Civil Air Patrol

Martin cadet solo’s at powered flight academy

Chesterfield, Va. – Martin Squadron cadet soloed during the Middle East Region Powered Flight Academy on 6 July 2013.

c/CMSgt Britton Irechukwu soloed in a Cessna 172 after 8 hours of instruction. He completed the standard three landings most student pilots complete during solo. The week long activity, based at Ft.Pickett, Va., is one of four over the summer. Cadets get the opportunity to get primary flight instruction towards their private pilot license. Cadet Irechukwu flew an additional two hours after solo.

Cadet Irechukwu joined the Civil Air Patrol in 2010. He starts his senior year at Dulaney High School this year and is already planning to complete his Private Pilot’s license. When he graduates, his goal is to be accepted into the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 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 is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives 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 more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 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.

Nearly 1,700 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all mission categories. 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.

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Maj. Christopher Roche, CAP

Squadron Commander

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron