Baltimore, Md. – The color guard from the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron presented the colors at the Baltimore Orioles game on Saturday 24 August 2013.
The color guard, composed of c/SSgt Anthony Cole,c/2Lt Wyatt Hartman, c/SSgt Sierra Kikas, c/CMSgt Desirae Williams and c/SSgt Steven Williams, took the field before the game. They marched out to centerfield and presented the colors during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. Maj Earl Williams, Deputy Commander, c/LtCol Michael Gentle, Cadet Commander and c/Amn Josh Kikas, rifle backup, had the opportunity to accompany the color guard down to the field. Williams stated, “To watch the color guard on the field is a huge honor for the cadets. And I can say now I was able to step on the field at Camden Yards. So this is an honor for me as well.”
A total of 130 members, friends and family attended the game to support the color guard.
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 www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com 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 www.mdcap.org.
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 1900-2100 at Martin State Airport.
For information, visit www.glmcscap.org.
Originally posted Aug 26, 2013, 1:37 PM
Maj Christopher Roche
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron