Carroll and Martin squadron members participate in Veterans Day program at Shiloh Middle School
12/20/2017 — HAMPSTEAD, Md. – Civil Air Patrol Capt. Agatha Vogelgesang, a member of Maryland Wing’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron and Earth and Space science teacher at Shiloh Middle School, gave opening remarks to the school and local community during a recent Veterans Day assembly on November 10.
Vogelgesang remarked how Veterans Day serves a very important purpose as the day we recognize not just those who gave their lives in war, but all those who have worn the uniforms of service.
Vogelgesang was joined by two cadets from the Carroll Composite Squadron, Cadet Master Sgt. Chris Hudicka and Cadet Airman Jackson Kendig. The cadets assisted with passing out programs and welcoming veterans as they entered the school.
Vogelgesang stated, “It was great to see two cadets stand so proud of their uniform and what they represented. They answered questions from both the student body and community. They are becoming fine leaders in front of their peers.”
The students of Shiloh Middle School presented the Westminster, Md., American Legion with a flag made from their painted fingerprints as a way to honor those who have served our country.
The commander of the American Legion stated, “We want to take a moment to express our appreciation to the students, faculty, and staff of Shiloh Middle School for their thoughtful contributions while honoring our veterans this past week. Through your words, thoughts, actions, and support, each of you played an important role in recognizing members of our community that unselfishly served our nation with honor, courage, and pride. We thank you for your efforts in recognizing our military veterans during our Veterans Day assembly. You once again demonstrated that which makes our professional learning community so great!”
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 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 www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Capt. Agatha Vogelgesang, CAP
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron