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Squadron upgrades incident command post

July 16, 2022

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Middle River, MD: - The incident command post located at the Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron completed a long-awaited upgrade in May 2022.

The operations room is a critical part of Maryland Wing emergency operations. Located in central Maryland and right along the Chesapeake Bay, the operation room can communicate with stations across most of the central and eastern sections of the state. Antennas located on the roof of the hangar allow extended communications to multiple repeater stations in Maryland, extending the range further. The Martin ICP is also critical for the yearly Bay Patrol mission completed between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

In May 2021, with support from Maryland Wing, the aging antenna lines on the roof were replaced and the antennas retuned to achieve maximum efficiency. Lt. Col. Mike Starr, Maryland Wing Director of Communications, along with Lt. Col. Elza Redman and Captain Melvin Schall coordinated the effort with assistance from Lt. Col. Richard Hoerner.

In May 2022, the project was completed with fresh paint, new tables and new carpet for the floor. 1st. Lt. Patrick Sparks and 2nd. Lt. Robert Rykaczewski remodeled the entire room over a three-day period. A new white board and hanging boards in the room finished up the project.

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron meets every Thursday from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Martin State Airport. For information on the squadron, including meeting address and contact information, visit Follow the squadron on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Nearly 1,500 members serve in Civil Air Patrol’s Maryland Wing. Last year, wing members flew four actual search and rescue missions. Overall, the Maryland Wing flew 26 missions for the State of Maryland, flying 2,021 hours in all mission categories, and was credited with four finds. Volunteers contributed services estimated at $5.2 million. For information, contact the Maryland Wing at or follow the wing on Facebook.

Established in 1941, Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 555 single-engine aircraft and 2,250 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and performs about 90% of all search and rescue operations within the contiguous United States as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Often using innovative cellphone forensics and radar analysis software, CAP was credited by the AFRCC with saving 108 lives last year. CAP’s 56,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. As a nonprofit organization, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace education using national academic standards-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education resources. Members also serve as mentors to over 23,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or for more information.

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Lt. Col Christopher Roche

Public Affairs Officer

Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron


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