Fort McHenry aided the local Army National Guard unit during their annual Holiday Party PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 December 2010 14:55
Cadet and Seniors serve food to MDNG members during thier annual holiday party (Photo Credit: Capt. Donald Ells)CATONSVILLE, MD – On 12 December 2010, twelve members from the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron supported the 200th Military Police (MP) Company during their annual holiday party. The National Guard unit is located at the MG Witte Armory in Catonsville, Maryland.  Fort McHenry Squadron has been based at the Armory since March, 2010.

The day began by the company standing in formation for the presentation of the Army Achievement Medal to four soldiers and two second lieutenants being promoted to first lieutenant. The company commander, Captain Ronald Kimzey, thanked the family members for supporting the soldiers. Fort McHenry Squadron’s Major (Ch.) August Peters, Civil Air Patrol, provided the invocation for the holiday party.

Several CAP members lined up with leaders of the MP unit to serve the annual holiday meal. After the troops were served their meal the company First Sergeant, Michael Chalmers, invited CAP members to join them in their holiday meal. Before, during, and after the holiday meal Capt. Sherry McManus, First Lieutenant Stacey McManus, Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Gregory Gleichauf and Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Alexandra Green provided activities to the soldier’s children to occupy their time until Santa Clause arrived.

The National Guard has been an outstanding partner with Fort McHenry Composite Squadron.  The Witte Armory is now home for the Squadron, including weekly Squadron meetings.  The Guard is also a co-sponsor for the Squadron’s quarterly American Red Cross community blood drive, having hosted four community drives this year. Capt. Donald Ells, commander of the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron, commented, “This is a way for unit members to thank the men and women of the 200th MP Company and helps the unit foster a good relationship with the guard unit.” There were over 90 members from the unit in attendance and when including family members over 130 individuals were present. As the day ended and clean-up was completed members from the 200th MP Company invited cadets and senior members to climb inside a Humvee.

The following members from the Fort McHenry Composite Squadron were present: Lieutenant Colonel James Steinmeier, Maj. (Ch.) August Peters, Capt. Donald Ells, Capt. Sherry McManus, 1st. Lt. Stacey McManus, 2nd. Lt. Ping Wah Lai, Flight Officer Ryan Fregger, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Greg Gleichauf, C/Chief Master Sgt. Zach McManus, C/Senior Master Sgt. Alexandra Green, Cadet Airman Alex Fregger, C/Amn Brandon Negron.

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 currently participating 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 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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