Arundel squadron supports Wreaths Across America
December 29, 2018 — CROWNSVILLE, Md. — Civil Air Patrol’s Arundel Composite Squadron, a unit in Maryland Wing, hosted the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery on December 15, 2018. With the approximately 4,400 community volunteers, 34 squadron members comprised of 26 cadets and 8 senior members placed wreaths on the headstones of those interred at the cemetery.
Capt. Kevin Harris, squadron commander, presided over the ceremony which opened with the invocation led by 1st Lt. Deric Dunn of the Carroll Composite Squadron. The Arundel squadron cadet color guard presented the United States, Maryland, and Prisoner of War / Missing in Action (POW/MIA) colors. At the close of the ceremony, the unit’s cadet honor guard rendered a 21-gun salute to honor those interred. Part of the ceremony is the placing of a remembrance wreath to honor each of the branches of the armed services and the POW/MIA. Personnel from each service placed their services’ wreath, Cadet Maj. Matthew Fangio placed the wreath for the U.S. Air Force, and a member of the U.S. Military Veterans MC placed the remembrance wreath for the POW/MIA.
Notable speakers during the ceremony were 1st Lt. Deric Dunn, providing words of distinction and inspiration, and Lt. Col. Allan Floyd, Fort Meade’s deputy garrison commander, speaking of a moving letter addressed from Maj. Abdul Rahman Rahman, Afghanistan Army Aviation Special Mission Wing, to the widow of fallen U.S. soldier Maj. Brent Taylor, Utah Army National Guard. Taylor lost his life to an insider attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in November 2018. Floyd spoke of how Taylor’s mentorship positively changed the life of his Afghan counterpart and encouraged other veterans to share their story. In his closing, Floyd issued a challenge for all within the audience to listen to words of veterans so that they may learn from them; and also presented a path for all of us to remember, honor, and teach.
Hosting an event as large as this includes an increasing need in logistics and support. Several squadron cadets and senior members worked jointly with the Anne Arundel County Reserve Police Officers and the Hogs and Heroes Foundation to control traffic and parked over 1,500 vehicles without incident. Squadron members provided escorts to those families that requested assistance in laying wreaths, and rendered honors to their interred loved ones after the wreath was placed. Upon the event’s completion, the squadron cleared the cemetery of empty wreath boxes and trash.
The Arundel Composite Squadron would like to give recognition to Mrs. Jill Harris for her enduring efforts and utmost devotion to honoring the United States’ combat fallen for not only for those buried at Crownsville, but also for those buried across the nation, and all veterans who served or are serving. Just five years ago, Mrs. Harris witnessed that merely 184 graves received wreaths at the cemetery. Through her involvement and dedication to raise awareness about Wreaths Across America and concerted effort to increase the number of graves receiving wreaths over the years, over 13,000 wreaths were laid at the Crownsville cemetery this year. Mrs. Harris has been the WAA principal site coordinator for Crownsville Veterans Cemetery for five years.
Special acknowledgments are given to the following Civil Air Patrol, Arundel Composite Squadron members:
Color Guard – C/1st Lt. Hailey Boyd, C/2nd Lt. Narongrit Dulsaeng, C/CMSgt Nicholas Novak, C/MSgt Lucas Jacques, C/CMSgt Kaitlin Amaya-Oliva;
Honor Guard – C/MSgt Scott Biggs, C/TSgt Jake Behrendt, C/SSgt Zachary Jackson, C/SrA Raymond Marshall, C/SrA Chandler Dearborn, C/A1C Annabelle Death, C/A1C Logan Tillman;
Support Cadets – C/Maj. Matthew Fangio, C/CMSgt Courtney Brandon, C/MSgt Conor McCarthy, C/TSgt Michael Larsen, C/SSgt Thomas Boxall, C/ A1C Fallon Novak, C/Amn Jayden Oyola, C/Amn Tiffany Sabharwal, C/Amn Zhanaya Taylor, C/Amn Lucas Salazar, C/Amn Gabriel Salazar, C/Amn Leyna Vo, Cadet Andrew Peacy, Cadet Nicholas Rogers,
Senior Members – Lt. Col. Scott Harris (Maryland Wing Headquarters), Lt. Col. Greg Novak, Maj. Scott Wacker, Capt. Kevin Harris, 2nd Lt. Josias Senties, 2nd Lt. Jeffrey Robertson, 2nd Lt. Jutaluck Dulsaeng, 2nd Lt. Brent Chappell, 2nd Lt. Mindy Death.
The Arundel squadron is a composite squadron consisting of both senior and youth programs with members from Anne Arundel and surrounding counties. The squadron meets Monday nights, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Rejoice Fellowship Church located at 7606 Quarterfield Road in Glen Burnie, Md. We welcome new members who may have a passion for aviation, dream of flight or are considering a career in the military. CAP is a great way to serve your community and enhance your leadership skills. Join us. Youths, ages 12 to 18, parents and adults interested in the cadet or senior program are always welcome to drop by our meetings. Contact the Arundel Composite squadron at https://arundel.mdwg.cap.gov/ .
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: Arundel Composite Squadron supports Wreaths Across America. Squadron members shown in picture: Capt Kevin Harris, C/SrA Chandler Dearborn, C/A1C Annabelle Death, C/SSgt Thomas Boxall, C/Amn Leyna Vo, C/TSgt Jake Behrendt, C/SSgt Zachary Jackson, C/A1C Fallon Novak, C/A1C Logan Tillman, C/MSgt Conor McCarthy, C/TSgt Michael Larsen, C/Amn Jayden Oyola, C/Amn Tiffany Sabharwal, C/Amn Lucas Salazar, C/Amn Gabriel Salazar, Cadet Andrew Peacy Cadet Nicholas Rogers, C/CMSgt Courtney Brandon, CMsgt Kaitli Amaya-Oliva, C/SrA Raymond Marshall, C/Maj Matthew Fangio, C/MSgt Scott Biggs, C/Amn Zhanaya Taylor, C/2nd Lt Narongrit Dulsaeng, 2nd Lt Brent Chappell, C/MSgt Lucas Jacques, C/1st Lt Hailey Boyd, 2nd Lt Josias Senties, C/CMsgt Nicholas Novak, Maj Scott Wacker, 2nd Lt Jutaluck Dulsaeng, 2nd Lt Jeffrey Robertson, 2nd Lt Mindy Death. (Photo credit: 2nd Lt. Jeffrey Robertson, CAP)
2nd Lt. Jeffrey Robertson, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Arundel Composite Squadron