12/1/2014–Westminster, MD–Civil Air Patrol Members from Maryland Wing's Carroll Composite Squadron took an active part in the 2014 Maryland General Election.
During the election, Carroll Squadron assisted at 14 polling places with 215 voting machines. Mount Airy Composite Squadron also assisted at one polling place with 30 machines. Subsequent to the election, Carroll Squadron members assist in the cleanup process by returning to the polling places to dismantle the machines for storage until the next election. Bobbi Savaliski, chief judge of local precinct 14 2/3 commented, “Your squadron always arrives on time, they are efficient, helpful, polite and work until the job is complete. It is such a relief to know that the setup and take down of the voting units is taken care of and it is one less thing we (Election judges) have to worry about. Especially at the close of the election, when there is so much going on; their support is a great help. They have assisted in many elections past, and their work ethic has always been consistent.”
Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Frank Jarosinski stated, “The Squadron remains committed to community service and we are proud of our involvement in the national election process.”
This community-based service helps not only the local election board by providing direct volunteer labor; it provides an opportunity for the Carroll members to be part of the democratic voting process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.carrollcap.org. You can also follow the Squadron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capcarrollcomposite.