By Posted by Civil Air Patrol Carroll Composite Squadron and Contributing Reader
May 06, 2015 at 8:39 AM
Public Invited to OPEN HOUSE. APRIL 2015. Westminster, Md. The Civil Air Patrol Carroll Composite Squadron located in Westminster, Maryland, extends an open invitation to the public to attend an Open House May 12, 2015. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilltop Assembly of God Church Hall located at 30 North Cranberry Road in Westminster. Come see firsthand our programs and experience the camaraderie of the dedicated men and women who are the Carroll Composite Squadron.
The Civil Air Patrol has three primary missions: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. The Carroll Squadron has a long tradition of community service and program excellence. Members are from the Westminster, Sykesville, Reisterstown and Finksburg areas as well as from southern Pennsylvania. We provide a structured environment to introduce youths to aerospace science and leadership skills in a disciplined military setting focused on achievements. Additionally, the Squadron is a viable part of the State's Emergency Services, trains for and performs search and rescue and supports the State's Homeland Security mission. The Carroll Composite Squadron has been recognized for its commitment to program excellence and successful youth leadership development.
Our cadets, ages 12 to 18, join to honor and serve America, prepare for their future while making new friends and growing through new experiences. Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike and camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. Teens who seek careers in aviation, space or the military find diverse opportunities in the Civil Air Patrol's Cadet Program that help them reach their goal.
Adults also are a viable part of our team. Adult or Senior Members come from all lifestyles. Some are doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical and business professionals. Mechanics, cooks, teachers, police officers, clergy, parents, really just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the Civil Air Patrol adult membership. Civil Air Patrol supports a variety of missions that require adults from all occupations. CAP offers experience that helps in college, jobs and military careers.
Civil Air Patrol develops character and advances education. While many volunteer organizations perform activities, our members complete missions for federal, state and local agencies and mentor future generations of leaders. Our actions restore hope, rebuild communities and save lives. Young men and women can expect to be challenged and will be rewarded with the confidence, self-worth and accomplishment that can only come from rising to the occasion and making a real and measurable difference when called upon to serve.
The Carroll Composite Squadron meets 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Hilltop Assembly of God Church Hall at 30 North Cranberry Road in Westminster, Maryland. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18 and their parents are always welcome. Adults seeking mentoring opportunities are invited as well. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.carrollcap.org. You can also follow the squadron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capcarrollcomposite.
Nearly 1,500 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. 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 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 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 70 lives annually. Its unpaid professionals 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 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. Performing missions for America for the past 73 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. By Captain Alice Raatjes, Public Affairs Officer, Carroll Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol.