2nd Annual CAP Memorial Ceremony

On 19 April 2014, the National Capital Wing hosted the 2nd Annual Civil Air Patrol Memorial Ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.  CAP members, guests, and members of the public joined to honor our departed colleagues.  A roll call of 150 members were read, with the audience responding “Absent, sir!” as each name was announced.

Colonel Bruce Heinlein, National Capital Wing commander and host, introduced the guest speaker, Brig Gen Richard Anderson, former CAP National Commander and current member of the CAP Board of Governors. Other guests included Col John Knowles, Maryland Wing Commander, and Col Jane Davies, Middle East Region Chief of Staff.  Capt Aaron Newman of the Arlington Composite Squadron served as the master of ceremonies.

Please see below for photographs from the ceremony.

Reminder: Special Event Monday 23 Sept; No meeting Wednesday 26 Sept

The Arlington Composite Squadron will be attending a special event at the National Air and Space Museum on Monday evening, 23 September 2013.  Members who are participating in the event should report to the Arlington Career Center by 1800 for van transportation.

Because of this special activity, we will not hold our regular squadron meeting on Wednesday, 26 September 2013.  The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, 2 October 2013.

A Visit from Across the Pond

Tonight, the Arlington Composite Squadron was extremely pleased to welcome a visiting Royal Air Force Air Cadet from 1483 (Brentwood) Squadron and his father.  Our visitors had the opportunity to meet squadron members, listen to an aerospace education lesson on the early history of the Civil Air Patrol, observe cadet drill, and talk about the differences and similarities between our organizations.  Our visitor also gave a short talk on his experiences as an Air Cadet in the United Kingdom.

The Arlington Composite Squadron thanks you for your visit and wishes you all the best in your future endeavors.

A visiting RAF Air Cadet poses with the cadets of Arlington Composite Squadron.

A visiting RAF Air Cadet poses with the cadets of Arlington Composite Squadron.

Arlington Squadron members receive awards at the 2013 Wing Conference

The National Capital Wing held its annual Wing Conference on 30 March 2013 at Joint Base Andrews.  A key part of the conference is recognition of our senior members and cadets for their achievements in the previous year.  Congratulations to all awardees, and in particular to the following Arlington Squadron members:

  • Capt Seldon Morgan (Commander’s Commendation for superior service)
  • Capt Scott Caesar (Commander’s Commendation for outstanding service)
  • 1st Lt Dan Frattin (Commander’s Commendation for outstanding service, Disaster Relief Ribbon with “V” Device)
  • 1st Lt Aaron Newman (Commander’s Commendation for outstanding service, CAP Achievement Award for 2012 State of the Union Address participation, Disaster Relief Ribbon with “V” Device)
  • C/MSgt Brian Ellis (CAP Achievement Award, Cadet NCO of the Year)
  • Lt Col Tom Sadauskas (CAP Achievement Awards for serving as an instructor for SLS and CLC)
  • Lt Col Gene Cartier (CAP Achievement Award for serving as an instructor for SLS)
  • 1st Lt Victor Sanguanboon (Homeland Security Ribbon)

Please see this link for pictures from the conference.


Human-Powered Helicopters!

The Arlington Composite Squadron had an excellent guest briefer at our last meeting.  Mr. William Staruk of the University of Maryland gave the squadron an overview of the Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter project.  He covered the engineering challenges that the Gamera team has been facing, and showed us several videos of some of the team’s successes and failures.  It was a great lesson in engineering, aerodynamics, structures, and most importantly, teamwork.  More information on the Gamera project (including some of those videos) is available at http://www.agrc.umd.edu/gamera/.

Gamera Presentation

Mr. William Staruk of the University of Maryland introduces the Arlington Composite Squadron to the Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter project.

We are grateful to Mr. Staruk for his visit and we wish the Gamera team great success for the future!

Special Guest at Arlington on October 24th

Please join us for a special aerospace education briefing from Mr. William Staruk, a member of the University of Maryland’s Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter project.  All CAP members from the National Capital Wing are welcome, as are any new prospective members.  The briefing will be during our normal squadron meeting at 6:30 PM (1830) on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at the Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive on the second floor.  Please join us!

You can find more information about the Gamera project at http://www.agrc.umd.edu/gamera/.