On December 16, 2017, the date closest to the founding date of the Civil Air Patrol, December 1, 1941, the Calvert Squadron held their Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner. This year they are celebrating the 76th birthday. The Calvert Squadron is part of the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
The Maryland Wing performs the three missions of Civil Air Patrol: providing emergency services; offering cadet programs for youth; and providing aerospace education for both CAP members and the general public. Civil Air Patrol provides emergency services, which includes performing search and rescue and disaster relief missions; as well as assisting in humanitarian aid assignments. CAP also provides Air Force support through conducting light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. Civil Air Patrol can also offer support to counter-drug missions.
Civil Air Patrol offers a cadet program for youth aged 12 to 20, which includes aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership. Civil Air Patrol offers aerospace education for CAP members and the general public, including providing training to the members of CAP, and offering workshops for youth throughout the nation through schools and public aviation events.
While CAP has long been associated with search and rescue missions, its work also includes disaster relief and communications, as well as counterdrug and homeland security missions. Search and rescue remains an important service provided by CAP members, however. CAP still flies 95 percent of all federal inland SAR missions, as directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Langley AFB, Va. CAP also supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
On average, each year CAP members fly more than 100,000 hours in operational missions and save about 100 lives. CAP provides air and ground support for disaster relief, flying officials to remote locations, transporting blood or live tissue to critical care sites and performing aerial damage assessment. CAP has one of the largest unified communications networks in the country, available 24/7.
In 1986, Congress authorized CAP to assist government and law enforcement agencies in the fight to eliminate illicit drug use, production and sale in the US and its territories. CAP now provides reconnaissance, communications and transportation for counterdrug missions.
CAP’s missions succeed through a seamless interplay of technology and teamwork. With new developments like satellite imagery and internet-based reporting, CAP is emerging as the resource of choice to support our nation’s strategy for homeland security.
The dinner and awards brought Senator Mike Miller (who was not able to stay due to another commitment in Baltimore), Delegate Mark Fisher, Commissioner Pat Nutter, Sheriff Mike Evans and Steve Tatro, American Legion Post 85 Adjutant. The Calvert Squadron celebrated its 6th consecutive Quality Cadet Unit Award, which is hard to win and takes all in the squadron giving 100 percent.
Former members of the squadron were not able to be present: Us Air Force – 2nd Lt (CAP Capt) Jason LaPre – Little Rock AFB, 2nd Lt (CAP Capt) John Rowan – Kirkland AFB, NM, SrA (Cap C/2Lt) Mark Elsner – Dover AFB DE, A1C (CAP C/2Lt) Eric Grenis – Lackland AFB TX.
US Army – CPL (CAP C/2Lt) Kyle Higgins – Fort Carson CO, Pvt (CAP C/2Lt) Anh-Trang Nguyen
DC National Guard – (CAP C/CMSgt Nick Cammaroto – JBA
College – C/2Lt Nathan Schrerer – Embry-Riddle, C/2Lt Namdu Shrestha – Penn State, C/SMSgt Kai Tougas – Marion Military Academy.
Proclamations were presented by Delegate Mark Fisher on behalf of the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate (in Mike Miller’s absence), Commissioner Pat Nutter from the Board of County Commissioners, and Sheriff Mike Evans from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.
General Billy Mitchell Awards were given to C/2Lt Eric Granis and C/2Lt Nathan Scherer. American Legion Post 85 Award of Merit was presented to C/2Lt Anh-Khoa Nguyen by Steve Tatro. The Air Force Association Cadet of the Year was presented by Wes LaPre to C/1Lt Jim Kong. The Wright Brothers Award is the transition to the cadet NCO ranks and were awarded to C/SSgt Ben Kennedy, C/SSgt Taiyo Tougas and C/SSgt Robby Campbell.
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Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon