Lt Col John Knowles, Commander of MDWG Group IV; 1st Lt Mark Erickson, Wing Communications Officer; Maj Meredith Phares, Hagerstown Aerospace Education and Testing Officer; Cadet Maj Kathleen McLellan, Cadet Commander of MDWG Group IV; and Maj Tori Steinmeier, Wing Cadet Programs Officer.
"We very much enjoyed meeting some newer CAP members and helping them along with their CAP career, as well those that have been in a while and have not yet attended this class," said McLellan , the Assistant Director. "We also thank the instructors who stepped forward and offered to share their knowledge and experiences."