Civil Air Patrol
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Glenn L. Martin squadron hosts annual awards banquet

February 18, 2020 – ESSEX, Md. – Civil Air Patrol members from Maryland Wing’s Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron gathered on January 25 to recognize its members during the annual awards banquet in Essex, Md. The event concludes a great year of achievements, both from individual members and the squadron.

Capt. Philip Vogelgesang, squadron commander, and Cadet Maj. Robert Miner emceed the event. Supporting them were Cadet 2nd Lt. Felix Caratini and Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Jose E. Boscana.

Cadet Jonathan Yong-Yi Ku earned the Cadet Recruiter award for recruiting two new members to the squadron.

Earning the Red Service Award for two years of service included cadets Kendall Jarrett, Cadet Sr. Airman Isabel Morales, Timothy Fitzwater, Zachary Packer, Blaidd Wilt and Willis Morales. Senior officers completing two years of service were 2nd Lt. Samuel Packer, Capt. Brent Hippert, Capt. Joseph Morales and Sr. Member Karen Packer.

Members completing five years of service include Cadet Capt. Valerie Purdie, Cadet Maj. Robert Miner, Maj. Dean Hines and Sr. Member Beverly Smith. Lt. Col. Earl ‘Roc’ Williams was recognized for completing 15 years of service.

Also recognized was Lt. Col. Gus Gostomski, who joined Civil Air Patrol July 23, 1951, making him the longest serving member in Maryland Wing. Our newest squadron member joined the unit two days before the banquet.

The squadron presented the 2018 – 2019 Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Excellence Award. The squadron earned the award for conducting specific lessons and activities to further enhance the aerospace education mission. Maj. Dean Hines and Capt. Agatha Vogelgesang planned and taught each of the lessons while 25 individual cadets who participated in the lessons and activities each received a personalized award.

Cadets completing achievement one of the CAP cadet program earn the Gen. John Curry Award and promotion to cadet airman. Cadets promoted were Carson May, Samantha Sparks, Timothy Kaczkowski, Jeremy Aggrey-Orleans and Giovanni Nuth. 16 cadets earned the Curry award in 2019.

Cadets completing achievement three of the CAP cadet program earn the Col. Mark Feik Achievement and promotion to cadet senior airman. Cadets promoted were Jonathan Yong-Yi Ku and Isabel Morales. Five cadets earned the Feik award in 2019.

Cadet Antonio Pessaro completed achievement four of the CAP cadet program, earning the Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker Award and promotion to cadet technical sergeant. Pessaro was one of four cadets to earn the Rickenbacker award in 2019.

Cadet Kendall Jarrett completed achievement seven of the CAP cadet program, earning the Dr. Robert Goddard Award and promotion to cadet chief master sergeant. Four other cadets also earned the Goddard award in 2019.

Cadet Greggor Hines, former cadet commander, finished phase four of the CAP cadet program, was promoted to cadet lieutenant colonel.

Senior member Amy Sparks completed level 1 of the CAP professional development program.

Members of the unit supported the 2019 CAP National Conference in Baltimore, by helping at the airport, hotel and many other locations throughout the week. Earning a CAP Achievement Award for support are Cadets Benjamin Rohm and Nathanial Rohm.

Maryland Air National Guard hosted a change of command ceremony in Baltimore on September 14, 2019. Cadet Zachary Packer earned a CAP Achievement Award for supporting the event.

Cadet Capt. Valerie Purdie received a CAP Achievement Award for her term as cadet commander from July 2018 thru August 2019.

Capt. Joseph Morales earned a CAP Achievement Award for acting as mentor and coordinator of the squadron CyberPatriot Teams in 2018 and 2019.

Capts. Joseph Toskes and Jane Toskes earned CAP Achievement Awards for supporting our members at the CCBC flight simulators.

2nd Lt. Samuel Packer earned a CAP Achievement Award for outstanding support of our cadet activities.

1st Lt. William Miner was presented the 2019 Maryland Wing Property Manager of the Year Award, which was awarded during the 2019 Maryland Wing Awards Ceremony.

1st Lt. Corey Cameron earned the CAP Proficient Pilot Award. This award recognizes pilots that complete phase one of the Federal Aviation Administration’s WINGS safety program.

Cadet Maj. Robert Miner was presented the Air Force Associations Outstanding Cadet of the Year Award.

Lt. Col. John Henderson, vice commander of operations for Maryland Wing, presented Capt. Phil Vogelgesang the new coin he designed for the Robert Ayres Memorial Flight Scholarship Program.

Cadet Col. Wyatt Hartman was presented the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award. The Spaatz award is the capstone award for the CAP cadet program. Only 2,243 cadets nationwide have earned the award since its inception in 1964. Brig. Gen. Edward Jones, Assistant Adjutant General – Air for Maryland, presented Hartman the award.

Presenting Hartman an executive citation was Mrs. Gabby Slocomb, district six community outreach coordinator for the Baltimore County Executive Offices for Community Engagement.

Mr. Paul Blitz, chief of staff for Maryland Delegate Ric Metzgar, presented citations on behalf of Metzgar, Maryland Senator Johnny Ray Salling, Delegate Robin Grammer and Delegate Robert Long.

The following members were presented “of the year” awards to recognize specific accomplishments throughout the year:

  • Most improved Cadet: Cadet Antonio Pessaro
  • Most motivated Cadet: Cadet Nathanael Rohm
  • Unsung Hero: Cadet Blaidd Wilt
  • Earl ‘Roc’ Williams Spirit Award: Cadet Valerie Purdie
  • Cadet NCO of the Year: Cadet Zachary Packer
  • Cadet Officer of the Year: Cadet Matthew Gray
  • Honor flight: Charlie Flight, led by Cadet Benjamin Rohm
  • Eternal Service Award: Lt. Col. Christopher Roche
  • Biggest Heart Award: Lt. Col. Earl ‘Roc’ Williams
  • Making a Difference Award: Sr. Member Beverly Smith
  • Constant Contributor Award: Capt. Nadine Hartman
  • Back in the Day Award: Lt. Col. Gus Gostomski
  • Mission Impossible Award: Lt. Col. Walt Coats
  • Prop Wash Award: Capt. Brent Hippert
  • Hospitality Award: 2nd Lt. Itamar Braga
  • Mad Scientist Award: Maj. Dean Hines

Cadet of the Year was presented to Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Nathanael Rohm.

Senior officer of the year was presented to 2nd Lt. Christine Hansen.

Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Boscana and Lt. Col. Earl ‘Roc’ Williams photographed the event.

The squadron color guard, consisting of cadets Timothy Fitzwater, Zachary Packer, Kendall Jarrett and Antonio Pessaro, presented the colors for the banquet.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Essex, Md., hosted the 175 members and guests. Ikaros Restaurant in Baltimore catered the event.

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 Follow the squadron on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 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. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 26,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. 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.

More than 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with five finds and one life saved. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,106 hours in all mission categories. Volunteers contributed services estimated at 4.6 million dollars. For more information contact the Maryland Wing at


Photos: Cadet Col. Wyatt Hartman (right) is presented the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award by Brig. Gen. Edward Jones, assistant adjutant general for air.

To view a photo album from the event, visit the squadron’s Facebook page.

Lt. Col Christopher Roche, CAP
Public Affairs Officer
Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron

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