Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol The B-CC Composite Squadron has continued to train, develop, and mentor leaders of character since its inception in 1965. Squadron Meeting Schedule: Every Thursday from 7-9:30 pm
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The B-CC Composite Squadron has continued to train, develop and mentor leaders of character since its inception in 1965. Thursday Meetings from 7-9:30 pm.

Operating as usual

04/06/2021

Members from Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol joined the search today for two brothers missing in coastal Southern Maryland. CAP involvement was requested by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

“Our Civil Air Patrol aircraft flew route and grid searches, concentrating on areas along the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, including the area of Smith Island, Martin National Wildlife Refuge, and Tangier Island, as well as the Virginia shoreline. We currently have 27 aircrew members from both Maryland and Virginia wings using 8 aircraft working in concert with local authorities to locate the two missing boaters,” stated Lt. Col. John Henderson, Maryland Wing vice commander and current CAP incident commander.

Learn more at the MDWG website:

http://mdwg.cap.gov/index.php/2021/04/06/maryland-civil-air-patrol-joins-search-for-missing-children/

03/25/2021

Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol honors the over 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients on this Medal of Honor Day (March 25, 2021). The Medal of Honor is the US Government’s highest and most prestigious military decoration; and is awarded to American servicemembers who distinguished themselves through acts of valor and placed the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.

By an act of the 101st United States Congress and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush (Public Law 101-564) in November 1990, March 25 was designated as Medal of Honor Day and has been celebrated since 1991.

#medalofhonor #CivilAirPatrol #army #navy #marinecorps #airforce #coastguard #spaceforce #medalofhonorday #honor #Respect

Congratulations to the 3 B-CC Cadets who were awarded a 2021 Civil Air Patrol Flight or Academic Scholarship!-Cadet Col....
03/17/2021
93 Cadet Scholarships Worth $155,500 Awarded

Congratulations to the 3 B-CC Cadets who were awarded a 2021 Civil Air Patrol Flight or Academic Scholarship!

-Cadet Col. Rachel Rosenzweig: $2500 CAP Board of Governors Academic Scholarship
-Cadet Lt. Col. Brooke Mengistu: $2000 CAP Cadet Academic Scholarship
-Cadet Maj. Caleb Savoie: $1000 CAP Flight Scholarship

They join 4 additional Maryland Wing Cadets who received a CAP scholarship or recommendation to the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School!

Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol
Mid-Atlantic Region, Civil Air Patrol

Nearly 100 Civil Air Patrol cadets from 35 wings are receiving academic and flight scholarships worth a combined total of $155,500 in 2021.Twenty more cadets were recommended for acceptance to the U.S. Air Force Preparatory School in Colorado Springs. In all, 61 academic scholarships account for $...

02/02/2021

In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, we're highlighting powerful stories of leadership from African American members and alumni 🇺🇸. Check out our channels over the next few weeks for more on this impactful series. Happy Black History Month, everyone!

United States Air Force
12/08/2020

United States Air Force

Remembering Pearl Harbor

This year marks the 79th anniversary commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. Killed in the attack were 2,403 U.S. personnel, including 68 civilians.

U.S. Navy | #RememberPearlHarbor

Congratulations to our own Cadet 2nd Lt. Serenyi on becoming the 63rd Civil Air Patrol cadet to earn a Private Pilot's C...
12/04/2020

Congratulations to our own Cadet 2nd Lt. Serenyi on becoming the 63rd Civil Air Patrol cadet to earn a Private Pilot's Certificate through the Cadet Wings Program! He is now B-CC's 2nd and Maryland Wing's 6th Cadet Wings Graduate.

Cadet 2nd Lt. Serenyi is also the 3rd B-CC cadet to earn their private pilot's certificate this year!

#CivilAirPatrol #CAPcadet #goFLYcap

This year, B-CC will continue to do our part in honoring our men and women who served on behalf of our Nation by support...
11/12/2020
Check-out the Wreaths Across America Page that I Support!

This year, B-CC will continue to do our part in honoring our men and women who served on behalf of our Nation by supporting Wreaths Across America.

We invite you to sponsor a remembrance wreath that will be laid on a veteran's grave during a ceremony on National Wreaths Across America Day which falls on December 19th. Each wreath sponsorship will also result in a small donation back to our Squadron.

Thank you!

Learn more at: http://www.bcc-cap.org/wreaths-across-america-.html OR https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/20035/Overview/?relatedId=14854

Wreaths Across America ("WAA") coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies every December to "Remember, Honor, and Teach" about the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. Please check out this page to learn how you can help by sponsoring Veterans Remembrance Wreaths or by joining us on Decembe...

Today we join a grateful Nation in honoring those men and women who have served in our military!  #VeteransDay
11/11/2020

Today we join a grateful Nation in honoring those men and women who have served in our military!

#VeteransDay

On this #VeteransDay, we honor all who have served our country. And a special thank you to all Civil Air Patrol members who have served.

B-CC extends our deepest condolences to the McLellan Family as they lay her to rest today.  The positive impact of her c...
10/17/2020
Obituary for Judith Ann (Pratt) McLellan | Stauffer Funeral Homes, P.A.

B-CC extends our deepest condolences to the McLellan Family as they lay her to rest today. The positive impact of her continued service to Civil Air Patrol and the greater community will be felt well into the future.

How can you help celebrate her life? Consider donating to a scholarship fund that has been created in her honor. Details below:

Maryland Wing Headquarters
Lt Col Judith McLellan Memorial Scholarship Fund
3085 Hernwood Rd.
Woodstock, MD 21163
MDWG.cap.gov/index.php/donate

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Civil Air Patrol
09/11/2020

Civil Air Patrol

Today, we remember the lives that were lost on this day 19 years ago. Never Forget 🇺🇸

Congratulations to Civil Air Patrol's newest Spaatz Cadet, our own Cadet Col. Rachel Rosenzweig!   She is now the 74th S...
09/10/2020

Congratulations to Civil Air Patrol's newest Spaatz Cadet, our own Cadet Col. Rachel Rosenzweig! She is now the 74th Spaatz cadet in Maryland Wing and the 8th Spaatz cadet out of B-CC since 1964.

Not only did Cadet Col. Rosenzweig pass her Spaatz Exam on her first attempt this past weekend, she also became a newly licensed private pilot! These two accomplishments are certainly fitting seeing that she was awarded the 2020 General Carl A Spaatz Flight Scholarship by The Spaatz Association.

Cadet Col. Rosenzweig has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol since 2015 after she joined the Upper Montgomery Cadet Squadron. After transferring to B-CC in 2017, she earned her spot on the cadet staff where she served in a variety of positions which included flight commander, cadet leadership officer and cadet aerospace education officer. She has also remained an active member of the B-CC Ground Team where she is currently GTM2/UDF qualified.

Outside of the squadron, Cadet Col. Rosenzweig is a graduate of Hawk Mountain Ranger School, was co-author of the winning submission for the Maryland Wing History Writing Contest, is a glider solo pilot, and maintains high academic achievement as a senior in high school.

In the future, Cadet Col. Rosenzweig hopes to attend the United States Air Force Academy, become a CAP Mission Pilot, and transition to become a CAP Senior Member.

Thank you to Lt. Col. Midkiff and Lt. Col. Reed for proctoring her Spaatz Exam. We also extend our thanks to Capt. Piotr Kulczakowicz who served as her certified flight instructor.

#CivilAirPatrol #CAPcadet

Civil Air Patrol
08/19/2020

Civil Air Patrol

We are excited to celebrate the magic of flight. Happy #NationalAviationDay, everyone 😀!

B-CC sends its sincerest condolences to the family of Col. Carolyn Guertin who recently passed away.  For those who had ...
08/08/2020

B-CC sends its sincerest condolences to the family of Col. Carolyn Guertin who recently passed away.

For those who had the opportunity to meet her know that she was an ardent advocate for Civil Air Patrol. The legacy that she leaves behind will certainly be felt for generations.

It is with a sad heart that I have to report Col Carolyn Guertin has passed away. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts today. CAP has lost a great person. Lt Col John Payne. Commander

Volunteer U. Launch Brings 'New Era for CAP Education & Training'
08/04/2020
Volunteer U. Launch Brings 'New Era for CAP Education & Training'

Volunteer U. Launch Brings 'New Era for CAP Education & Training'

The opening of Civil Air Patrol's much-anticipated Volunteer University becomes a reality today as the cornerstone of CAP's new Senior Member Education and Training Program. Volunteer University, or Vol U, went live this morning, offering online and off-site courses and schools to enhance the educat...

Tropical Storm Isaias is churning up the East Coast.  Make sure that your family, pets, and property are prepared!  More...
08/03/2020

Tropical Storm Isaias is churning up the East Coast.

Make sure that your family, pets, and property are prepared! More information at the link below!

#Isaias is approaching the state of Florida. Finish preparing now if you are in the storm's path.

✅ Stock up on food, water, medication, pet items & cash to last several days.
✅ Prepare your home by clearing out drains & covering your windows.

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Register for this great learning opportunity!
07/30/2020

Register for this great learning opportunity!

Join us for an awesome opportunity to learn more about careers and opportunities within the United States Air Force and United States Space Force on 5 August 2020!✈️ 🛰️
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Pathway to Wings Career Brief (1300-1330 Central Time)
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Total Force Panel (1330-1415 Central Time)
Air and Space Forces, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Experts
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Accession Sources Panel (1415-1515 Central Time)
United States Air Force Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Officer Training School
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Simulcast on Facebook Live @Inspire AF Detachment 1
Aviation and Space Mentor Panel (1515-1615 Central Time)
Featuring @Laurenthepilot (Instagram) and Aviation and Space Professionals

07/26/2020
2020 Cadet Change of Command Recap

Enjoy a short video of the actual ceremony and recordings of the speeches given by C/Maj. Upmeyer and C/Maj. Mengistu.

#CivilAirPatrol #CAPcadet

Despite the current pandemic, B-CC hosted a Cadet Change of Command Ceremony last week where C/Maj. James Upmeyer relinq...
07/26/2020

Despite the current pandemic, B-CC hosted a Cadet Change of Command Ceremony last week where C/Maj. James Upmeyer relinquished command of the squadron to C/Maj. Brooke Mengistu. 1st Lt. Ramsaran served as the emcee with Group 1's Maj. John Strong and immediate family in attendance. B-CC sends our deepest THANKS to C/Maj. Upmeyer for his leadership this past year and his family for their continued support of the squadron/Civil Air Patrol. We are excited for the future with C/Maj Mengistu as our new Cadet Commander! Special thanks to Maj. Santos, 2nd Lt. Santos, and Capt. Jocy Santos for their assistance putting the ceremony together and providing tech/food support.

Despite the current pandemic, B-CC hosted a Cadet Change of Command Ceremony last week where C/Maj. James Upmeyer relinquished command of the squadron to C/Maj. Brooke Mengistu. 1st Lt. Ramsaran served as the emcee with Group 1's Maj. John Strong and immediate family in attendance. B-CC sends our deepest THANKS to C/Maj. Upmeyer for his leadership this past year and his family for their continued support of the squadron/Civil Air Patrol. We are excited for the future with C/Maj Mengistu as our new Cadet Commander! Special thanks to Maj. Santos, 2nd Lt. Santos, and Capt. Jocy Santos for their assistance putting the ceremony together and providing tech/food support.

07/22/2020
Mid-Atlantic Region, Civil Air Patrol

Congratulations to our own Maj. Kristen Santos on her selection as the 2020 Civil Air Patrol Professional Development Officer of the Year!

She'll be officially honored during the virtual Civil Air Patrol National Conference scheduled for August 14-15. We are proud to have her as part of the B-CC Family!

Major Kristen S. Santos from Bethesda-Chevy Chase Composite Squadron in Maryland Wing has been selected as the 2020 Civil Air Patrol Professional Development Officer of the Year! Congratulations.

**UPDATE** Course offerings for the 2020 Maryland Wing Pathfinder School have changed!Click the link below to see all ne...
07/17/2020

**UPDATE** Course offerings for the 2020 Maryland Wing Pathfinder School have changed!

Click the link below to see all new information.

Slots are filling up - some courses have only a few spaces left! Are you registered for the 2020 Pathfinder School? Both ground team and aircrew training classes - plus ICS-300.

We are also looking for flight line, food service, and health services staff for 1 day, 7 days, or any amount in between!
http://mdwg.cap.gov/index.php/a3-operations/pathfinder-school/

Don't miss out on a great opportunity!  Sign up soon!
07/06/2020

Don't miss out on a great opportunity! Sign up soon!

Slots are filling up - some courses have only a few spaces left! Are you registered for the 2020 Pathfinder School? Both ground team and aircrew training classes - plus ICS-300.

We are also looking for flight line, food service, and health services staff for 1 day, 7 days, or any amount in between!
http://mdwg.cap.gov/index.php/a3-operations/pathfinder-school/

Civil Air Patrol
07/04/2020

Civil Air Patrol

Happy 4th of July to our Civil Air Patrol family! Wishing you all a happy, safe, and fun weekend. 🇺🇸❤️

06/25/2020
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Tune in tomorrow, June 25th, for another great virtual opportunity!

In 2018, Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults made a one-engine emergency landing after the aircraft she was piloting suffered a blown engine. In this Air and Space Live Chat, Shults and museum curator Dorothy Cochrane will discuss that day, the history of women pilots and the challenges they faced, and what kind of training it takes to have nerves of steel.
*Note: This week's live chat will take place at 3:30 pm.

Civil Air Patrol
06/08/2020

Civil Air Patrol

Congrats, Class of 2020! You did it 🏆✨!

We want to celebrate your outstanding achievements. Send in your graduation photos by Friday, June 13, to be included in the official CAP graduation video. 🔗 to submit pictures: https://bit.ly/3cOvFO9

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken will be docking with the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew ...
05/31/2020
SPACEX - ISS Docking Simulator

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken will be docking with the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft in a little over 20 minutes!

Now you have the chance pilot Crew Dragon using the same interface. Just click on the simulator below.

#launchamerica #NASA #spaceX

This simulator will familiarize you with the controls of the actual interface used by NASA Astronauts to manually pilot the SpaceX Dragon 2 vehicle to the International Space Station.

Remember and honor them.
05/25/2020

Remember and honor them.

Remember them.

Hope you find a way to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. While you do, please take a moment to acknowledge our brothers and sisters who gave their lives for our nation.

Till Valhalla!

Congratulations to one of the Air Force's newest second lieutenants, 2nd Lt. Ronald Ramsaran!2nd Lt. Ramsaran was commis...
05/24/2020

Congratulations to one of the Air Force's newest second lieutenants, 2nd Lt. Ronald Ramsaran!

2nd Lt. Ramsaran was commissioned in a small ceremony held at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Our own Maj. Kristen Santos, a Captain in the Maryland National Guard, served as his commissioning officer and administered his Oath of Office. After the official pinning of his new insignia by his parents and sister, 2nd Lt. Ramsaran received his traditional "first salute" from his cousin, Cpl. Ramsaran, a Marine Corps veteran. The next step in his military career will be Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin AFB, Texas.

2nd Lt. Ramsaran, also a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) First Lieutenant, currently serves as B-CC's leadership officer and color guard project officer. He joined CAP as a cadet in B-CC back in 2014. In fact, his first CAP meeting was the Squadron Change of Command where Maj. Santos took over as B-CC's Squadron Commander. As a cadet, he earned the Amelia Earhart Award and served in several cadet cadre positions within B-CC and Tri-Wing Encampment. He also participated in National Blue Beret, competed on the color guard team, serves as an active member of the Ground Team, and holds his Private Pilot's License.

His commissioning ceremony started a little earlier than expected, but you can still watch the video by visiting Air Force ROTC Detachment 330 - University of Maryland's page. If you skip ahead to about 2 hours and 50 minutes into the video you will be able to view his ceremony.

We are more than proud of the leader that 2nd Lt. Ramsaran has become and we thank him for his continued service to B-CC and Civil Air Patrol! He now joins a long line of former B-CC cadets who have entered military service.

Maryland Wing, Civil Air Patrol

Mid-Atlantic Region, Civil Air Patrol

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National Blue Beret, Civil Air Patrol

Tri-Wing Encampment

We are proud to be part of a dedicated team of volunteer airmen doing amazing things across the Nation!  Thank you those...
05/21/2020
CAP Reaches New Heights: 10,000+ Volunteer Days of Support During Pandemic

We are proud to be part of a dedicated team of volunteer airmen doing amazing things across the Nation! Thank you those B-CC members who have volunteered their time supporting several missions in Maryland.

#CivilAirPatrol

Civil Air Patrol’s nationwide response during the COVID-19 pandemic has been record-setting, totaling more than 10,000 volunteer days of support over the first 70 days of operations. “As much of the nation settled in two months ago to withstand the unprecedented circumstances imposed by the nove...

Special THANK YOU to those B-CC members and alumni who are currently serving in the US Armed Forces!
05/16/2020

Special THANK YOU to those B-CC members and alumni who are currently serving in the US Armed Forces!

Happy Armed Forces Day! 🇺🇸

Armed Forces Day is a joint celebration of all six branches of the United States Military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and the newly created Space Force.

Civil Air Patrol is proud to be the official civilian auxillary of the United States Air Force! Join us in honoring our service men and women throughout all six branches of the United States Armed Forces who protect us everyday.

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A Continuing Legacy...

In March of 1974, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Cadet Squadron was one of ten Civil Air Patrol Squadrons recognized as a CAP Squadron of Distinction for 1973. Out of 381 eligible squadrons, B-CC was ranked as having a “top ten” cadet program in Civil Air Patrol. Captain William R. Hicks, B-CC’s founding Squadron Commander, described “four basic building blocks” that contributed to the young squadron’s success. They included:


  • A cadet squadron “run for cadets by cadets.”

  • Support from “a small group of very dedicated seniors who believe firmly believe in a cadet run squadron.”

  • Presence of a “strong working cadet staff.”
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    May the wind be at your back sir. Rest In Peace.
    All I’m preparing to move to Alabama at the end of the month. I’d like to thank all theme,beers of BCC who I’ve worked from my first meeting with the original Commander, Major Bill Hicks to the current Commander Major Victor Santos, along with Lt Col Crockett, Captain Acevedo, and of course Major Kristen Santos. The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Squadron has always been one of the elite units in CAP, and I am proud to have served in it on and off since 1972. Thanks for the Memories Lt Col Michael P. McEleney, CAP
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