3/10/2011–Westminster, MD–Cadet 2nd Lt. Nick Oland of the Carroll Composite Squadron was recently appointed cadet commander during a traditional ceremony held at the Maryland National Guard Armory.
Squadron commander Maj. Frank Jarosinski led the ceremony, where outgoing cadet commander Cadet Capt. Rick Stuart passed on the squadron’s guidon, signifying the completion of his term.
Cadet Oland, 17, is a senior at Winters Mill High School and has been a member of CAP since 2007. In 2008, he attended the Maryland Wing Aerospace (Glider) Academy and the Maryland-Delaware Encampment as a basic. In 2009, he returned to encampment as a flight sergeant, proudly accepting the award of Honor Flight for the week.
During the summer of 2010, he was one of six Maryland cadets selected to attend the wing's Solo Flight Scholarship Program, where he received ground school and flight training leading up to his first solo flight in a single engine Cessna.
Oland is involved in the emergency services mission of CAP as a Ground Team Member (GTM) level 3, and has served the squadron in past duty positions such as first sergeant, cadet basic training Instructor, physical training officer and deputy cadet commander. He demonstrates leadership outside of CAP as president of his school’s French Club and leader in the Awana Club.
Outgoing commander, Cadet Stuart, 18, is also a senior at Winters Mill. A member of CAP since 2004, he has attended Tri-Wing Encampment, NCO Academy, Virginia Search and Rescue School, Regional Cadet Leadership School and served as a team leader for the first responder course at the National Emergency Services Academy at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.
In addition to line staff duties, Stuart has also served as the squadron’s color guard officer-in-charge and cadet emergency services officer. Stuart is a member of his school’s JROTC drill team, color guard and raider team. He has served as battalion commander and was chosen JROTC Cadet of the Year in 2010. He also plays varsity football and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Cadet Stuart says his proudest moment while serving as cadet commander was learning that Carroll had received the distinction of being Maryland Wing's Squadron of the Year for 2010 at the Wing Conference in November.
Cadet Oland has set a long-term goal of earning that honor again. In the short term, he says, “My main goal is to create better cadets that know not only drill and ceremonies, but also how to be great leaders, respectful and confident in what they do."
The Carroll Composite Squadron is Maryland Wing’s fourth largest squadron with more than 90 members. The squadron meets at the Henry Evans National Guard Armory on Hahn Road in Westminster, Md., on Tuesday evenings. Prospective members and their families are always welcome. Additional information can be found on the squadron’s website: www.carrollcap.org.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 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 113 lives in fiscal year 2010. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.
The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 69 years. It is the largest sponsor annually of Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. For more information on Civil Air Patrol, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.
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.