Civil Air Patrol
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Maryland Wing squadrons compete at annual state cadet competition

3/10/2018 – GRANITE, Md. – Cadets from around the state competed in the Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol Cadet Competition held March 10, 2018, at Maryland Wing Headquarters in Granite, Md.   The teams represented squadrons from all three groups in the wing and the top two teams will move on to the Middle East Region Cadet Competition later this spring.

The six-person teams were put through a variety of inspections and tests, including a physical fitness test, leadership challenge, uniform inspection, written exam on aerospace knowledge, a Jeopardy-like quiz, and color guard maneuvers and postings.

The teams from Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron and St. Mary’s Composite Squadron took first and second place respectively.  These teams will move forward to the region competition.

Other winners and top scores in the individual categories include:

Written Test Top Score: Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Felix Caratini, Cadet Capt. Ronald Ramsaran

Cadet Physical Fitness Test Top Score: Cadet Master Sgt. Brooke Mengistu

Indoor Posting: Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron

Outdoor Posting: Frederick Composite Squadron

Team Leadership Problem:  Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron

Team Jeopardy: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron

Uniform Inspection Prep: St. Mary’s Composite Squadron Team 2

Uniform Spot Inspection: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron

Cadet Physical Fitness Test:  Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron

The Maryland Wing Cadet Competition was hosted by Maryland Wing Cadet Programs staff, led by Maj. Rachel Knowles, the wing’s director of cadet programs.

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 or follow the wing on Facebook at

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.


Photo:  The first place team from Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron (L-R): -Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Emilia Wright,  Cadet Master Sgt. Brooke Mengistu, Cadet 1st Lt. Matthew Deveau, Cadet Technical Sgt. John Spillane, Cadet Staff Sgt. Bernadette Winnard, and  Cadet Capt. Ronald Ramsaran.

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