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New cadet leadership at Carroll Composite Squadron

Carroll Composite Squadron new cadet leadership. Pictured Top Left to Right : C/Capt. Aaron Scanlan, C/Master Sgt. Taylor Schwartzbeck, C/Senior Master Sgt. Landon Thorpe and Peter Cate C/2d.Lt. Ryan Zamecki, C/Capt. Jonathan Yerger. Front Row Left to Right: C/Chief Master Sgt. Brett Stiffler, C/SRA. Nicholas Willhide, C/A1C Jeremiah Cox, C/Tech. Sgt. Jonah Scanlan, C/Senior Master Sgt. Caleb Scanlan. Photo by: 1st. Lt. Alice Raatjes. Public Affairs Officer Carroll Composite Squadron

11/19/2014––The Civil Air Patrol Carroll Composite Squadron proudly announced a newly selected cadet leadership team.

Cadets learn by leading. Service on a cadet staff gives cadets an opportunity to apply their leadership skills and develop their potential. Cadet leaders help set cadet goals, coordinate activities and serve as peer mentors. The Carroll cadet leadership team promotes excellence in all that they do, are committed to the success of the cadet squadron and to service in the Civil Air Patrol.

CAP encourages success. As such, cadets value their position within the squadron and are proud of their progression through available leadership roles. C/Capt Jonathan Yerger is the Cadet Commander and is supported by a dedicated cadet staff that includes, deputy commander, C/Capt. Aaron Scanlan; flight commanders C/Master Sgt. Landon Thorpe, C/Senior Master Sgts. Taylor Schwartzbeck and Peter Cate and C/Staff Sgt. Jonah Scanlan. The cadet aerospace leader is C/Chief Master Sgt. Brett Stiffler; cadet leadership officer is C/2d.Lt. Sam Franese. Other cadet leadership staff include C/Senior Master Sgt. Caleb Scanlan and C/AIC Jonathan Blake, Jeremiah Cox and Nicholas Wilhide.

Congratulations are in order for the Carroll cadet leadership team for their willingness to lead and share their knowledge and abilities with their cadet squadron! Their commitment to the success of the CAP cadet program contributes to the effectiveness of the squadron as evidenced in the recent receipt of the 2013-14 Cadet Quality Unit Award.

While there are many youth oriented programs in America today, CAP's cadet program is unique in that it uses aviation as a cornerstone. Thousands of young people from 12 years through age 21 are introduced to aviation through CAP's cadet program. The 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. Cadets compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, as well as many others. The squadron’s cadet component provides many opportunities for its members to progress through the program and hold leadership roles.

The Civil Air Patrol Carroll Composite Squadron is comprised of both senior/adult and cadet members. Senior members mentor cadets, provide leadership training and character development. They serve as pilots, ground team members, and communication and safety officers among other positions. Cadet and senior members work side-by-side in various programs such as emergency services, search and rescue, training and development and so much more.

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, and for more information.

Nearly 1,500 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 or follow the wing on Facebook at

The Carroll Composite Squadron meets 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Hilltop Assembly of God Church Hall at 30 North Cranberry Road in Westminster, Md. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18, and their parents are always welcome. Adults seeking mentoring opportunities are invited as well. For more information, email or visit You can also follow the squadron on Facebook at