Fort McHenry Composite Squadron assists at Fort Meade Enlisted Spouse’s Club Annual Children’s Holiday Party PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 December 2010 22:48

Members assist with the creation of gifts from Santa Claus. Photo Credit: Donald EllsFORT MEADE, MD. – Six members of the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron assisted members of the Fort Meade Enlisted Spouses Club (ESC) during their annual children’s holiday party. Each year the ESC plans and coordinates a holiday party for the children of military personnel stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.  This year over 300 children and their parents took part of this year’s theme “World Holidays.”

Members assisted with helping the children play games and create crafts about the different holidays different countries around the world celebrate. Cadet Master Sergeant Brent Sacks worked at the “duck pond” passing out prizes to children that selected a winning duck. The major holidays that were represented were Pancha Ganapati, which is a Hindu festival lasting five days, Islam, Christian, and Hanukkah. Captain Alvin Sacks and Second Lieutenant Josh Neel workedat the Pancha Ganapati craft table helping children create arts and crafts associated with the holiday.

Kathrine Moore, member of the Enlisted Spouses Club, said “This year, our goal was to create a holiday party that was a true celebration on the faiths celebrated by military families on Fort Meade by incorporating activities based on the world’s main religions. With the help of the Ft. Meade Community and our friends at the Ft. McHenry CAP we were able to accomplish our goals.” CAP members really enjoyed giving back to the community and working with the children. Capt. Donald Ells stated, “It was great working with the kids and showing them about how different cultures celebrate the holidays.” Several parents that attended were unaware of the Civil Air Patrol and what they provide to the community and the nation. CAP members explained to the parents what CAP three missions were and what exciting opportunities there were for children and adults. Members from the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron volunteered seven hours assisting the Enlisted Spouses Club.

The following members were in attendance: Capt. Donald Ells, Capt. Alvin Sacks, First Lieutenant Charles Frater, 2nd. Lt. Josh Neel, 2nd. Lt. Ping Wah Lai, and Cadet Master Sergeant Brent Sacks.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 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 was credited by the AFRCC with saving 72 lives in fiscal year 2009. 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 more than 23,000 young people currentlyparticipating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 68 years.

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

The Fort McHenry Composite Squadron meets weekly on Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm, at the 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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