September 2013, Westminster, Md. The Carroll Composite Squadron, located in Westminster, Md., receives the 2013 Quality Cadet Unit Award. The Quality Cadet Unit Award acknowledges excellence in program administration and success in performance.
Annually, during the month of September, Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters' staff examines every state's cadet and composite squadron's performance in specific areas to determine personnel status and program effectiveness. Squadrons who meet or exceed the award standards in maintaining performance goals in adult leadership, Aerospace Excellence and cadet achievement, participation in encampments, growth, cadet flight orientation, personnel retention and Drug Demand Reduction activities are awarded the Quality Cadet Unit Award. The Carroll Squadron also received the Quality Cadet Unit Award in 2010 and 2011.
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Jarosinski, Squadron Commander thanked his staff and cadets for a job well done, "Working with quality people who share the commitment to excellence ensures success. Our ability to achieve excellence as a unit is built on the individual contribution of each member. Each of you plays an important part in the squadron's total success. I am proud to be a part of the Carroll Squadron and extend my personal appreciation to each of you for all that you do."
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 www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Nearly 1,700 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 29 search and rescue missions and were credited with 13 finds saving three lives. Maryland Wing flew over 160 missions for the State of Maryland resulting in 2,222 hours flown. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $4.2 million. For more information, contact the Maryland Wing at www.mdcap.org.
The Carroll Composite Squadron meets 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Hilltop Assembly of God Church Hall at 30 North Cranberry Road in Westminster, Md. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18, and their parents are always welcome. Adults seeking mentoring opportunities are invited as well. For more information e-mail email@example.com or visit www.carrollcap.org. You can also follow the Squadron on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capcarrollcomposite .