Civil Air Patrol

Martin Squadron supports Boy Scout Aviation Day

Middle River, Md. – Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron members supported Boy Scout Aviation Day at Martin State Airport on 23 March 2013.

Members established a display and recruiting area showcasing all of Civil Air Patrols missions. One of CAP’s advanced Cessna 182 aircraft attracted a large crowd. Lt Mike Fernandez, CAP Pilot, presented all of the aircraft functions to countless visitors. Cadets discussed orientation flights, emergency services and Drug Demand Reduction with the scouts.

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum and the Chesapeake District of Boy Scouts planned the daylong event. Boy Scouts and leaders from the entire region attended. The museum opened some of their display aircraft at Strawberry Point, including an original Martin 404. Over 350 visitors toured the static display area.

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 Peace Prize 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 www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com 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 www.mdcap.org.

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

 

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Originally posted Apr 3, 2013, 2:27 PM

Maj. Christopher Roche, CAP

Squadron Commander

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron