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Carroll squadron completes eventful summer

Cadets attended the National Blue Beret in Oshkosh Wisconsin. L-R: C/1stLts Aaron Scanlan, Olivia Persing and Jonathan Yerger

8/30/2014––The members of Maryland Wing's Carroll Composite Squadron had an exciting and busy summer.

Carroll cadets completed cadet programs achievements during the summer. Cadet Airmen Jonathan Blake, Jeremiah Cox, Reece Earle, Jacob Evangelist and Kit Imwold earned the General John F. Curry Award. Cadet Airmen First Class Nicholas Wilhide and Ryan Magana earned the Hap Arnold Award. Cadet Staff Sergeant Austin Coale earned Wright Brothers Award number 27469 and completed Phase I of the CAP Cadet Program. Cadet Master Seargents Caleb Scanlan and Kyle Coale earned the Charles Lindbergh Award. The CAP cadet program allows young people to progress at their own pace through a 16-step program including aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.

Carroll cadets participated in the 2014 Tri-Wing Encampment. Civil Air Patrol members from the Maryland, Delaware and National Capital Wings joined for a weeklong encampment at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown Maryland. The Tri-Wing Encampment hosted 164 students, 56 cadet staff and 33 senior staff mentors. Encampment is the most significant, worthwhile training experience in a CAP cadet's career. It is a weeklong basic training-like program and is designed to develop a greater understanding of CAP and Air Force missions and capabilities, personal and team leadership, and teamwork.

Cadet First Lieutenants Olivia Persing, Aaron Scanlan and Jonathan Yerger joined over one hundred other cadets from around the nation at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual fly-in at Oshkosh, Wi. CAP and EAA developed a comprehensive program that provides training and support for the air show activities. Cadets worked several areas including flight line and exhibit areas. Training included techniques of aircraft marshaling and electronic direction finding. Cadets also provided critical support for the premier aviation event and air show, which annually draws 500,000-plus people and included more than 10,000 aircraft. This event is one of manynational cadet special activities provided each summer by Civil Air Patrol.

The Carroll squadron is very active in the community. One activity is the collaboration with the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Air Wing on cook details. Nine cadets and four senior members volunteered with ANG personnel to prepare and serve hundreds of ANG members a midday meal during a monthly drill weekend. ANG mess staff delegated and monitored duty assignments which varied from food preparation to cleanup. Everyone helped to prepare a complete meal including entrée's, salads, sides and deserts. Cadets and ANG personnel worked together as a cohesive unit. Although it was hard work, the gratitude expressed by ANG personnel was well appreciated.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals 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 more than 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for over 70 years, CAP will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in 2015 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com, www.capvolunteernow.com and www.capgoldmedal.com for more information.

Nearly 1,600 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org or follow the wing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.

 The Carroll Composite Squadron meets 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Hilltop Assembly of God Church Hall at 30 North Cranberry Road in Westminster, Maryland. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18, and their parents are always welcome. Adults seeking mentoring opportunities are invited as well. For more information, email carrollcomposite@yahoo.com or visit www.carrollcap.org. You can also follow the Squadron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capcarrollcomposite.