Purdie appointed new Martin squadron cadet commander
August 1, 2018 – MIDDLE RIVER, Md. – The Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron, a unit in the Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol appointed Cadet 1st Lt. Valerie Purdie as its new cadet commander during a ceremony on July 5, 2018.
Purdie accepted command from Cadet Capt. Greggor Hines. She joined the squadron in December 2013 and is a graduate of the 2014 Tri-Wing Encampment. Purdue earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award in August 2016. Her previous duties included flight sergeant, flight commander and deputy commander.
Purdie graduated from Mercy High School in 2017 and is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she plans to pursue a degree in social work and elementary education. After graduating from college, Purdie plans to join the Air Force.
Her CAP goals include attending Region Cadet Leadership School and / or Cadet Officer School, staffing encampment and earning the Amelia Earhart Award.
Outgoing cadet commander Hines served as cadet commander since January 2017 and is very active with the Cadet Advisory Council, Tri-Wing Encampment staff and is a certified glider pilot.
Video of the ceremony is available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrfolEe57y8&t=29s
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Martin State Airport. For information on the squadron, including meeting address and contact information, visit www.glmcscap.org. Follow the squadron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glmcscap and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/glmcscap.
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 mdwg.cap.gov 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. 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 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.
Photo: Cadet 1st Lt. Valerie Purdie, CAP
Lt. Col. Christopher Roche, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron