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Maryland Wing squadrons participate in CyberPatriot competition

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Annapolis Composite Squadron CyberPatriot team. From L-R: Cadet Airman First Class Jedaiah Mollon Captain Robert Williams Cadet 2d Lieutenant Michael Brown Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Nicholas Schardt. Photo by Major Elizabeth Marx

3/31/2015––CyberPatriot teams from Maryland Wing's St. Mary’s Composite Squadron, Annapolis Composite Squadron, and Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the state recognition round. The teams competed in the All Services Division December 5-7. The All Services Division consists of High school JROTC programs, Civil Air Patrol units, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps units. Ten Maryland teams competed in the state round.

The Annapolis team was coached by Civil Air Patrol Captain Robert Williams who reported, “This is our very first year in the competition. I’m very proud of how well the team has done. They are having fun and getting great experience in a very important STEM field. Next year we will do even better."

Annapolis team captain, Cadet Second Lieutenant Michael Brown, stated, “I am happy with what this team has achieved especially since we are only composed of three people including me. Most squadron’s teams are composed of 5 members with a possible second team. For this reason I am proud of my team’s ability to underdog this year’s competition, especially since my other team members have had no experience before with cyber security. This year this team hopes to progress farther and will be training and recruiting members for the 2015 competition.”

Another Maryland Wing team from the Carroll Composite Squadron is committed to achieving an understanding of cyber programs, solving technical problems and participating in the national competition. In a recent practice round, the team spent several hours working on cyber programs, cryptography exercises, decoding, networking and solving complex technical challenges. The newly formed Carroll squadron CyberPatriot team is comprised of senior member and team captain 1st. Lt. Raoul “Randy” Budge, C/SMSgt Calab Scanlan, C/TSgts Jerimiah Cox and Jonah Scanlan, C/SSgt Austin Cole and C/SA Nicholas Wilhide. SMs Eric Scanlan and Donald Cox are working with the cadet team and expanding their knowledge of the cyber world of technology.

CyberPatriot is designed to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Competitions are held for middle and high school aged students to enhance skills in cyber defense. It is sponsored by the Air Force Association, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization. The 7th national competition is scheduled for 11-15 March 2015.

The Annapolis Composite Squadron meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings at Lee Airport, 3090 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, Maryland. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18, and their parents are always welcome. Adults seeking volunteer opportunities are invited as well. For more information, email information@capannapolis.org or visit our web page at www.capannapolis.org

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.

 

Nearly 1,600 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 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.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 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 the past 73 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 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.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

 

1st. Lt. Alice Raatjes, Public Affairs Officer, Carroll Composite Squadron, contributed to this article.