You’ve found America’s best kept secret, right here in New Jersey. We are the Civil Air Patrol's Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron. Our membership includes both cadets (ages 12-18) and senior members (21 and above). 

What is Civil Air Patrol (CAP)? 

CAP is a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit corporation that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). We are a volunteer organization with an aviation-minded membership that includes people from all backgrounds, lifestyles and occupations. 

Our focus is on three congressionally assigned core missions: 
1. Emergency services, which includes search and rescue (by air and ground) and disaster relief operations 
2. Aerospace education for youth and the general public 
3. Cadet programs for teenage youth 

In addition, CAP has been tasked with homeland security and courier service missions. CAP also performs non-auxiliary missions for various governmental and private agencies, such as local law enforcement and the American Red Cross.

Interested in learning more? 

Take some time to browse through the websites for CAP’s National Headquarters and our squadron. Learn about our core missions. Check out our Facebook page. Then attend our upcoming open house:
  • 21 February 2022
The open house will provide an excellent learning opportunity about the Civil Air Patrol and it will also be a chance to interact closely with our squadron members. To attend the open house, you MUST register at least 48 hours in advance by contacting anyone of the senior members listed below:  

Maj Bill Petzinger                          1st Lt Hazel Cerra                            1st Lt Joy Hoschek
Squadron Commander                  Aerospace Education Officer           Ass't Deputy Commander, Cadets
bill.petzinger@njwg.cap.gov         hazel.cerra@njwg.cap.gov               joy.hoschek@njwg.cap.gov 

Our squadron meets every Monday evening, except for national holidays, from 1830 – 2100 (6:30 – 9:00 pm). Our meeting location is Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Building 2411 (Kish Airman Leadership School), McGuire Blvd, McGuire AFB. 

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you.

United States Air Force Auxiliary 
PO Box 16168 
McGuire AFB, NJ 08641-6099 

McGuire Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol.
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