Middle River, MD– Cadets from Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrols Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron earn milestone awards.
The Civil Air Patrol cadet program teaches leadership, aerospace education and military drill and ceremonies. Cadets earn promotions and rank as they move thru the program, taking on higher responsibilities and teaching new cadets.
Cadet Staff Sergeant Jacob Iacarino completed phase 1 of the CAP cadet program ,earning Wright Brothers Award # 28,951. Iacarino joined the squadron in April 2014 and attended Tri-Wing Encampment in June.
Cadet Second Lieutenant Thomas Burke completed phase 2 of the CAP cadet program,earning Gen. Billy Mitchell Award # 64,805. Burke joined the squadron in July 2012 and attended Tri-Wing Encampment in July 2013. He held positions as flight sergeant and is currently a flight commander. Burke has enjoyed flying and is planning to start working on his pilot’s license next year.
Cadet Captain Wyatt Hartman completed phase 3 of the CAP cadet program, earning Amelia Earhart Award # 16,746. Hartman joined the squadron in April 2011 and attended Kansas winter encampment in December 2012. He held multiple positions in the squadron and is currently the cadet executive officer. Hartman attended Legislative Day as an escort for Colorado Wing and the 2014 Space Command Familiarization Course.
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Bart Bartgis completed the CAP cadet programs last phase, earning Ira C. Eaker Award # 2,807. Bartgis joined the squadron in September 2006 and attend Tri-Wing Encampment in June 2008. He is currently the cadet commander for Martin Squadron. Bartgis attended Civil Engineering Academy in 2010 and Advanced Training Academy in 2014. Bartgis is currently enrolled at the Community College of Baltimore County and is working on a degree in finance.
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Martin State Airport. For information on the squadron, including meeting address and contact information, visit www.glmcscap.org.
Nearly 1,600 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 or follow the wing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol.
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.
Originally posted Jan 14, 2015
Lt. Col. Christopher Roche
Director Public Affairs