Fort McHenry squadron welcomes new commander
10/3/2017– HALETHORPE, Md. — Lt. Col. Lisa Egry formally accepted command of the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron (FMCS), part of the Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol on September 27, 2017. Lt. Col. Frank Jarosinski, deputy commander of Group II, Maryland Wing, presided over a traditional change of command ceremony held at the American Legion Post 109 in Halethorpe, Md.
Jarosinski accepted the squadron’s guidon from outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Steve Hollis, and presented it to incoming commander Egry. Cadet Technical Sgt. M. Thomas-Crawford served as guidon bearer. This time-honored military tradition represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commander to another. The passing of squadron’s guidon from the outgoing commander to an incoming one confirms that the unit and its members are never without official leadership, a continuation of trust and also signifies a commitment of members to the new unit commander.
Egry, upon accepting her command, indicated that she looks forward to this leadership opportunity and expressed that her goals include continued support of the CAP mission, members’ professional development and sustaining a high level of commitment to excellence.
Outgoing commander Hollis expressed his appreciation for the support and member contributions made during his tenure and for the opportunity to work and serve with a group of exceptional dedicated volunteers. He encouraged the squadron to continue on the road to excellence and service while congratulating the squadron on its achievements.
Before her command position at FMCS, Egry served as senior member training officer in emergency services and professional development with the Towson Composite Squadron. She joined CAP in 2001, initially serving in the Delaware Wing (DEWG). Egry has a diverse background developed through positions held as the deputy commander for cadets for the Dover Composite Squadron in Delaware, DEWG director of cadet programs and DEWG external aerospace education officer. She has a master rating in aerospace education, a senior rating in cadet programs and is qualified as a ground team member, ground team leader, and ground branch director. Egry also graduated Hawk Mountain Ranger School with a Ranger second class rating.
Lt. Col. Egry graduated from Delaware Technical and Community College in 1995 with an associate degree in occupational therapy, and Wilmington University with a master’s degree in special education in 2010. During her careers, she has worked in various programs in Delaware and Maryland for students with autism and other learning disabilities. She is married to Col. Eugene Egry, chief of staff for the Middle East Region, CAP.
Civil Air Patrol wants and needs the best, the brightest and the most committed. Our promise to our members is an opportunity to build character and put that character into action in ways that are meaningful to communities and our country. Volunteering with CAP is a unique combination of fun and challenge, personal development and the value of making a real difference for people in need.
The Fort McHenry Composite Squadron meets weekly on Wednesday nights from 7-9:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 109, 1610 Old Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, Md., 21227. Prospective cadets aged 12-18 with their parents are always welcome. Adults seeking volunteer opportunities are invited as well. Follow the squadron on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fortmchenrycap/ For more information about CAP Maryland Wing, Group II squadrons, visit www.mdgroup2cap.org.
Over 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 dollars. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, 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 80 lives annually. CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s cadet programs. Visit http://www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.
(left) Lt. Col. List Egry, Commander, Fort McHenry Composite Squadron (Photo credit: Capt. Alice Raatjes, CAP)
(right) Pictured L-R: Lt. Col. Frank Jarosinski, Group II deputy commander, Lt. Col. Steve Hollis, outgoing commander, Cadet Technical Sgt. M. Thomas-Crawford, guidon bearer, and incoming commander, Lt. Col. Lisa Egry. (Photo credit: Capt. Alice Raatjes, CAP)
Capt. Alice Raatjes, CAP
Assistant Public Affairs Officer, Maryland Wing