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McGuire Squadron Members Receive Promotions and Awards

posted Dec 1, 2020, 10:10 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Dec 1, 2020, 10:23 AM ]

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (November 30, 2020) -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron promoted and recognized members for their achievements during the squadron’s most recent promotion night.

Cadets Mikayla Hamilton and Maici Mintchwarner successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program and was promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant. He received the Brig Gen Bill Mitchell Award, given in honor of Maj Gen William "Billy" Mitchell, former Deputy Chief of the Army Air Service and military aviation visionary.

Cadets Margaret Achanzar and Kaya Kraft were both promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant for successfully completing Achievement 5 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program and received the Charles Lindbergh Award. The award was named after the legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, the first person to fly solo, non-stop, across the Atlantic Ocean, aboard the "Spirit of St. Louis." in 1927.

Capt. Douglas Davis, 1st Lt James Keedy, 2d Lt Joseph Podesta and 1st Lt Jeffrey Polizzi received the Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award. It’s given to senior members who complete level two of Civil Air Patrol’s professional development program.

1st Lt Frank D'Agostino and 2d Lt James Hoschek received the Grover Loening Award. It’s is given to senior members who complete level three of Civil Air Patrol’s professional development program.

Squadron members also received the Disaster Relief Ribbons for participating in missions during the COVID-19 pandemic. These missions included sewing masks, staffing food banks and assisting at COVID testing sites.

Cadets: C/MSgt Margaret Achanzar; C/Amn Michaela Clark; C/Capt Lorenzo Diventura; C/SSgt Charles Durr; C/Amn Savannah Durr; C/2dLt Mikhayla Hamilton; C/CMsgt Jessica Hoschek; C/CMSgt Mckenzie Keedy; C/2dLt Maici Mintc/hwarner; C/1stLt Joseph Podesta; C/TSgt Aaron Sperry; and C/Amn Alicia Sperry.

Senior members: 1st Lt Frank D'Agostino; 2d Lt Olga Durr; SSgt Nicholas Freeman; Maj Todd Hamilton; 2d Lt James Hoschek; 2d Lt Joy Hoschek; 1st Lt James Keedy; 2d Lt Joseph Podesta; and Maj AlyciaRae Weaver.

Maj Todd Hamilton, representing of NJ Wing Group 225, virtually presented members with their awards via Zoom. Maj Hamilton is Deputy Commander of Senior Members for the McGuire Composite Squadron.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

For information about membership in the McGuire Composite Squadron please contact Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

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Civil Air Patrol Squadron to Host Virtual Open House

posted Nov 30, 2020, 12:30 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Nov. 30, 2020) – A local Civil Air Patrol squadron will host a virtual open house at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 via Zoom. Members of the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron will discuss opportunities offered by the organization in aviation, aerospace or STEM fields and answer questions. Anyone interested in attending can register by sending an email to bill.petzinger@njwg.cap.gov.

“The McGuire Composite Squadron offers a youth program for students ages 12-18 who are interested in learning about flying, training for emergency services and providing community service,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, squadron commander. “The squadron also offers membership for adults interested in volunteer emergency services and teachers interested in bringing aerospace and STEM education to their classrooms.”

During the open house, members of the squadron will give presentations about CAP's unique missions for America. Guests will learn about the organization’s cadet program which includes learning to fly planes and gliders, building and launching rockets, defending against computer crime and other disciplines critical to our nation's future.

“Civil Air Patrol offers teenagers unique learning opportunities ranging from cyber security to STEM -- all while making new friends,” said Maj Petzinger. “They also will learn skills for life such as leadership, getting in shape and how to push themselves to new limits.”

To learn more about the McGuire Composite Squadron, please visit our website www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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Two McGuire Cadets Receive ‘Zoom’ Promotions

posted Oct 27, 2020, 1:57 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Oct. 26, 2020) -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron promoted and recognized two cadets for their achievements during the squadron’s recent promotion night over the Zoom platform.

 The following cadets earned promotions with accompanying awards in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program:

·       Cadet Margaret Achanzar promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant, the sixth enlisted grade. The grade accompanies the Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement.

·       Cadet Alexander Kurynow promoted to Cadet Airman, a grade that indicates the completion of the first of 16 achievements. The grade accompanies the Gen. J. F. Curry Achievement.

 Both cadets are residents of Hamilton, NJ.

 Cadets in the Civil Air Patrol can expect a rigorous program of self-study and applied leadership opportunities, regular classes and projects on aviation and aerospace, a character development program that focuses on living CAP’s core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect, as well as a focus on a drug-free lifestyle, and a fitness program that focuses on developing life-long fitness habits.

 Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.

 There are approximately 1,350 members of Civil Air Patrol in New Jersey. For more information about membership in the McGuire Composite Squadron please contact Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

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McGuire Cadets Participate in 2nd Rocket Launch

posted Oct 18, 2020, 11:59 AM by William Petzinger

ALLENTOWN, N.J. (Oct. 17, 2020) -- The Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol launched a number of model rockets today, the second in a series of many to come.  The launchings occurred at Byron Johnson Park and were supervised by 1st Lt James Keedy and 1st Lt Joy Hoschek.

This was the squadron’s third in-person gathering since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions that forced the squadron to hold its meetings via Zoom. Observing mandated distancing and masking practices, cadets completed several individual, hands-on activities that complemented online classes they have been taking over the past few months. Prior to the restrictions, McGuire Squadron cadets assembled model rockets as part of Civil Air Patrol’s STEM Program. 

 At the launch, nine cadets met requirements for earning the CAP Model Rocketry Badge. This badge is an individual award earned initially by listening to classroom lectures on the history and biographies of rocketry pioneers and on scientific laws with mathematical theories of rocket flight and space travel. Also, cadets must take three knowledge tests, scoring at least 80, before being awarded the badge.

Cadets attending the launch were C/CMSgt Jessica Hoschek, Hamilton; C/CMsgt McKenzie Keedy, and C/A1C Nicholas Keedy, Dorothy; C/MSgt Christopher Cerra, Southampton; C/TSgt Margaret Achanzar, Hamilton; C/MSgt Kaya Kraft, Medford; C/A1C Michael Dy-Tioco, Barnegat; and C/Amn Alexander Kurynow, Trenton.

 Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and 1,550 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.

There are approximately 1,350 members of Civil Air Patrol in New Jersey. For more information about membership in the McGuire Composite Squadron please contact Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

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Civil Air Patrol Cadet Learn to Find Their Way

posted Oct 18, 2020, 11:13 AM by William Petzinger

ALLENTOWN, N.J. (Oct. 3, 2020) -- Bright rays of sun shined on six cadets from the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron Saturday while practicing land navigation. Under the supervision of senior members Maj Todd Hamilton and 2d Lt Steven King, cadets walked the grounds at Byron Johnson Park with maps and compasses in hand. The squadron plans to establish a qualified emergency services team to participate in search and rescue missions.

Land navigation requires cadets to maneuver across an area without using a GPS for direction. They rely solely on maps and compasses to carry them from one point to another.

“If you’re looking for someone in an unfamiliar area, you can use a compass and map to determine where you are and how to get to where you need to be,” said Maj Hamilton, a recruiter for the U.S. Army.

Cadets split into two groups to accomplish their objectives. They took a pace count, which required them to take a hundred steps by counting the times their left foot hit the ground. This helped them keep track of the land they covered.

“After taking pace counts, cadets used their protractors and compasses to plot their coordinates on maps. They marked their current location and found the points of the direction they wanted to travel,” said Lt King, an engineer with the U.S. Marine Corp.

Cadets received online instruction on the basic steps of land navigation and practiced using a map and compass. At the park, Lt King explained the eight different types of terrain, which are hills, ridges, valleys, saddles, depressions, draws, spurs and cliffs. He also showed cadets how to recognize different features on maps and navigate through them.

 “It’s important to be familiar with terrain features because you might be on a hill; there might be ditches or rivers, and you have to know how to get across them to find someone who’s lost or injured,” said Lt King.

Participants in the Land Navigation Exercise are C/SSgt. William Mares, Barnegat; C/A1C Jesse Dy-Tioco, Barnegat; C/MSgt McKenzie Keedy, Dorothy; C/A1C Nicholas Keedy, Dorothy; and C/Amn Alexander Kuyrnow, Trenton.

Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and 1,550 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.

There are approximately 1,350 members of Civil Air Patrol in New Jersey. For more information about membership in the McGuire Composite Squadron please contact Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

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McGuire Squadron Hosts Successful Rocket Launch

posted Sep 23, 2020, 9:14 AM by William Petzinger

Allentown, N.J. (August 31, 2020) – The McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol launched a series of model rockets today so participating cadets would qualify for their rocketry ratings. The launches happened at a Byron Johnson Park over a three-hour period under the supervision of 2d Lt James Keedy, the squadron’s safety officer, and other senior members. Approximately 20 cadets are eligible to receive their rocketry badges.

“I’m extremely happy that our cadets could get to enjoy themselves at this extremely motivating -- but carefully monitored – activity,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, squadron commander. “We had a few failed ignitors and one or two bad motors, and one failed parachute but overall the activity was a huge success.”

The rocket launch was the squadron’s first in-person gathering since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions that forced its members to hold Zoom meetings each week. Observing mandated distancing and masking practices, the squadron’s cadets arrived at the park in shifts of six per hour and set up their Alpha III rockets using Civil Air Patrol’s Rocketry STEM Kit. Most cadets had assembled their model rockets before the pandemic.

Aerospace Education Officer 1st Lt. Hazel Cerra has challenged every cadet in the McGuire Composite Squadron to obtain their rocketry badge. Rocketry activities contribute to squadrons qualifying for a Cadet Quality Unit Award which is earned by meeting performance goals as a unit.

“Every cadet earning a rocketry badge is an achievable goal despite the COVID 19 restrictions,” said Lt Cerra. “Today’s rocket launch is the first in what will be a series of many to come for our squadron.”

Cerra said another launch is planned for October 2020 to allow cadets who were not able to participate in the August launch and for those who wish to obtain their advanced rocketry ratings.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.




McGuire Squadron Announces August Cadet Promotions

posted Aug 29, 2020, 6:48 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Aug. 28, 2020) -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron promoted and recognized seven cadets for their achievements during the squadron’s recent promotion night over the Zoom platform.

 “Congratulations on your promotions and achievements,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, squadron commander.  “Promoting and earning these achievements during the COVID crisis presented many challenges and you were successful.”

The following cadets earned promotions with accompanying awards in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program:

·       Cadet Joseph Podesta - promoted to Cadet First Lieutenant, the second cadet officer grade

·       Cadet McKenzie Keedy - promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant, the ninth enlisted grade. The grade accompanies the Dr. Robert Goddard Achievement.

·       Cadet Christine Orthodoxou - promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant, the seventh enlisted grade. The grade accompanies the Charles Lindbergh Achievement.

·       Cadet Kaya Kraft - promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant, the sixth enlisted grade. The grade accompanies the Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement.

·       Cadets Nicholas Keedy and Alexander King - promoted to Cadet Airman First Class, the second of 16 achievements. The grade accompanies the General H. H. "Hap" Arnold Achievement.

·       Cadet Alicia Sperry - promoted to Cadet Airman, a grade that indicates the completion of the first of 16 achievements. The grade accompanies the General J. F. Curry Achievement.

Cadets in the Civil Air Patrol can expect a rigorous program of self-study and applied leadership opportunities, regular classes and projects on aviation and aerospace, a character development program that focuses on living CAP’s core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect, as well as a focus on a drug-free lifestyle, and a fitness program that focuses on developing life-long fitness habits.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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McGuire Squadron Schedules Virtual Open House for Sept 14

posted Aug 24, 2020, 3:13 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Aug. 25, 2020) – Tired of the same old routine? Join the McGuire Composite Squadron, a local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, on Sept 14, 2020, 6:30 p.m., for a virtual open house and learn how exciting volunteering can be. Advance registration is required https://mcgureopenhouse.eventbrite.com .

Interested students between the ages 12-18, parents, teachers and pilots are invited to attend. Civil Air Patrol cadets will give live presentations about the organization’s unique missions for America and talk about the squadron’s contributions to the local community.

During the open house, guests will learn about the organization’s amazing cadet program which includes a robust aerospace education program and emergency services training. Guests will have an opportunity to ask questions of squadron members.

“Civil Air Patrol offers teenagers unique learning opportunities ranging from cyber security to STEM -- all while making new friends,” said Maj Bill Petzinger. “They also will learn to fly, lead, hike, camp, get in shape and push themselves to new limits.”

To learn more about the McGuire Composite Squadron, please visit our website www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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McGuire Squadron Announces Cadet Change of Command and Promotions

posted Aug 24, 2020, 10:24 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Aug 24, 2020, 11:54 AM ]


MCGUIRE AFB (July 6, 2020) - The McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently held a cadet change of command ceremony over Zoom followed by the promotions and recognition of five cadets and one senior member.

Cadet First Lieutenant Alanna Hendrickson turned over command of the cadets to newly promoted C/1st Lt Lorenzo Diventura.

C/1st Lt Diventura also completed Achievement 10. Named in honor the first female African-American pilot Lt Willa Brown, this achievement requires the passing of comprehensive aerospace and leadership tests as well as passing the Cadet Physical Fitness Test among other requirements..

Cadets Maragaret Achanzar, Charles Durr and Kaya Kraft were promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeants and each received the Wright Brothers Award. The Wright Brothers Award is given for successfully passing a comprehensive leadership test, and physical fitness and drill performance tests. The Wright Brothers were inventors and aviation pioneers.

Cadet Aaron Sperry received the Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant. The Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement is given for successfully completing Achievement 4 in the Learning Phase. Eddie Rickenbacker was a WW1 Medal of Honor recipient and successful fighter ace.

Cadet Miguel Gutierrez was promoted to Cadet Airman for completing Achievement 1 in the learning phase of the cadet program known as the Major General John Curry Achievement. This achievement is named for Major John Curry who served as Civil Air Patrol’s first National Commander.

Senior Member Hazel Cerra was promoted to First Lieutenant.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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McGuire Composite Squadron Holds Virtual Open House

posted Jun 23, 2020, 12:24 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Jun 23, 2020, 12:25 PM ]

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (June 15, 2020) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has made a challenge of recruiting new members for Civil Air Patrol.  The McGuire Composite Squadron, after braving the new normal of weekly Zoom meetings, recently hosted a successful virtual open house.

The squadron’s virtual open house event, which took place on Blues Monday this month, was among the first of its kind in Civil Air Patrol. Prospective members who tuned in using the Zoom meeting platform were given presentations from squadron cadets about Civil Air Patrol’s missions. The 18 guests included students ranging in ages from 12-16 and their parents as well as prospective senior members from municipalities around Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst.

After a welcome by squadron commander Maj Bill Petzinger, C/CMSgt Mikhalya Hamilton gave a brief history of Civil Air Patrol. This was followed by an introduction to Cadet Programs by Deputy Commander of Cadets 1 Lt Frank D’Agostino and the Cadet Commander C/1st Lt. Alanna Hendrickson. They also discussed the requirements for promotion, activities, and opportunities.

C/2nd Lt. Joseph Podesta gave an overview of Emergency Services performed by Civil Air Patrol. C/SSgt Aaron Sperry gave an overview of the organization’s Aerospace Education program including model rocketry, O-Flights and National Special Cadet Activities.

C/SSgt Christina Orthodoxou talked about squadron activities, highlighting Wreaths Across America, CyberPatriot, the annual Washington D.C. field trip as well as the importance of fundraising to keep these events affordable. The presentation concluded with a question and answer session.

“It is times like these that we realize how vital technology is in keeping us connected to our community and membership,” said Maj Petzinger. “Despite the fact that people are physically distancing themselves, we were able to host our open house using Zoom and interact with everyone in real-time.”

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

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