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Maryland Wing members honored at Middle East Region conference

Lt Col and Mrs Steinmeier

Lt. Col. James Steinmeier of the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron was named Middle East Region Senior Member of the Year.

4/8/17 – Charlottesville, Va. – The Middle East Region announced its 2016 “of the year” awards at its conference joint MER/Virginia Wing held in Charlottesville, Va.   Several Maryland Wing members were recognized for outstanding service.  Congratulations to:

  • AE Teacher of the Year – VAWG – Ms. Tiffany Miller
  • AEO of the Year (Holm) – NCWG –  Maj Jeremy Browner
  • AFA AE Cadet of the Year – NCWG – C/SMSgt Dylan Gulla
  • AFA Cadet of the Year – DEWG – C/Col Justin Desrosiers
  • AFSA Cadet NCO of the Year – NATCAP – C/CMSgt Isabella Altieri
  • Brewer AE Award – Category I (Cadet) – NATCAP – C/Maj Nicholas Johnson
  • Brewer AE Award – Category II (SM) – NATCAP – Col Richard “Coop” Copper
  • Brewer AE Award – Category III (Non CAP Org-Ind) – VAWG – Mr. Luke Curtas (Shannon Airport)
  • Brewer AE Award – Category IV (Lifetime Achv.)- MDWGLt Col Lawrence McGovern 
  • Cadet Programs Officer of the Year (Sorenson) – SCWG – Capt George Davis
  • Character Development Instructor of the Year – VAWG – Capt Carla Warnock
  • Communicator of the Year – VAWG – Capt Eugene Jacob
  • Counterdrug Officer of the Year (Edwards) – WVWG – Col William Nimmo
  • DDR Member of the Year – MDWG – 2d Lt Melissa Chenowith 
  • DDR Wing of the Year – West Virginia Wing
  • Director of Finance of the Year – MDWG – Lt Col Brenda Reed
  • Ground Team of the Year (DeCamp) – MDWG – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron
  • Historian of the Year (Hopper) – NCWG – 1st Lt Donna Parker
  • Incident Staff Member of the Year (Lewis) – NCWG – Maj Dennis Bissell
  • Inspector General of the Year – WVWG – Maj Ivan Scarbrough
  • Legislative Liaison of the Year (Texido) – WVWG – Col Rodney Moore
  • Paul Turner Safety Award (Region SE Award) – Maryland Wing
  • Professional Development Officer of the Year – MDWG – Lt Col George “Buddy” Murray, Jr.
  • Property Manager of the Year – NATCAP – Lt Col John Davies
  • Public Affairs Officer of the Year (Payton) – WVWG – Maj Deborah Butler-Case
  • Safety Officer of the Year – NCWG – Lt Col Craig Richardson
  • Senior Chaplain of the Year – NATCAP – Chap (Lt Col) Michael Strickland
  • Senior Member of the Year – MDWG – Lt Col James Steinmeier
  • Squadron Chaplain of the Year – NCWG – Maj Terrence Barlow

Middle East Region honorees have been forwarded to Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters for consideration for national level awards.

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 for more information.

Over 1,400 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, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

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