Maryland Wing supports Ocean City, MD Air Show 2020
Aug 24, 2020 – OCEAN CITY, Md.– Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing (MDWG) and Delaware Wing (DEWG) converged on Ocean City, Maryland to support the Ocean City Airshow 2020 on August 14-16, 2020. Originally the event was scheduled for June 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic triggered the postponement until the mid-August weekend.
During the three-day mission, forty-three Civil Air Patrol airmen worked jointly with the Ocean City representatives and event coordinators to assist with air show logistics, manning cooling stations, and supporting flight line related operations at the Ocean City Municipal Airport without incident. MDWG also hosted a recruiting station on the city’s boardwalk where cadets and senior members engaged with event attendees; and answered questions respective to the Civil Air Patrol mission.
MDWG and DEWG members supporting Ocean City during its annual air show aligns with the Civil Air Patrol core value of Volunteer Service while promoting aerospace education and esprit de corps amongst its members.
Civil Air Patrol Lieutenant Colonel John Henderson, MDWG Vice Commander, addressed the group of volunteer airmen prior to the event’s commencement and at the event’s conclusion. During his discussion, Lt. Col. Henderson emphasized that “By supporting Ocean City in its time of need, Civil Air Patrol shows its ability to provide much needed support to local jurisdictions”.
As with years past, thousands of spectators converged on the beaches and boardwalk of Ocean City to watch the air show. However, this year’s event marked the first time having four U.S. Air Force demonstration teams partaking in the same air show. The Air Force’s F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Team, and A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team dominated the Ocean City skyline prior to the headlining Air Force’s Thunderbirds performance. Each demonstration team performed with spectacular display of precision and aeronautical superiority.
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, Civil Air Patrol 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. Civil Air Patrol’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, Civil Air Patrol plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for information.
Prepared by: 1st Lt. Jeffrey Robertson, MDWG PAO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo (L-R): C/SMSgt Hersch, C/Capt. Klosiewiz, C/A1C Trozzo (Credit: 1st Lt. Jeffrey Robertson, MDWG PAO)