7/17/2010–Laurel, MD–Six members of Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Howard Composite Squadron staffed rehydration stations along the bike course component of the Celebration Spirit Triathlon that was held by the Columbia Triathlon Association on the last Sunday in June. This was the first time Howard helped staff this event.
Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Joni Taylor was proud of how the squadron “worked together as a team to get the job done.” She also enjoyed the opportunity to use the organizational skills she learned in Civil Air Patrol to help make the event more efficient.
Howard Composite Squadron was asked to provide personnel by The Arc of Howard County, which teaches life and occupational skills to developmentally disabled county citizens. The Arc supports five triathlons held in Howard County each year.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.
More than 1,500 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 42 search and rescue missions and were credited with 31 finds. For more information, visit www.mdcap.org.
The Howard Composite Squadron meets weekly at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md. For more information, contact squadron commander Maj. Elza Redman at firstname.lastname@example.org.