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Martin squadron members recognized for supporting COVID-19 efforts

November 26, 2020

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Middle River, MD. – Seventeen members from the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron, Maryland Wing, were presented a Region Commanders Commendation Award for work performed during COVID-19 efforts this year.

The Montgomery County government was the primary location, dropping off medical supplies and helping with traffic support at testing locations. Members also assisted at the Italian Culture Center, preparing meals for the community.

Colonel Bruce Heinlein, Mid-Atlantic Region Commander, praised the work done by all Maryland Wing members during his address to the wing. Maj. Gen. Mark Smith, CAP National Commander, added his praise and thanks to Maryland Wing for supporting the community during these times.

Members earning the Commanders Commendation are:

C/A1C Ta'Majai Latavia Adams

2d Lt Itamar Braga

C/A1C Jason Bransby

C/A1C John Bransby

C/A1C Sean Bransby

2d Lt Aaron Hartlove

Capt Nadine Hartman

Lt Col Samuel Herr

Capt Joseph Morales

C/CMSgt Willis Morales

C/CMSgt Antonio Pessaro

C/SMSgt Benjamin Rohm

2d Lt Robert Rykaczewski

2d Lt Patrick Sparks

Maj Agatha Vogelgesang

Capt Phillip  Vogelgesang

Lt Col Earl ‘Roc’ Williams

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

Nearly 1,500 CAP members serve in Maryland. Last year wing members flew 13 search and rescue missions. The wing was credited with four finds. Maryland Wing flew 32 missions for the State of Maryland. Members flew 2,245 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 at

Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and 1,550 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% 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 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit http://www.CAP.News or for more information.


Lt. Col Christopher Roche

Public Affairs Officer

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron

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