Fort McHenry Composite Squadron Celebrates its 10th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Fort McHenry Members pose for a squadron photo. (Photo Credit: Katerine Moore)FORT MEADE, MD - On October 16th, seventy members of Fort McHenry Composite Squadron (FMCS), their families, and special guests attended a dinner on Fort George G. Meade at Club Meade celebrating the 10th anniversary of their unit’s founding.

The event began with the playing of the National Anthem and toasts. Cadet Senior Airman Mariah Brown provided reflections on the Prisoner of War and Missing in Action table. Cadet Master Sergeant Alexandra Green and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Gregory Gleichauf introduced special guests in attendance that included:

  • Maryland Wing Vice Commander – Lieutenant Co lonel Wes LaPre, CAP

  • Group II Commander – Lt. Col. William Parris, CAP

  • Detachment 1, 7th Intelligence Squadron - Captain John Dyson, USAF

  • Detachment 1, 7th Intelligence Squadron - Capt. Kenneth Mercer Jr., USAF

Also present and introduced were all of the unit’s former commanders and present commander, respectively, - Majors Tori Steinmeier and Douglas Barth and Captains Karen Walker and Donald Ells.Following their introductions, both new and founding members of the squadron were introduced to those
at the ceremony.

After the dinner, Second Lieutenant Anthony Moe, squadron Historian, described the elements of the squadron patch. This was followed by Cadet Master Sgt. Sacks narrated the unit’s decade of achievements and accomplishments. In the past decade the squadron was named Group II squadron of the year twice, received a Unit Citation Award for quarterly blood drives, and the first unit in Maryland Wing to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program. Additionally, during the past decade several unit members were awarded Wing and Region “of the Year” awards. Following this presentation, squadron cadets were promoted:

  • Cadet Master Sgt. Green, Flight Commander, was promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sgt.

  • Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Gleichauf, Flight Commander, was promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Award winner and promotee's pose for a photo (Photo Credit: Capt. Sherry McManus

  • Cadet Airman Bronte Goldsmith was promoted to Cadet Airman First Class

  • Cadet Basic Sarah Cohen was promoted to Cadet Airman

  • Cadet Basic Payton Erlemeier was promoted to Cadet Airman

Capt. Donald Ells recognized the Fort McHenry’s ground team for their find of a non-distress Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). The following individuals were awarded the Search and Rescue Find ribbon: 2nd Lt. Andrew Wortman, Cadet Staff Sergeant Ryan Payne; Cadet Senior Airman Kyle Rose, Cadet Airman First Class Bronte Goldsmith, Cadet Airman First Class Sennsa Imhotep.

Capt. Martin Sacks was presented the CAP’s Meritorious Service Award for his outstanding efforts as a Director, Air Force Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Orientation Flight Program for the Maryland Wing. Captain Sacks dedicated several hours coordinating efforts to establish the AFJROTC program within the Maryland Wing.

Capt. Donald Ells recognized the hard work and dedication of senior members who supported and gained in-depth knowledge of the elective Senior Member Aerospace Education Program. Three individuals completed the training requirements to be awarded the General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award:

  • Lt. Col. James Steinmeier

  • First Lieutenant Charles Frater

  • 2nd Lt. Anthony Moe

Lt. Col. LaPre commented, “That the high caliber volunteers within the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron have led to a successful unit.” Capt. Donald Ells stated “that Fort McHenry will redevelop their Aerospace Education program and that plans are currently in development to design, build, and obtain support to launch a cubesat.” As part of the closing, each attendee received an especially cast squadron medallion and then Lt. Col. Alexandra
Calloway presented the squadron with a set of mounted wing and squadron coins. This was followed by all of unit’s commanders being presented a special 10th Anniversary Certificate of Appreciation for their role in the squadron’s establishment and development during its first decade of existence.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. 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 has been credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 100 lives this fiscal year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.

There are more than 1,500 members of CAP in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 42 search and rescue missions and were credited with 31 finds. For more information about the CAP, visit

The Fort McHenry Composite Squadron meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at the William Witte Armory, 130 Mellor Avenue in Catonsville, Md. Prospective members are always welcome. For more information or directions, visit the squadron website at

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