Akron Canton Composite Squadron (OH-278)
MAPS Air Museum
2260 International Pkwy
North Canton, OH 44720
Meeting Day/Time: Sunday, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Squadron Commander: Capt. Michael Reitz, CAP
Facebook: OH-278 Facebook
Instagram: OH-278 Instagram
The Akron Canton Composite Squadron is comprised of both senior and cadet members, conducting both the senior program and cadet program.
The standard weekly meeting schedule is as follows.
|Unit Letter Designation
|Aerospace Education and Leadership
|Physical Training (PT)
|Aerospace Education, Leadership, and Drill and Ceremonies
|Character Development Instruction, Leadership, and Promotions
OH-278 focuses on all three aspects of the Civil Air Patrol, offering Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services.
Squadron Point of Contact:
Capt. Michael Reitz, CAP
Squadron Commander Bio
Captain Michael Reitz joined Civil Air Patrol in the 1970s as a cadet, rising to the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. In 2012, he returned to CAP as a senior member, and has served as Squadron 278’s Aerospace Education Officer since 2019. He has earned the Mitchell and Earhart awards as well as the Ohio Aerospace Teacher of the Year and the Ohio Aerospace Officer of the Year awards.
Capt Reitz brings a number of diverse experiences to the squadron. Possessing degrees in physics, astronomy, and education; he is currently working towards his degree in the History of Science and Technology: History of Manned Space Flight, (though don’t expect is anytime soon). Since 1981, he has worked professionally in education and with youth. In addition to being a certified high school science teacher he has taught teacher methods courses at Mt. Union, physics in college prep schools, set up the Expanded Science Program for Cleveland City Schools, worked with Project STAR (an early STEM program), and been a featured presenter at many national education conferences.
Capt Reitz has also served as a missionary on the Navajo Reservation, directed high adventure summer camps for teens, done professional woodworker for 30 years, and is a published writer in both educational journals and comic books. He is also a board game designer with an actual Star Trek license.
Married for 37 years, he and his wife Karen live in Wooster, Ohio in the house he built, and they have a grown daughter. Captain Reitz is also a year-round cyclist; though for the past few winters he doesn’t ride if the temperature is below freezing.