10/23/2014–Glen Burnie, Md.–Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol units earned the 2013-2014 Quality Cadet Unit Award.
The award motivates units to pursue goals that can lead to a vibrant cadet program. The award program rates composite and cadet squadrons on 11 criteria. The categories include adult leadership training, encampment, orientation flights, cadet achievements, Drug Demand Reduction participation, Aerospace Education and STEM kit (science, technology, engineering and math) participation, enrollment, retention, growth and CyberPatriot competition participation.
Frederick, Calvert, College Park, Arundel, Annapolis, Glenn L. Martin, Carroll, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Wicomico, St. Mary's and Ft. McHenry Composite Squadrons earned the 2013-2014 award.
The Quality Cadet Unit Award was established by National Headquarters in 2010. 299 units across the national earned the most recent award.
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 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for over 70 years, CAP will soon receive the Congressional Gold Medal 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.