Middle River, Md.: Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron, located in Baltimore County, Maryland, was honored with the Unit Citation Award for the period 30 July 2012 through 30 July 2014.
Presented to squadron commander, Lt. Col. Earl “Roc” Williams, by Major Don Ells, Commander, Group II, the award acknowledged Martin’s efforts to maintain a high level of mission readiness accompanied by consistent high ratings and performance.
Receiving the award on behalf of his squadron, Williams stated, “It’s an honor for me to be able to see the rest of the squadron receive this great achievement; to let everyone know that not only can we as a team succeed, our success is appreciated and our members acknowledged for their effort and hard work.”
The Martin squadron has distinguished itself as one of the Maryland Wing’s most active units pursuing all three of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Missions (emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education) and has participated in numerous Group, Wing, Region and National activities, exercises and events. The squadron has served at the forefront of Maryland Wing’s emergency services program and has participated in almost every Wing training exercise including the yearly Wing Operations Evaluations. Added to its success, the squadron and its members have established and maintained viable community partnerships through their participation in local activities and events emphasizing the importance of community service as a primary component of CAP’s mission.
Martin’s efforts to maintain a high level of mission readiness has contributed to the Wing’s receipt of consistent high ratings and performance. The pinnacle of Martin’s training regimen has been the squadron’s annual winter survival training exercise. During this exercise, squadron members participate in 12 hours of ground team classroom based-learning followed by field scenarios and training evolutions, focusing on missing person search techniques and electronic direction finding. Because of this high training tempo, Martin Squadron can currently field 26 ground team members (GTM). As an example of their commitment, during a two-week period in early 2014, the teams responded to three sorties in a two-week period.
Between 2011 and 2014, the squadron responded to 10 Air Force assigned missions, which resulted in receiving credit for eight non-distress finds. These achievements and Martin squadron’s efforts have contributed to the reliability of the Maryland Wing and its capability to respond to emergencies with highly trained and highly qualified members.
Martin Squadron has consistently responded to the U. S. Air Force’s needs, contributing over 200 man-hours of service at the Warfield Air National Guard Base, home of the 175th Maryland Air National Guard Wing. At any time, 12-14 squadron members serve food and assist in maintaining the dining facility which helps the active duty force to focus on mission readiness.
Achievement is part of the Martin’s squadron success. Taking first place at both the 2013 & 2014 Group volleyball competition, squadron members serving as Tri-Wing Encampment staff, participating in the National Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. and providing an Honor Guard to the Baltimore Orioles game are all typical activities for the squadron and its members. Success is the ‘norm’ at Glenn L. Martin squadron and achievement is their goal. Committed to sustaining an active force willing to respond to the squadron, Group, Wing, Regional or National call, the Glenn L. Martin squadron is and remains ever vigilant and part of the nation’s finest force of citizen volunteers performing Missions for America.
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. Follow the squadron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glmcscap.
Nearly 1,600 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at www.marylandwingcivilairpatrol.org, like us on Facebook att www.facebook.com/MarylandWingCivilAirPatrol and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWGCAP.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 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 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Capt. Alice Raajtes
Group 2 Public Affairs Officer
2nd. Lt. Tracey Coger
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron Public Affairs Officer