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2011 news releases

12/30/2011—Civil Air Patrol partners with FAA for safety training
Civil Air Patrol has established a safety education partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration that will provide CAP members with automatic education credits for completing safety education within the FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.
12/30/2011—Annapolis members lay wreath for former member
Members of the Annapolis Composite Squadron participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremonies held at Annapolis National Cemetery on December 10th. The Annapolis squadron specifically recognized Pfc. Harry Morse, USA, a former member killed in Vietnam.
12/23/2011—Honor guard lends CAP presence to U.S. Army Field Band's music video
A Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol honor guard plays a prominent role in the first music video by the U.S Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors, “Welcome Christmas.” The video was produced to salute American soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other overseas locations
12/20/2011—Ft. McHenry reaches the stratosphere
As a part of their aerospace education program the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron launched a weather balloon with the goal of reaching the stratosphere. The project even had a NASA-style project name – CHASE-1 (CAP High Altitude Stratospheric Experiment, mission one). But what they achieved was more than just a high-altitude flight.
12/14/2011—Martin squadron holds emergency services training weekend
Members of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron recently held an emergency services training and camping weekend at Camp Cone, Gunpowder State Park, Md., where members learned outdoor survival skills and introductory lesson in emergency services.
12/10/2011—Howard squadron celebrates 70th birthday of Civil Air Patrol
Seventy years to the day after the founding of Civil Air Patrol, Maryland Wing's Howard Composite Squadron celebrated the organization’s birthday. Squadron members were recognized for their latest accomplishments in front of their peers and guests, after which refreshments were served while a slideshow of photos from recent years played in the background.
12/06/2011—Charles County squadron helps feed the needy
Charles County’s local Civil Air Patrol squadron helped feed ten needy families during the recent Thanksgiving holiday. The unit is part of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing and meets in Indian Head, Md.
11/30/2011—Maryland Wing members gather for annual conference and awards
More than 200 Civil Air Patrol members from around the state recently gathered together for the annual Maryland Wing Conference. This year’s event was held over Veteran’s Day weekend at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City, Md.
11/28/2011—National Commanders Message
Maj. Gen. Charles L. Carr, Jr. urges current CAP members to honor our WWII members.
11/28/2011—Civil Air Patrol approaches 70th anniversary, looks to honor World War II’s ‘unsung heroes’
On Dec. 1, Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, observes 70 years of vigilant service. But the celebration won’t be complete until CAP’s earliest members – now in their eighties and nineties – are “rightly honored” with the Congressional Gold Medal.
11/22/2011—Hagertown Squadron Holds Ground Team Training
Thirteen Hagerstown Composite Squadron members traveled to the Appalachian Trail east of Hagerstown and backpacked to the Pine Knob shelter training area. There the team learned how to purify water, to set up shelters, to start and extinguish fires, and to perform in and lead a search line in the woods.
11/03/2011—Seven Maryland teams compete in CyberPatriot
Civil Air Patrol’s defending CyberPatriot III champion, Team Wilson from the Florida Wing’s Orlando Cadet Squadron, leads 217 other CAP teams competing in CyberPatriot IV, America’s ultimate high-school level security challenge that asks students to defend against computer threat scenarios. Seven Maryland Wing teams are participating in the competition.
10/30/2011—Carroll cadet represents CAP in Normandy
Cadet Staff Sgt. Katelyn Davis, a member of Carroll Composite Squadron, part of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing, recently participated in the Albert H. Small travel seminar on Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Institute organized by National History Day in June 2011 to honor the fallen men and women of the D-Day campaign.
10/24/2011—Ft McHenry squadron holds change of command ceremony
The Fort McHenry Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing held a formal change of command ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Catonsville, Md. After three years under the command of Capt. Donald Ells, the command of the unit was transferred to Maj. Christopher Hiles.
10/23/2011—Mount Airy members participate in September 11th ceremony
Fourteen Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing’s Mount Airy Composite Squadron participated in the American Legion’s annual September 11 remembrance ceremony held on the tenth anniversary of the tragic attack. The ceremony was held at Pine Grove Cemetery on Main Street in Mount Airy, Md.
10/20/2011—Civil Air Patrol to observe Red Ribbon Week
Members of Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing will promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles October 23-31 as part of the nationwide observance of Red Ribbon Week. This year’s theme is “It’s Up To Me To Be Drug Free!”
10/18/2011—Ft. McHenry squadron aims for the stratosphere
The Fort McHenry Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing plans to launch a high-altitude weather balloon on Saturday, October 22, near Hagerstown, Md., hoping to achieve an altitude of 60,000-100,000 feet.
10/13/2011—CAP leaders to hone executive skills at National Staff College
Sixty-two Civil Air Patrol members from across the nation will be primed for executive-level success Oct. 15-22 at CAP’s 2011 National Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
10/11/2011—Mount Airy holds dual change of command ceremonies
For Civil Air Patrol’s Mount Airy Composite Squadron, leadership is a father-daughter partnership. Capt. Steve Weinhold and Cadet 2nd Lt. Melissa Weinhold assumed command as Commander and Cadet Commander respectively during separate ceremonies in Mount Airy, Md., during August and September.
10/07/2011—Wreckage of plane discovered in West Virginia
The missing airplane in which three people were traveling in has been found in West Virginia. A Civil Air Patrol observer in a helicopter operated by the West Virginia State Police spotted the aircraft, according to Maj. Jeff Schrock, spokesman for the Civil Air Patrol's West Virginia Wing.
10/05/2011—Blue skies help rescuers search for missing plane
A small plane carrying three people remained missing Wednesday despite sunny weather in West Virginia that helped search and rescue teams scan the state's mountainous terrain for signs of the aircraft lost since Sunday night. "We are still actively searching and the weather has greatly improved to get aircraft in the air," said Maj. Jeff Schrock, a spokesman for the Civil Air Patrol.
10/04/2011—Search expands in West Virginia mountains
An extensive, day-long search Tuesday for signs of a lost airplane carrying three Alle-Kiski Valley business leaders was fruitless. Search and rescue crews, including Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing ground teams, will continue today to scour several thousand square miles of mountainous, tree-packed land near the eastern panhandle of West Virginia for signs of the plane.
10/03/2011—CAP searching for small plane in West Virginia
A State Police helicopter and dozens of ground searchers combed the remote, rugged mountains of Hardy County on Monday for three people on board a small plane that went missing on its way back to Johnstown, Pa.
10/02/2011—Brig Gen Teresa Djuric to be conference guest speaker
This year’s guest speaker at the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s annual conference will be Brig. Gen. Teresa A.H. Djuric, USAF. Gen. Djuric will speak at the conference banquet to be held on November 12 at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City, Md. Brig. Gen. Djuric is currently stationed at the Pentagon, serving as the Deputy Director, Space and Intelligence Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
09/27/2011—Photo essay: CAP Members Attend Gemini XLV Symposium at Warfield ANG Base
Maryland Wing members attended the Gemini Celebration which included a look at the importance of the program to manned flight and the part Maryland played with the success of that program. The day included two panels, which included Gemini astronaut Dick Gordon.
09/26/2011—Civil Air Patrol receives a second $10,000 grant from Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
For the second straight year, Civil Air Patrol is among the nation’s best aviation charitable organizations and the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation’s gift and grant program.
09/19/2011—College Park squadron participates in National Night Out
The College Park Composite Squadron of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol was a huge hit at the recent New Carrollton National Night Out, which was sponsored by the New Carrollton Police Department in New Carrollton, Md. Visits from Civil Air Patrol's Cappy and Cadet Ken were a highlight of the event which drew members from around the region.
09/13/2011—Maryland members prep for annual conference in Ellicott City
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing members are once again preparing for the Wing's annual conference. This year's event will be held at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City, Md., on November 11-13, 2011. Registration is now open.
09/09/2011—Four Howard Composite Squadron Cadets Earn General Billy Mitchell Award
On Thursday, September 1, 2011, Gail H. Bates, Maryland State Delegate for Howard County, presented three Howard Composite Squadron cadets with the General Billy Mitchell Award. The Mitchell Award is one of Civil Air Patrol’s most prestigious cadet honors, awarded when cadets graduate from the enlisted ranks and take on greater responsibilities as cadet officers.
08/29/2011—Maryland Wing Responds to Hurricane Irene
Fifty-five members of the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol were mobilized to support damage assessments in the wake of Hurricane Irene’s passage. Two CAP aircraft and 14 ground teams, comprised of both cadets and senior members, surveyed 65 areas throughout eastern Maryland.
08/25/2011—Maryland Wing prepares for Hurricane Irene
Members of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing along with members from wings along the East Coast are busy preparing for the arrival and potential aftermath of Hurricane Irene, currently a Category 3 hurricane expected to impact the mid-Atlantic coast over the weekend.
08/23/2011—Three Maryland cadets earn Spaatz award in one day
Three Civil Air Patrol cadet members of the Maryland Wing have recently earned the highest cadet achievement possible in the organization – the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award – and are promoted to the grade of cadet colonel. Cadets Jason LaPre, Robbert Olson, and Elizabeth Roberts all passed the rigorous exam on August 11, 2011.
08/19/2011—Carr elected CAP national commander, Vazquez national vice commander
Civil Air Patrol National Vice Commander Brig. Gen. Charles L. “Chuck” Carr Jr. was elected national commander today by the CAP National Board, and Middle East Region Commander Col. Joseph R. Vazquez was elected national vice commander.
08/08/2011—Squadron Leadership School held in St. Mary's
Seven members of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing graduated from a Squadron Leadership School held in the St. Mary’s County Airport Terminal, hosted by Maryland Wing’s Group 3 and presented by St. Mary’s Composite Squadron.
08/01/2011—Maryland Wing charters a new squadron
Civil Air Patrol has one more squadron, right here in Maryland Wing. Bringing the total number of squadrons in Maryland Wing up to 28, the brand new Charles Composite Squadron (MER-MD-019) meets in a little area of Charles County called Pomonkey, located at Maryland Airport.
07/29/2011—Six Maryland cadets solo at annual wing course
Over the skies of Hagerstown, six Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing cadet officers flew in Cessna 172 aircraft with the goal of soloing for the first time. This event was the culmination of their training and study. The cadets, from all around Maryland, participated in the Maryland Wing Solo School, a unique program celebrating its 21th anniversary this year.
07/20/2011—Maryland Wing member named National Cadet Programs Officer of the Year
Lt. Col. William F. Duke, a member of the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing, has been selected as the John V. “Jack” Sorensen Cadet Programs Officer of the Year award for 2011. This national level Civil Air Patrol (CAP) award is annually presented to the member deemed to have had the most impact on the cadet program of the organization.
07/18/2011—Maryland Wing Members expand horizons through International Air Cadet Exchange
Seven members of the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol will help foster international goodwill, July 18-Aug. 3 through the International Air Cadet Exchange.
07/13/2011—Maryland National Guard Supports Tri-Wing Encampment
The Tri-Wing Encampment, held jointly by the Maryland, Delaware and National Capital Wings of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), would not be possible without the support of the Maryland National Guard. This ten-day training event occurs each summer at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation, a Maryland Army National Guard facility. CAP encampments are designed to provide members the opportunity to develop leadership potential, time management skills, discipline, and interpersonal skills, while learning how to overcome challenges.
07/09/2011—Five Md. Wing Members Attend Cadet Officer School
Maryland Wing cadets are among the top in the nation chosen for the high-level leadership course at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Only the top 15 percent of all CAP cadets are invited to attend.
06/30/2011—CAP National Vice Commander Visits Tri-Wing Encampment
Brig. Gen. Charles Carr, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Vice Commander, visited the 2011 Tri-Wing Encampment. Brig. Gen. Carr’s presence at the encampment motivated the cadet basics. During his time there he observed a formation, ate with cadets during the evening meal, spoke to the Regional Cadet Leadership School (RCLS) students, and met with senior staff members. To follow along with the 2011 Tri-Wing Encampment as the week progresses, check out our website at and Facebook page at .
06/28/2011—2011 Tri-Wing Encampment is Underway
The 2011 Tri-Wing Encampment is well on its way. To follow along with the 2011 Tri-Wing Encampment as the week progresses, check out our website at: and Facebook page at:
06/27/2011—Howard Composite Squadron Learns to Conduct Preflight Inspections
Twenty-eight members and guests of Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Howard Composite Squadron, which meets in Laurel, Md., learned how to safely conduct a preflight check of a Cessna 172P Skyhawk aircraft at Tipton Airport on Thursday June 16, 2011.
06/19/2011—Top CAP cadets headed for spotlight in national competition
The five-cadet Maryland Wing Color Guard will represent the Middle East Region, joining a total of 152 highly skilled Civil Air Patrol cadets from across the nation who will compete in the 2011 National Cadet Competition from June 22-27 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
06/16/2011—Four Howard Composite Squadron Cadets Advance in the Cadet Program
Four cadets from Columbia, Md., all members of Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Howard Composite Squadron, were presented with awards signifying their advancement through the cadet program on Thursday June 9, 2011
06/11/2011—Legislation introduced to recognize Civil Air Patrol subchasers
Congressional Gold Medal campaign continues
06/04/2011—Maryland Wing Receives Highly Successful Rating from Evaluation Team
The Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) received the top rating of Highly Successful on its biennial U.S. Air Force evaluated exercise, during which the wing’s capability to safely and effectively execute the Air Force’s non-combat search and rescue mission is assessed. Lt Col Kevin Hubbard, commander of CAP-USAF Middle East Region, noted that the Successful rating is the baseline and ratings of Highly Successful are rare.
06/04/2011—Maryland Wing Locates Real-World Emergency Beacon During Exercise
The Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol successfully located a real-world Emergency Locator Transmitter that was discovered during an ongoing exercise.
06/03/2011—Air Force Evaluating Maryland Wing
Every two years the United States Air Force conducts an extensive assessment of each Civil Air Patrol wing’s ability to safely and effectively carry out assigned Emergency Services missions.
06/02/2011—Howard Composite Squadron Hosts Field Training Exercise
Seven cadets and six senior members from Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Howard Composite Squadron and Fort McHenry Composite Squadron participated in a training exercise on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Members practiced ground team and urban direction finding skills over the course of two training scenarios that day.
06/02/2011—Civil Air Patrol Honored With International Award
Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and retired U.S. Rep. Lester Wolff announced CAP will be honored as the World Peace Corps Mission’s “Roving Ambassador for Peace” at the ceremony in Washington, D.C., which will also recognize top honor prize recipients H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and Benjamin A. Gilman.
06/01/2011—Osprey Cadets Assist At Dedication Of Radio Control Flying Field
On May 21, 2011, Civil Air Patrol cadets from Maryland Wing's Osprey Composite Squadron assisted members of the Radio Control Modelers of Baltimore in dedicated their new flying field in Parkton, Md.
05/30/2011—Wing Earns Two Saves, A Distress Find, And A Non-Distress Find
The Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol earns two saves, a distress find and a non-distress find by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center on the first unofficial day of summer as the Wing started flight operations for the annual summer mission patrolling the Chesapeake Bay.
05/21/2011—Area Units Support Joint Service Open House
Maryland Civil Air Patrol Supports Joint Service Open House
05/17/2011—Maryland Wing Receives Highest Grade During Air Force Inspection
Inspectors from the U.S. Air Force and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) National Headquarters grade Maryland Wing as Highly Successful, the highest rating possible for a state-level CAP program.
05/06/2011—Annapolis Squadron Particpates in Aviation Tour
Annapolis Squadron Squadron Trip to the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
05/01/2011—Apollo I Squadron Promotes Two Officers
Two active senior members earn promotions at Group III's Apollo Squadron.
04/28/2011—Carroll Composite Squadron Cadets Earn Promotions
Cadets Mack and Fassett earn CAP’s Mitchell Award
04/26/2011—Former Maryland Wing PAO Named National Public Affairs Team Leader
Solomon assists the national leadership with media relations, internal information dissemination and community relations for the CAP public affairs program.
04/24/2011—Maryland Wing Members Participate in the Middle East Region Cadet Competition and Speak-Off
Maryland Wing cadets are chosen as the Middle East Region Color Guard.
04/22/2011—Dozens of Maryland CAP Members Assist in the Search for a Missing Teen
Maryland Wing ground search and rescue teams find a body unrelated to the missing person.
04/21/2011—Maryland Wing Members Earn Middle East Region Awards
Maryland members earn more awards than any other wing in the region.
04/19/2011—Carroll Members Tasked and Trained at Squadron SAREX
Carroll Composite Squadron holds a Search and Rescue training event full of classroom and field exercises.
04/18/2011—CAP 2011 Annual Conference & National Board
Help kick-off the celebration of CAP’s 70th year of service at the 2011 CAP Annual Conference & National Board in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 17-20.
04/14/2011—Bethesda Chevy-Chase Cadet Earns Spaatz Award
Cadet Todd O’Brien has completed the final achievement of the Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) cadet program to earn his Spaatz Award and promotion to the rank of Cadet Colonel.
04/09/2011—Osprey Squadron Cadets Fly RC Aircraft
A member of the Radio Control Modelers of Baltimore visits the squadron to teach an Aerospace Education lesson.
03/29/2011—Howard Squadron Members Attend Coastal Patrol Plaque Dedication
Md. Wing members attend a ceremony in Massachusetts honoring those who served in the Coastal Patrol during World War II.
03/26/2011—Maryland Wing Members Earn Civil Air Patrol Scholarships
Five members of Maryland Wing are among this year's recipients of Civil Air Patrol Scholarships.
03/24/2011—Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron Visits the Udvar-Hazy Center
Members of the Glenn L Martin squadron recently took advantage of a free offer for an IMAX movie and a tour of the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Air Center.
03/22/2011—U.S. Marine With Close Ties to Maryland Wing Dies in Afghanistan
Two former Maryland Wing members and their family are mourning the loss of U.S. Marine SSgt. James M. Malachowski who was killed while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
03/18/2011—Annapolis Squadron Honors Cadet of the Year
Cadet CMSgt. David Cattano earns the Annapolis Composite Squadron Cadet of the Year Award and is presented with the Air Force Association's Outstanding Squadron Cadet of the Year Award for 2010.
03/10/2011—Oland Assumes Cadet Command at Carroll Squadron
Cadet 2nd Lt. Nick Oland was recently appointed cadet commander of the Carroll Composite Squadron during a traditional ceremony held at the Maryland National Guard Armory.
03/08/2011—Maryland Wing is Awarded a "Save"
Maryland Wing is awarded a “Save” by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center for a search mission on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
03/06/2011—Harford Member Receives Citation from County Executive
Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Vernon A. Sevier, a member of Maryland Wing’s Harford Composite Squadron, was recently awarded a citation of appreciation by Mr. David R. Craig, Harford County Executive, for his outstanding service to the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
03/04/2011—Legislation Introduced to Honor CAP World War II Veterans
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress to honor World War II members of Civil Air Patrol.
03/02/2011—Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron Hosts Winter Survival Training
Members of the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron, with cadets from the Osprey and Towson Composite Squadrons, recently participated in a winter survival training activity at the Broad Creek Boy Scout camp in northern Harford County.
02/25/2011—Wicomico Squadron Cadet Receives Air Force Association Honor
Cadet SSgt. Nicholas Moore earns the Air Force Association's 2010 Outstanding Cadet Award.
02/21/2011—Carroll Squadron Cadet Earns His Solo Wings
Cadet TSgt. Jordan Chattler of the Carroll Composite Squadron recently completed his first solo flight.
02/16/2011—Six Maryland Squadrons Earn CAP’s New Quality Cadet Unit Award
Units in all three groups receive the honor which acknowledges squadrons with strong cadet programs.
02/13/2011—It's Not Too Late to Register for the Md. Wing Professional Development Academy
Slots are still open for the CLC, UCC, TLC and the S.O.A.R. The training events for cadets and senior members will be held at Camp Fretterd in Reisterstown, Md. from February 25-27, 2011. Most classes begin Friday evening and extend through early Sunday afternoon.
02/08/2011—Long-time Md. Wing Member Passes Away
William Aldis "Bill" Mayhew, Jr., long-time Md. Wing member, died on February 3, 2011 after a long battle with multiple illnesses. He was 79.
01/27/2011—Invitation to the 9th Annual Spaatz Association Banquet
Members of the Maryland Civil Air Patrol are invited to attend the 9th Annual Spaatz Association Awards Banquet on March 5, 2011 in Arlington, Va.
01/12/2011—Easton and State Police hold training exercise
When Capt. Eric Hughes began his ground team leader check-ride; little did he realize the second sortie would be so “real.” Hughes, commander of Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing’s Easton Composite Squadron, was part of an intense emergency services ground team training exercise for three days during a recent fall weekend.
01/05/2011—B-CC commander named Volunteer of the Year by employer
Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing member Maj. Michael Crockett of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron was recently honored by his employer, Clark Logistics, a division of Clark Construction, as the organization’s Volunteer of the Year for his service with Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
01/04/2011—Annapolis Members Honor Fallen Heroes
As part of the Wreaths Across America program, members from the Annapolis Composite Squadron placed wreaths at the veterans cemetery in Annapolis, Md. on December 11, 2010.
01/03/2011—Osprey honors those who served at Wreaths Across America
As part of Civil Air Patrol’s Wreaths Across America program, Maryland Wing’s Osprey Composite Squadron cadets and officers placed wreaths at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills, Md., on December 11. It was the sixth year of participation for the squadron.
01/01/2011—Wicomico honors veterans at Wreaths Across America ceremony
With an overflow attendance of almost 100 at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery chapel in Hurlock, Maryland, the Civil Air Patrol Maryland Wing's Wicomico Composite Squadron lead the local 2010 Wreaths Across America ceremony.