Howard Squadron provide community service and Emergency Services support
By Lt Col Kevin Redman, Commander, Howard Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol.
Howard Composite Squadron, a unit of the Maryland Wing, is committed to the Civil Air Patrol’s Emergency Services mission and community service. Unit seniors and cadets participated in several activities in July 2018 to further these goals.
In early July, seniors and a cadet took time on a hot Sunday to assist the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue in a massive traffic control project. The Department was conducting testing for professional firefighter applicants and expected over 600 cars to descend on their training facility in Marriottsville. Howard Squadron assisted throughout the day in controlling parking and traffic through the facility in order to ensure safe arrivals and departures through the small lot.
2nd Lt Mike Maloney has been assisting with the Maryland Wing Bay Patrol mission by participating as a scanner along with Montgomery Senior Squadron aircrews. 2nd Lt Maloney flew on the first sortie of the Bay Patrol season in late May during which he fully qualified as a mission scanner and is scheduled to support more Bay Patrol sorties in late July and August.
Major John Taylor and Lt Col Kevin Redman were alerted and responded as an Urban Direction Finding Team to mission number 18-M-0517 on 25 July. They tracked an emergency locator transmitter signal to Tipton Airfield near Fort Meade. After some delays getting access to the flight line, the team quickly found the non-distress ELT in a Mooney aircraft parked on the flight line. They were not able to get access to de-activate the unit, but Major Jim Holcomb, the incident commander, was able to contact the owner who was enroute to turn it off when the team was ordered to ‘return to base’ in the early hours of the morning.
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.