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HISTORY
OF
MARYLAND WING (MD-001)
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

January 2017 – December 2017

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HISTORY
of
MARYLAND WING (MD-001)
CIVIL AIR PATROL
Auxiliary of the United States Air Force

Prepared by
Capt Patrick Whang, CAP
Maryland Wing Historian

Reviewed by:
Col Joseph Winter, CAP
Maryland Wing Commander

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COMMANDERS APPROVAL LETTER
The year 2017 was my first full year as Maryland Wing commander and we recognized another
anniversary – the 75th year of the cadet program. It was a year of great accomplishments for the wing as a whole
– as well as some challenges. The year also brought a very busy hurricane season which flexed our ability to
respond to disaster recovery missions.
As the calendar year began, I focused on the reorganization of the wing – what I termed Wing 2.0. The
purpose was to streamline our operations across the wing and empower wing and squadron staffs to address
issues more at their levels. This had to be balanced with the challenges of retaining and recruiting new
membership into CAP. A challenge which I have constantly put forth to members of the wing is to reach out
within their networks and to the broader community. We also started the year with MDWG members supporting
the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC, and providing homeland security missions that helped ensure
a peaceful transition of power.
In June, we lost a long-time member of our wing family, Maj. Walter Murphy. Walter served CAP as a
cadet and then as a senior member. He performed the duties of assistant inspector general (IG) and the Drug
Demand Reduction administrator (DDRA). In his written tribute, he was described as a “fine CAP officer and
friend with a great smile and a witty sense of humor.” He will be missed.
This past hurricane season was much busier than in recent years. As such, we showed our ability to
remain flexible and be ready to answer the call on short notice. Beginning with Hurricane HARVEY, then
IRMA, then JOSE, and finally MARIA, we prepared for each event and made sure that we were available to
support these regional disasters. A team of two mission pilots and two aerial photographers provided about 10
days of support to the post-hurricane recovery of Puerto Rico. These real-world missions demonstrate the best
of what CAP has to offer our nation.
Closer to home, we continued to perform our regular duties. This included our annual Bay Patrol which
runs every summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day to make sure that we are supporting the critical homeland
security mission. We also held our annual Tri-Wing Encampment for our cadets from 25 June to 2 July.
Finally, I want to recognize the hard work that has been put forth by all members of the MDWG.
Without their contributions, our wing would not be able to function, nor my job worth doing. There are too
many to call out here but I wanted to specifically mention two individuals: Lt Col George “Buddy” Murray and
Lt Col Brenda Reed. This past year, Lt Col Murray was named Civil Air Patrol’s national Professional
Development Officer of the Year 2017 for his work in the development of MDWG’s e-learning program. The
way we teach and learn in our society continues to evolve into the online environment and it is great that
MDWG is staying at the forefront of this for CAP. Lt Col Reed was recently named the MER Senior Member
of the Year and was awarded the CAP Distinguished Service Medal for her work as a public information officer
during coverage of the 2016 hurricane season. This only highlights a portion of what these incredible staff
members have contributed to the MDWG and CAP. Well done, Buddy and Brenda!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
COMMANDERS APPROVAL LETTER .............................................................................................................. 3
TABLE OF CONTENTS .......................................................................................Error! Bookmark not defined.
INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF & BRIEF UNIT NARRATIVE.................................................................. 5
Chapter 1

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS....................................................................................................... 5

Search and Rescue ............................................................................................................................................... 5
Disaster Relief ..................................................................................................................................................... 5
Homeland Security .............................................................................................................................................. 5
Counterdrug......................................................................................................................................................... 6
Chapter II

DIRECTOR OF AEROSPACE EDUCATION ................................................................................ 7

Internal Aerospace Education ............................................................................................................................. 7
External Aerospace Education ............................................................................................................................ 7
Chapter III

DIRECTOR OF CADET PROGRAMS ........................................................................................... 7

Cadet Programs ................................................................................................................................................... 7
Cadet Activities ................................................................................................................................................... 7
Drug Demand Reduction ..................................................................................................................................... 9
APPENDIX I: Chapter I-III – Data and Statistics .................................................................................................. 9
APPENDIX II Unit Staff – Data Statistics ........................................................................................................... 13
APPENDIX III: Director of Logistics – Data and Statistics................................................................................. 16
APPENDIX IV: Director of Communications – Data and Statistics .................................................................... 17
APPENDIX V: Director of Professional Development – Data and Statistics ...................................................... 18
APPENDIX VI: Staff Officer – Data and Statistics ............................................................................................. 19
APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers – Data & Statistics ................................................................................ 22

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INTRODUCTION OF UNIT STAFF & BRIEF UNIT NARRATIVE
MARYLAND WING
Wing Commander
Vice Commander-Forces
Vice Commander-Operations
Chief of Staff

Col Joseph R. Winter
Lt Col Christopher Howell
Lt Col John E. Henderson
Lt Col Brenda A. Reed

SUMMARY NARRATIVE OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES

Chapter 1 OPERATIONS
Search and Rescue
MDWG held its first wing-wide SAREX of the year 11 February 2017 at Martin Mission Base in Middle
River, MD. Both ground and air missions were conducted. The next major SAREX occurred from 24-27
August 2017 in Cumberland, MD. The focus of this event was improving ground and incident command post
operations. Finally, a multi-wing SAREX was held from 18-19 November 2017 based at the MDWG HQ.

Disaster Relief
The 2017 hurricane season was a busy one for our country and for the wing. We were available and ready to
support all named storms that directly threatened CONUS, including HARVEY, IRMA, JOSE, and MARIA.
In early October, a team of MDWG members traveled to Puerto Rico to support aerial disaster recovery
operations in response to Hurricane MARIA. The team included the following members: Mission pilots Lt
Col Peter Loewenheim and Lt Col Tony Vallillo, who lead the pilot standards and evaluations section of
Maryland Wing, are joined by 1st Lt Richard Marko of the Montgomery Senior Squadron in Gaithersburg
and 1st Lt Michael Heuss of the Apollo 1 Senior Squadron located at Tipton Airport near Fort Meade.

Homeland Security
In January, MDWG members were there to provide support to ensuring a successful and peaceful
Presidential Inauguration. The annual Bay Patrol mission continued in 2017 throughout the summer months
from Memorial Day to Labor Day as MDWG aircrews support homeland security operations in coordination
with the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, assisting boaters
in distress and helping search for the missing. Aircrews also observe critical infrastructure such as Calvert
Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Port of Baltimore, Baltimore Harbor, Cove Point Liquid Natural Gas Terminal,
and tunnels and bridges over the bay during these missions.
The wing continued to support U.S. Air Force aircraft interception training missions (Fertile Keynote) in the
Washington, DC, area.

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Counterdrug
No counterdrug missions were conducted this past year.

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Chapter II

AEROSPACE EDUCATION

Internal Aerospace Education
Internal aerospace education was focused on promoting senior members to pursue professional aerospace
development through pursuit of the Yeager Award. In addition, the MDWG Spring Rocketry Day was
held on 6-9 April on the Eastern Shore of MD. This was a joint effort between CAP and the Boy Scouts
of America. The second Rocketry Day was held on the evening of 16 September at Mt. Airy, MD.

External Aerospace Education
Helped coordinate and participated in the MER AEO school in Frederick, MD in May 2017.
Once again, our aerospace education team led community and squadron educational demonstrations with
NASA samples of lunar rocks. Spring and fall tour schedules were held throughout the wing.

Chapter III

Cadet Programs

Cadet Programs
CY2017 built off of what was accomplished in CY2016. One area was the continuation of the Cadet
Advisory Council (CAC) which has proved to be an invaluable link between the broader MDWG cadet
community and the Wing staff. As a follow on to this, the outreach effort to cadets across all squadrons
was initiated.
It was pleasure to note that 7 CAP scholarships were awarded to MDWG cadets near the beginning of
2017. These scholarships were for the following: 2 USAFA Prep School, 1 Academic, 2 Flight, 2
National Advanced Flight Academy.
Of note, only five cadets nationwide received scholarships to the National Advanced Flight Academy;
three of these cadets were MDWG cadets and graduates of the wing Solo School.

Cadet Activities
MDWG/CP hosted the 2017 Wing Cadet Competition, with 4 teams competing and 35 members
participating. Two teams represented MDWG at the MER competition: Frederick Composite Squadron
and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron. The Frederick Composite Squadron was one of two
winning MER teams that continued on to represent MDWG and MER at the National Cadet Competition
in Dayton, OH. The following units and individuals received awards at the wing-level competition:
·

TOP INDIVIDUAL WRITTEN TEST SCORE: C/CMSgt Robert Velte

·

TOP INDIVIDUAL CPFT SCORE: C/2d Lt Simon Mahns

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·

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING AWARD: C/SMSgt Ja’Nir Brazzle

·

TEAM LEADERSHIP PROBLEM EVENT: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron

·

WRITTEN TEST EVENT: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron

·

UNIFORM SPOT INSPECTION EVENT: Frederick Composite Squadron

·

UNIFORM INSPECTION PREPARATION EVENT: Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron

·

CADET PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST EVENT: Frederick Composite Squadron

·

OUTDOOR POSTING EVENT: Frederick Composite Squadron

·

INDOOR POSTING EVENT: Frederick Composite Squadron

·

TEAM JEOPARDY EVENT: Frederick Composite Squadron

24 cadets competed for 2017 NCSA Green Light slotting. MDWG/CP held boards to find the top 10% of
74 cadets applying for NCSAs.
In 2017, MDWG/CP staff visited Howard, Hartford, Fort McHenry and Bowie Composite squadrons.
Maj Rachel Knowles was appointed as the new Wing DCP in November of 2017; after 5 years in a DCP
role (VA & MD wings), Lt Col Keohane transitioned to serve as Deputy DCP and the A1/Director of
Administration and Personnel.
On 4 Feb 17, MDWG/CP hosted the annual Cadet Speak-Off, with the following members receiving
awards:
·

Second Place, Basic Category: Andrew Strauss-Reis

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Second Place, Impromptu Category: Andrew Strauss-Reis

·

Second Place, Drug Demand Reduction Category: C/TSgt Francisco Cornejo

·

Third Place, Impromptu Category: Eden Ciarcia

·

Third Place, Drug Demand Reduction Category: C/TSgt Ravena Ramsaran

MDWG/CP also heavily participated with the Maryland Wing Annual Conference, with cadets leading
presentations for an entire “cadet track” as well as MDWG/CP staff providing an overview on the new
cadet programs regulations changes that take effect in 2018.
Tri Wing Encampment 2017 was held at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation with a total of 233
participants, execution the TWE 17 Vision: "An immersion into the full opportunities and challenges of

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cadet life."
The following MDWG units garnered CAP’s Quality Cadet Unit Award (QCUA) for 2017:
·

MER-MD-004 HAGERSTOWN COMPOSITE SQDN

·

MER-MD-007 CALVERT CADET SQUADRON

·

MER-MD-011 COLLEGE PARK COMPOSITE SQDN

·

MER-MD-023 ARUNDEL COMPOSITE SQDN

·

MER-MD-028 COLONEL MARY S. FEIK COMPOSITE SQUADRON

·

MER-MD-065 CUMBERLAND COMPOSITE SQUADRON

·

MER-MD-071 BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE COMPOSITE SQUADRON

·

MER-MD-089 ST MARYS COMPOSITE SQDN

·

MER-MD-140 FORT MCHENRY COMPOSITE SQUADRON

Drug Demand Reduction
Continued to promote the DDR program with MDWG cadets through spreading DDR material throughout the
MDWG and encouraging DDR awareness through events like the annual Cadet Speak-Off.

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APPENDIX I: Chapter I-III – Data and Statistics
A3/OPERATIONS
A3/Director of Operations
Aircraft Maintenance Officer
Chesapeake Bay Patrol
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
Standardization/Evaluation Training Officer
Disaster Relief
Counterdrug Operations
Emergency Services - Ground
Pilot Development
Special Missions

COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY

Maj John Ralph
Maj John Ralph
Maj Dennis Villar
Lt Col Peter Loewenheim
Lt Col Anthony Vallillo
Lt Col John Johnson
Lt Col Christopher Howell
Lt Col Charles “Bob” Midkiff
Maj Martin Sacks
Maj Jonathan Neumann

January 2017 - December 2017

OPERATIONS
Director of Operations
1. This year we managed to provide aircraft support for all events that the wing was tasked to accomplish. The year
started with a very successful SAREX in Middle River, MD in February. During the summer Tri-Wing
Encampment, we conducted nearly 180 cadet orientation flights for encampment participants. Another highly
successful SAREX was held in Cumberland, providing invaluable training opportunities for aircrew from the
Cumberland squadron. We also conducted events in cooperation with partner agencies within the state. For
example, we worked with the Montgomery County Fire Department to conduct a ground SAR training event in
April, and we began a test/demonstration project using live video streaming equipment in conjunction with the
Maryland Transportation Authority. We also continued to work with the Northeast Region (NER) and NY Air
National Guard unit in Syracuse to provide escort support for Reaper drone training missions.
An area that we struggled with throughout the year was qualifying enough mission pilots (MPs). This is an
area that we continue to try and address within the wing.
One new capability that we have been excited to showcase is a new mobile incident command post that was
refurbished, modernized, and provided through the generous support of the MD Air National Guard.
Aircraft Coordinator
1. By the end of the 2017 fiscal year, the
cumulative number of aircraft flight hours
(2219.5) just exceeded the annual target goal.
Seven of our aircraft exceeded the individual
aircraft annual goals.
Standardization/Evaluation Officer
1. No major events to report.
CIS Officer
1. No major events to report.

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Homeland Security Officer
1. Conducted four USAF Fertile Keynote missions
in August. Conducted annual summer Bay
Patrol missions.

Director Counterdrug Operations
1. No counter drug operations conducted in 2017.
Counterdrug Administrative Officer
1. No counter drug operations conducted in
2017.
Director of Emergency Services
1. See Director of Operations write up.
Disaster Relief Officer
1. See Director of Operations write up.
ES Training Officer
1. See Director of Operations write up.

A7A/AEROSPACE EDUCATION
A7A/Director of Aerospace Education
Internal Aerospace Education
External Aerospace Education
COMPLETED STAFF ACTIONS CY

Lt Col Robert E. Terry, Ph.D.
Lt Col Charles Roe
Lt Col James Williams
January 2017 – December 2017

Director of Aerospace Education
1. Data captured in Chapter II narrative.
Internal Aerospace Education
1. Data captured in Chapter II narrative.
External Aerospace Education
1. Data captured in Chapter II narrative.

A7C/CADET PROGRAMS

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A7C/Director of Cadet Programs
Deputy Director of Cadet Programs
Cadet Activities Officer
Drug Demand Reduction Administrator
Completed Staff Actions CY

January 2017

Lt Col James Keohane
Maj Rachel Knowles
Lt Col Laurence Buck
1st Lt Melissa Chenowith
December 2017

Director of Cadet Program:
1. This was the first full year as Director of Cadet Programs for Lt Col Keohane. He has been active
throughout the year in promoting cadet activities and conducting outreach to different squadrons
throughout the MDWG. Lt Col Keohane turned over the duties of DCP to Maj Rachel Knowles in
November 2017.

2017-2018 Region
Cadet Advisory Council representatives
1. C/2d Lt Jordan Regalado was elected to the position of wing CAC chair for the 2017-2018 term.
Cadet Conference
1. The annual cadet conference was held in conjunction with the wing’s annual conference in Rocky Gap,
over the weekend of November 10-12. The cadet track provided cadets with a full day of choices for training
sessions, CAC meeting, and social time.

Drug Demand Reduction Administrator
1. In April 2017, our MDWG DDR Administrator, 1st Lt Melissa Chenowith was awarded the MER DDR
Member of the Year for her work in 2016.

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APPENDIX II Unit Staff – Data Statistics
Unit Map (showing geographic subdivisions within a WING)

SEED School of Maryland (MD-808)

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Unit Organization Chart

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Unit Command and Staff Listing
Name

Unit

Unit Name

Scanlon, 1st Lt Carol J
Burgos-Ramos, Capt Pablo D
Smith-Velazquez, Capt Laura
Chappell, Maj Dennis P
Waller, SM Henry
Harris, Lt Col Scott
Davis, Lt Col Charles S
Ells, Maj Donald J
Garnice, Lt Col Rory P
Harris, Capt Kevin S
Egry, Lt Col Lisa
LaPre, Lt Col Wes
Lotvedt, Maj Karl S
Villar, Maj Dennis
Green, Capt Brian
Phares, Lt Col Meredith M
Piersall, Lt Col Mark A

MD-039
MD-028
MD-091
MD-019
MD-052
MD-043

Carroll Composite Squadron
Col Mary S. Feik Composite Squadron
Mount Airy Composite Squadron
Charles Composite Squadron
Bowie Composite Squadron
Group 3 Headquarters

MD-042
MD-041
MD-023
MD-140
MD-007
MD-022
MD-089
MD-013
MD-004
MD-003

Group 2 Headquarters
Group 1 Headquarters
Arundel Composite Squadron
Fort McHenry Composite Squadron
Calvert Cadet Squadron
Osprey Composite Squadron
St. Mary’s Composite Squadron
Towson Composite Squadron
Hagerstown Composite Squadron
Frederick Composite Squadron

Cole, 2d Lt Brett

MD-065

Cumberland Composite Squadron

Queen, Maj Guilford C

MD-801

Parkland Cadet Squadron

Redman, Lt Col Kevin

MD-038

Howard Composite Squadron

Rustvold, Maj Derek W

MD-085

Apollo 1 Senior Squadron

Samson, 1st Lt Phillip

MD-086

Wicomico Composite Squadron

Santos, Maj Kristen S
Baker, Lt Col Laurence
Buffum, 1st Lt Michael
Thompson, Maj Robert F
Trick, Maj David M
Vogelgesang, 1st Lt Phillip
Winn, Maj Lucas
Winter, Col Joseph R
Roberts, Lt Col David
Walker, 1st Lt Justin

MD-071
MD-073
MD-079
MD-011
MD-890
MD-031
MD-332
MD-001
MD-008
MD-808

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron
Montgomery Senior Squadron
Easton Composite Squadron
College Park Composite Squadron
Esperanza Middle School Flight
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron
Upper Montgomery Composite Squadron
Maryland Wing
Harford Composite Squadron
SEED School Cadet Squadron

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APPENDIX III: A4/Director of Logistics – Data and Statistics
A4/Director of Logistics
Transportation Officer

Lt Col Cajetan von der Linden
Maj Vas Konecny

Completed Staff Actions CY January 2017

December 2017

A4/Director of Logistics
1. Successfully completed the CAP-USAF’s wing logistics audit in February 2017. Successfully passed
SAV inspection. The A4 Section completed the annual inventory by November 15, 2017.
Supply Officer
1. Billet unfilled all or part of the year.
Transportation Officer
1. No major events to report.
Facilities Manager
1. Continued work to gradually upgrade MDWG HQ facilities.

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APPENDIX IV: A6/Director of Communications – Data and Statistics
A6/Communications
A6/Director of Communications
Deputy Director of Communications
Communications Licensing Officer
Training
Completed Staff Actions CY January 2017

Lt Col Michael Starr
Maj Robert Dickey
Lt Col Jackie Fries
Maj John Pak
December 2017

A6/Director of Communications
1. The Communications section participated in the DoD COMEX 17-1 and 17-2 to train local and state
leadership with individual MARS operators. Conducted a successful SAV inspection in April. Major focus
was on outfitting and preparing new mobile incident command trailer which was graciously supported by the
MD Air National Guard to support MDWG exercises and real-world operations.
Communications Licensing Officer
1. Billet unfilled all or most of the year.

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APPENDIX V: A7P/Director of Professional Development – Data and Statistics
A7P/Professional Development
A7P/Director of Professional Development
Testing
Chief, Distance Education and eLearning
Assistant, Distance Education and eLearning
Completed Staff Actions CY January 2017

Lt Col Mark Kukucka
Lt Col Mark Kukucka
Lt Col Brenda Reed
Lt Col George R. Murray, Jr.
December 2017

A7P/Director of Professional Development
1. The major accomplishments for 2017 was that there were no discrepancies identified during the SAV
conducted that year. In addition, we coordinated and successfully completed 3 Squadron Leadership
School (SLS) courses, 3 Corporate Learning Courses (CLC), and 1 Unit Commanders Course (UCC). The
other major initiative was the rollout of an online version of the SLS and CLC courses that began in
September 2017.

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APPENDIX VI: Staff Officers – Data and Statistics
A1/Director of Administration & Personnel
Recruiting & Retention Officer
A5/Director of Plans & Programs
Director of Strategic Communications
Public Affairs Officer
Director of Information Technology
A8/Finance Officer
Grants Officer
Chaplain
Historian
Health Services

Lt Col Johnhenri Richardson
Maj James Holcomb
Lt Col Steven Solomon
Vacant
Vacant
Lt Col Brenda Reed
Maj Jonathan Ebbeler
Ch Lt Col Daniel Goulet
Ch Lt Col Edco Bailey
Capt Patrick Whang
Lt Col Christopher Hiles

Completed Staff Actions CY January 2017

December 2017

A1/Director of Administration & Personnel
1. In early 2017, the A1/Admin-Personnel section processed the first submission for the Maryland Goldstein
Tax Subtraction Modification program for Maryland residents who meet certain qualifications per the
Maryland IRS.
2. Submitted to MER by the A1 section, the following MDWG members were recognized with Middle East
Region ‘of the year’ awards in April 2017.
Brewer AE Award (lifetime achv)
DDR Member of the Year
Director of Finance of the Year
Ground Team of the Year
(Decamp)
Professional Development Officer
of the Year
Senior Member of the Year

Lt Col Lawrence McGovern
2nd Lt Melissa Chenowith
Lt Col Brenda Reed

Paul Turner Safety Award

MDWG

BCC Composite Squadron
Lt Col George “Buddy”
Murray, Jr.
Lt Col James Steinmeier

3. In November 2017, the following members were recognized with ‘of the year’ awards at the wing
conference:

Administrative Officer
Aerospace Education

2nd Lt Crystal Joy (Cumberland
Composite Sqn)
2nd Lt David A. Cox (Carroll Composite
Sqn)

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Cadet Programs Advocate
Cadet NCO
Cadet Jr. Officer
Cadet of the Year
CAP-USAF Torch Award
Character Development (Moral
Leadership)
Communications
Deputy Commander/Cadets
Deputy Commander/Seniors
Drug Demand Reduction
Emergency Services
Finance
Incident Command Staff
Information Technology
Historian
Logistics
Ground Team
Operations
Personnel
Professional Development
Public Affairs
Recruitment and Retention
Safety

1st Lt Hannah J. Schmitz (Arundel
Composite Sqn)
C/CMsgt Kalei J. Hayes (Arundel
Composite Sqn)
C/Capt Daniel M. Flanick (Mt. Airy
Composite Sqn)
C/Maj Wyatt Hartman (Glenn L. Martin
Composite Sqn)
Maj Marty Sacks (MDWG HQ)
Capt David F. Webster (St Mary’s
Composite Sqn)
Maj Martin K. Brown (College Park
Composite Sqn)
Lt Col Glenn P. Rioux (St Mary’s
Composite Sqn)
Lt Col Ronald G. Tucker (Charles
Composite Sqn)
Capt Agatha M. Vogelgesang (Glenn L.
Martin Composite Sqn)
Capt Victor S. Santos (BCC Composite
Sqn)
2nd Lt. Patti L. Messick (Mt Airy
Composite Sqn)
Maj James A. Holcomb (MDWG HQ)
Lt. Col. Glenn P. Rioux (St Mary's
Composite Sqn)
Capt Patrick Whang (MDWG HQ)
Maj Mark W. Coppenbarger (St Mary's
Composite Sqn)
BCC Composite Squadron
Maj. Derek W. Rustvold (Apollo 1
Senior Sqn)
Lt Col Dwight K. Hall (St. Mary's
Composite Sqn)
1st Lt Michael S. Heuss (Apollo 1
Composite Sqn)
Capt. Alice L. Raatjes (Group 2 HQ)
1st Lt. Catrina A. Johnson (BCC
Composite Sqn)
2nd Lt. Mark A. Zablotny (Apollo 1
Senior Sqn)

Transportation
Wing Staff Officer of the Year

Lt. Col. Brenda Reed (MDWG HQ)
1st Lt. Will Pinder (Cumberland
Composite Sqn)
Lt Col Dean R. Trombley (Mt Airy
Composite Sqn)
Lt. Col. Bob Midkiff

Squadron of the Year
Group 1 Squadron of the Year
Group 2 Squadron of the Year

Cumberland Composite Squadron
Cumberland Composite Squadron
Osprey Composite Squadron

Senior Member of the Year
Squadron Commander

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Group 3 Squadron of the Year

Arundel Composite Squadron

Recruiting and Retention Officer
1. Billet unfilled all or most of the year.
A5/Director of Plans & Programs
1. The year began with the creation of an OPORD and providing support for the Presidential Inauguration in
January 2017. Also, created a Unit/Group OPORD template which can be used for other missions.
Continued to develop OPORDs for all Wing exercises and for hurricane response operations.
Public Affairs Officer
1. For much of the year, the PAO position was vacant at MDWG level. The new MDWG website was
successfully rolled out in September 2017.

Director of Information Technology
1. Major focus this year was the development and transitioned to a new MDWG website which was
launched in September 2017. Another emphasis item was the transition of MDWG staff from DropBox
storage to the MDWG cloud.
A8/Finance Officer
1. Billet unfilled all or most of the year. A8/Finance conducted the SAV financial audit in March. Audit
report indicated grade improvement by two points.
Chaplain
1. MDWG Chaplains, Lt Col Goulet and Lt Col Edco Bailey, completed renewal of qualifications for
mission chaplain.
Historian
1. This past year’s focus has been to slowly re-establish a MDWG history program. External outreach has
been with the nearby Patapsco Heritage Greenway (PHG) to look to incorporate the MDWG HQ and Nike
missile site within the boundaries of the PHG. One CAP member interview was conducted for the Library of
Congress’s Veterans History Project.
Health Services
1. No major updates to provide here.

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APPENDIX VII: Special Staff Officers – Data & Statistics
Inspector General
Safety
Government Relations
Legal
Military Liaison
Completed Staff Actions CY January 2016

Lt Col Scott Harris
Lt Col Matthew Cauthen
Lt Col Richard Stuart
Lt Col Phillip Walker
Lt Col Christopher Howell
December 2016

Inspector General
1. Conducted periodic subordinate unit inspections (SUIs) throughout the year in 2017. During the SAV, the
IG section received only one discrepancy which was corrected before the release of the final SAV report.
Safety
1. Initiated a safety survey across the entire MDWG in January 2017 and results sent to MER. Supported the
MER Safety Blitz during Safety Awareness Week in March.
Government Relations
1. MDWG members participated in CAP’s National Legislative Day on March 2, 2017. All 10 local
legislators were visited by three teams on Capitol Hill.
Legal
1. No major events or issues to report from the year.
Military Liaison
1. MDWG continued its tradition of preparing and serving lunch to the Air National Guard during their
monthly drill weekends at Warfield ANG Base in Middle River, MD. All three groups participated on a
rotating basis throughout the year.

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THIS ANNUAL REPORT IS FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AND SUBMITTED BY THE BELOW SIGNED
CIVIL AIR PATROL HISTORIAN REPRESENTING THE AFOREMENTIONED UNIT. ALL
INFORMATION IS RECORDED AS SUBMITTED BY THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENT AND ASSIGNED
PERSONNEL “AS IS” AND REPRESENTS STATISTICAL DATA, FINANCIAL STATAMENTS AND
UNTI ACTIVITIES FOR THE SPECIFIED PERIOD FO ASSESSMENT AND RECORDING. THE UNIT
HISTORIAN IS NOT REPONSIBLE FOR THE VERACTITY OR ACCURACY OF INFORMATION.

Submitted by:

Patrick Whang, Capt
Maryland Wing Historian