Howard Squadron Conducts Emergency Services Training
By Lt Col Kevin Redman, Howard Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol.
August is usually a slow time for CAP activities due to cadet and senior summer vacations and preparations for the new school year. However; Howard Composite Squadron did take opportunities to upgrade emergency services qualifications and training.
In late August, at the same time as the Maryland Wing SAR/DR exercise based in Hagerstown, five members of Howard Squadron participated in emergency locator transmitter/direction finding training in the western Howard County area. The team conducted two training and evaluation sorties over the 25-26 August weekend to learn or re-qualify ELT/DF skills. This allowed the unit to expand its reserve of Urban Direction Finding Team qualified personnel and maintain its readiness to respond to search and rescue missions.
The unit’s cadets continue to develop their proposed ‘constitution’ to run the cadet training program. A final draft is in the work and should be ready for evaluation in early September. This fits well into the planned tour of the Constitution Center and Constitution Hall planned for 22 September.
Howard Composite Squadron meets Thursday nights, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Building 1 at the Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Laboratory located at 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, Maryland. We invite anyone interested in aerospace education, cadet leadership training or emergency services support to attend a meeting to see if CAP membership is a way for you to serve your community. Youths, ages 12 to 18, parents and adults interested in the cadet or senior program are always welcome to drop by our meetings. Contact information for the Howard Composite Squadron is at http://mdwg.cap.gov/index.php/squadrons/howard-composite-squadron/ .
Nearly 1,500 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. 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 longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 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.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.