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    Md. squadron hosts 18th successful community blood drive

    January 13, 2010


    Cadet Airman 1st Class Sennsa Imhotep (left with a first-time blood donor, Cadet Airman Earl Watson.
    Photo by Lt. Col. James Steinmeier

    Maj. William Parris (left), Maryland Wing Group II commander, presents the CAP Unit Citation Award to 1st Lt. Donald Ells, Fort McHenry Composite Squadron commander, as Cadet Airman Brent Sacks stands by.
    Photo by Maj. Doug Barth

    Capt. Sherry McManus
    Assistant Public Affairs Officer
    Maj. Doug Barth
    Public Affairs Officer
    Maryland Wing

    MARYLAND – Fort McHenry Composite Squadron members exceeded their goal when they hosted Catonsville’s annual holiday blood drive Dec. 12 for the American Red Cross, collecting three more pints than the 20-pint goal for the day.

    Contributing to that total were a pair of first-time donors, Cadet Airmen Malcolm Scott and Earl Watson, along with two other Fort McHenry members, Capt. Sherry McManus and Senior Member Ping Wah Lai, and Maj. Jason Kerpelman of the Apollo I Composite Squadron.

    Maj. Doug Barth, project officer, was on hand to open the Bloomsbury Community Center for the drive, with assistance from Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Zachary McManus and Cadet Airman Malcolm Scott. Alex Selema, a friend of the squadron, also met Barth for the early morning set-up and stayed the entire day to support the drive.

    Throughout the day other squadron members rotated in and out of duty positions, including registration, escort and canteen services. Also providing support were:

    • Lt. Col Jim Steinmeier.
    • Capt. Sherry McManus.
    • 2nd Lts. Jake Kellogg and Patrick McManus.
    • 1st Lt. Jim Holcomb. 
    • Senior Member Ping Wah Lai.
    • Cadet Lt. Col. Charles Frater.
    • Cadet Tech. Sgt. Gregory Gleichauf.
    • Cadet Staff Sgt. Gabriel LaJuenesse.
    • Cadet Senior Airmen Alex Coleman and Ali Green.
    • Cadet Airmen Sennsa Imhotep and Earl Watson.
    • Cadet Airmen Basic Pok Doo Lai, Pok Ko Lai and Lucas Pattison.

    The Red Cross made a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation on behalf of all donors to the drive, which was co-sponsored by the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.

    The campaign marked the 18th quarterly blood drive, totaling more than 400 pints, the squadron has sponsored as part of a community service program launched in June 2005. In 2009 that campaign helped earn the squadron Civil Air Patrol’s prestigious Unit Citation Award, citing “outstanding achievements, exceptional service and high degree of performance” in sponsoring and conducting the community blood drives.

    The squadron has also received two citations from the American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region for its support to the Catonsville community.

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