DeJesus takes command of Easton Composite Squadron
October 30, 2020 — EASTON, Md. – Civil Air Patrol Lieutenant Colonel Ramon “Archie” DeJesus took command of the Easton Composite Squadron during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the Talbot Community Center on Wednesday October 28, 2020. DeJesus succeeds First Lieutenant Aric Rosenbach who commanded the squadron since November 2018. Officiating the ceremony was Lt Col Frank Jarosinski, Maryland Group II Commander who oversees eight CAP squadrons across Maryland’s eastern counties.
“Under his command, Lt Col DeJesus’ last squadron in Pensacola was recognized as Senior Squadron Of The Year by Florida Wing for 3 consecutive years. I cannot think of a better officer to lead this squadron, especially through these challenging times,” said Jarosinski. “Your background as a former CAP cadet, your experience in the Air Force, and your prior command, make you a great asset to Maryland Wing, this Group, and your squadron.”
A former native of Rockville Maryland, DeJesus joined the Civil Air Patrol during his freshman year of high school. Rising through the ranks as a Cadet, he “took a break” from CAP to serve in the Air Force. As a C-130E/H Navigator and T-1A Flight instructor, DeJesus logged over 2,500 hours including 720 combat hours flying over hostile skies in Iraq and Afghanistan. His decorations include the Bronze Star, six Air Medals, and several commendation medals earned during eight contingency deployments over a 21-year career. Five years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, DeJesus reactivated his membership with the Civil Air Patrol, volunteering to fly disaster relief missions over New Mexico and Florida.
In his opening remarks, DeJesus thanked the parents in attendance for their continued support of the program which enables kids to expand their horizons through aerospace education and develops their sense of civic responsibilities. He also acknowledged his predecessor, Rosenbach, for his commitment in raising squadron funds which allowed cadets to attend glider activities and other youth-oriented events. Due to COVID restrictions which forced the squadron to suspend its regular in-person meetings since March, DeJesus’ top priority is to leverage existing technologies to transition the squadron towards virtual meetings until conditions improve.
The change of command ceremony harks back military traditions during the 18th Century when soldiers from the field were unaware of who their commanders were or what they looked like. Not only did these formalized ceremonies afford soldiers the opportunity to see their new commander and witness the proceedings, it also marked the starting point when the incoming commander received his command authority from his superior officer.
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. For details about the Easton Composite Squadron visit https://www.facebook.com/eastonsquadroncap
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.
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