By Lt Col Kevin Redman, Howard Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol.
September was active for Howard Squadron and Maryland Wing. The unit responded to two emergency services mission, conducted a tour of BWI Airport and a tour of the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
This month, Howard Squadron was alerted for four search and rescue missions and responded to two of them. The first was a search for a downed aircraft along the Potomac River. Late on a Sunday night, Lt Col Kevin Redman, Major John Taylor and 2nd LT (USAF) Joni Taylor reported to the staging area in Frederick to support possible ground search and electronic direction finding operations. After communications between the controlling agencies was clarified, the ‘crashed aircraft’ was determined to be a false alarm. Late in the month, Lt Col Kevin Redman and Lt Col John Morrow formed a UDF team in response to an ELT signal that could have been anywhere from Easton to Hagerstown. AS they were about to deploy, another UDFT finally heard the signal at St. Mary’s County Airport. Our teams and response did prove the adage that ‘they also serve who stand and wait’.
Howard Squadron Cadets were tasked the end of May with creating a constitution for the cadet program. One flight was assigned to argue the Federalist view point and the other flight argued an Anti-Federalist viewpoint. The timeline was based on the framers meeting on May 25th of 1787 at Independence Hall, Philadelphia to rewrite the Articles of Confederation and then reassembling on September 17th to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. As Howard Squadron’s cadets crafted a constitution over the summer which included concessions from both flights, Chaplain Kwon led character development lessons on compromise and negotiation to assist in the process. A culminating activity led the squadron to the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA where six cadets and six seniors toured Independence Hall and interactive displays about the birth and evolution of the Constitution and laws of the nation.
C/SSgt Sophia Farnsworth, C/A1C Alexei Kruse, C/TSgt Aiai Calmer, (Back) C/Amn Carson Miller, C/Amn Jonathon Di Pietro, and C/Amn Victor Levin at the Supreme Court Justice Interactive Display
Howard Squadron also used one of September’s meeting nights to participate in a tour of the BWI Airport. David Rolfe (C/SrA Justin Rolfe’s father), who works there for Southwest Airlines, was able to set up a wide-ranging tour of the facilities operations and support facilities. They toured the airport ground facilities and fire department to see what is required to keep a major transportation hub operating effectively. Hopefully, we can set up another tour in the near to see the luggage handling and other interior operations.
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. 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.