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Charles squadron says goodbye to its cadet commander

September 6, 2018 — INDIAN HEAD, Md. — Civil Air Patrol’s Charles Composite Squadron recently said goodbye to the squadron’s cadet commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Tyler Whitsett as he starts college this fall after receiving a full Air Force scholarship to the University of Tampa.

Lt. Col. Carlos Montague, representing the Maryland Wing commander, and Maj. Dennis Chappell, the Charles Composite Squadron commander, presented Whitsett the Commander’s Commendation Award for continuously demonstrating outstanding leadership and organizational qualities, and for being instrumental in organizing the squadron’s emergency services training and the color guard.  The award was signed by Civil Air Patrol’s National Commander Maj. Gen. Mark Smith.

Also that night cadets got an overview of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, and the opportunity to fly a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  Lt. Col. Ron Tucker, who maded the presentation, was surprised that all the cadets did a good job of flying the UAV.  Cadets participating were Whitsett, Cadet Technical Sgt. R. Holmes, Cadet Sr. Airman Palma, Cadet Airmen Schwalm, Estell, and Haynes, and new cadets Violi and Hart.

The squadron also promoted two cadets to Cadet Technical Sergeant, Cadet R. Holmes and Cadet C. Holmes.  This is the sixth achievement in the cadet program and the first step in Phase II, the Leadership Phase.  They both successfully completed the specific requirements of the Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement to get this promotion, and are now part of the cadet leadership team for the squadron. Whitsett and Palma pinned the new grade on Cadet Holmes.

The Charles Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), meets every Monday night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Maryland Airport, near Indian Head, Maryland.

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.


Lt. Col. Ronald G. Tucker, CAP
Deputy Commander for Seniors
Charles Composite Squadron

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