Wicomico squadron supports local Wings and Wheels Airshow
June 6, 2019 – SALISBURY, Md. – Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing’s Wicomico Composite Squadron supported the 2019 Wings & Wheels event at the Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport on Saturday, May 18. Approximately 4,000 people attended the admission-free event with more than 1,200 vehicles in the public parking area.
The squadron set up a cooking and serving line to feed all volunteers reporting for the morning shift. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, and coffee were in abundance. After the breakfast a CAP recruiting and information booth was erected next to a MDWG aircraft piloted to the event by Capt. Leon Sheer of the Easton Composite Squadron. This booth was open and active throughout the day with literature and answers regarding the CAP provided to approximately 40 inquiries.
The event showcased 56 aircraft and vehicles of various years and vintage. Among the aircraft were the Maryland Air National Guard A-10 Thunderbolt “Warthog,” the U. S. Marine Corps Osprey V-22, and the WWII B-25J Mitchell bomber “Panchito.” Also open to the public were the Maryland Army Guard Chinook helicopter and the Delaware Air National Guard C-130.
The Wicomico Composite Squadron’s cadet color guard composed of Cadets Smith, Banks, and the Kaspersky brothers, presented the colors at the opening ceremony. Throughout the day all squadron members staffed various positions to assist visitors. Pre-event mandatory safety and logistics training was required of all volunteers. Multiple county agencies were available and interacted with the public.
AOPA seminars were included. Fee-based rides were available for hot air balloons, helicopters, and a biplane. The U. S. Naval Academy Parachute team performed and radio-controlled model aircraft were on display as well as operational drones.
Among the over 60 volunteers were 15 representatives of the Wicomico Composite Squadron under the leadership of Lt. Col. Kenneth Thom. These included senior members Lt. Col. George R. Murray, Jr., Lt. Col. Thomas Pezzetti, Capt. Joseph Dodoo, Capt. Grant Gibson, 2nd Lt. Barbara Bernstein, Senior Member Justin Beaubett, and cadets C/CMSgt Weston Smith, C/MSgt Joseph Kaspersky, C/TSgt Alexander R. Emmert, C/SSgt John Banks, C/SSgt Jonathan Kaspersky, and C/SrAmn Alexandria Jimmerson. Also assisting were CAP/Wicomico supporters Mr. Chris DiPasqua and Ms. Arlene Thom.
Nearly 1,500 members serve in Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing. Last year, wing members flew 13 actual search and rescue missions. Overall, the Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland, flying 2,245 hours in all mission categories, and was credited with four finds. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.6 million. For information, contact the Maryland Wing at mdwg.cap.gov or follow the wing on Facebook.
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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 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 information.
Photo credits: Ken Pierce and Arlene Thom.
Lt. Col. George R. Murray, Jr.
Public Affairs Officer