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Maryland Wing members introduce flight to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute students

November 23, 2019 — BALTIMORE —  In service of Civil Air Patrol’s aerospace education mission to shape experiences and aspirations of youth outside its cadet program, members of CAP’s Congressional Squadron, Apollo 1 Senior Squadron, Col. Mary S. Feik Composite Squadron, and Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron conducted the first iteration of cadet orientation flights for 13 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on November 23, 2019.

The cadet orientation flight program affords AFJROTC cadets the opportunity to experience flight from the front seat of a CAP aircraft. In addition to experiencing flight, the cadets received multiple briefings to include a brief history of CAP, an overview of recent missions and a list of the organization’s accomplishments. The cadets also received brief instructions on airports, charts, weather and aeronautical decision making with an emphasis on safety.

The day was busy for both the cadets and the CAP staff.  Prior to the cadets’ arrival, staff conducted weather checks and final flight coordination.  Once the cadets arrived at the airport, they were introduced to the support staff and pilots; and received briefings on CAP history, the mission for the day, and supporting safety briefings. Following the briefings the cadets and pilots conducted pre-flight inspections and receive a second safety briefing prior to taking to the skies.

Retired Colonel Gina Humble, the senior aerospace instructor for Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, served as both the liaison with the Maryland Wing coordinator and the AFJROTC point of contact for the event that consisted of 13 flights with four CAP aircraft relocated from around the state of Maryland. The CAP pilots supporting the flying event were Maj. Bob Nelson, Capt. Pablo Burgos-Ramos, 1st Lt. Dwayne DeFreitas, and 2nd Lt. Chris Everich. Supervisor of flying, communications, and base support for the event was coordinated by Maj. Derek Rustvold, Apollo 1 Senior Squadron commander, and Capt. Joseph Morales of the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron.

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 more than 80 lives annually. CAP’s 66,000 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 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information.

Over 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year Maryland Wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions and were credited with four finds. Members flew an additional 32 patrol missions for Maryland totaling 2,245 flight 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.


Maj. Derek Rustvold, CAP
Commander, Apollo 1 Senior Squadron

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