Civil Air Patrol

Martin Squadron conducts cadet staff training weekend

Middle River, Md. – Glenn L. Martin Squadron members attended cadet staff training in March.

Thirteen cadets participated in an extensive training activity. Cadet command staff led the training. c/LtCol Michael Gentle, c/Maj Bart Bartgis and c/Capt Joseph Mancini planned and taught the entire class. Cadets learned proper leadership and teaching techniques. Staff graded each cadet in multiple roles. That determined were they would be best suited at the squadron. A PT conducted at the end of the training was completed and graded.

Maj Williams, Deputy Commander for Cadets, conducted training for senior member tactical officers at the same time. Seniors learned how to work with cadets. Dealing with issues and recording promotions contributed to the majority of the training.

The training was a huge success and will be conducted regularly if needed.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and has been credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives in annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World PeacePrize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor,and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit or for more information.

Over 1,600 members of CAP serve in Maryland.Last fiscal year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions and were credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland totaling 2,106 hours flown. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 1900-2100 at Martin State Airport.



Originally posted Apr 2, 2013, 2:02 PM

Maj. Christopher Roche, CAP

Squadron Commander

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron