Washington, D.C. — A local Sparrows Point teen and Civil Air Patrol cadet has been selected for an opportunity most adults can only dream of: the chance to represent the United States of America to citizens of countries all over the world. Wyatt Hartman will be traveling to the Netherlands this July to work with other teenagers from over 19 countries, learning about them and sharing their mutual love for aviation and youth leadership.
Hartman is a Cadet Lieutenant Colonel in the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol and is one of only 39 people in the country to be selected for this year’s exchange. Lt Col. Peggy Myrick is the director of the Exchange in America. “It’s very competitive,” said Myrick, “being selected means showing a maturity far beyond one’s age and being a true leader in their community.” Applicants must have earned the Amelia Earhart Award in the CAP cadet program, which less than 5% of all cadets achieve.
The International Air Cadet Exchange was started after World War II to promote goodwill and friendship
between the young men and women who would one day go on to be leaders in their countries. “It’s one of
the greatest programs I’ve ever been a part of,” said Lt Col. Lisa Bergeron. Bergeron went to the United
Kingdom as a cadet in 1978 and still serves as a tour guide in Washington where foreign cadets first
arrive to the United States. This year Civil Air Patrol will be hosting 36 ambassadors to America.
You can follow Cadet Lt Col Hartman’s journey by following IACE 2018 USA on Facebook and
#ExchangingALegacy on Twitter and Instagram.
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 and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/glmcscap.
Nearly 1,500 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. 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 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 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.
Media Inquiries – National Headquarters
1st Lt. Ethan T. Berg, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
International Air Cadet Exchange – America
Media Inquiries – Local squadron
Lt. Col. Christopher Roche
Public Affairs Officer
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron