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McGuire Cadet Named Phase II Cadet of the Year

posted by William Petzinger   [ updated ]

MCGUIRE AFB (March 9, 2019) New Jersey Wing cadet C/CMSgt Alanna Hendrickson, a member of the McGuire Composite Squadron, has been named the Civil Air Patrol Phase II Cadet of the Year for 2018. The award was recently presented to C/CMSgt Hendrickson by NJ Wing Commander Col. Joseph Abegg, Sr at the NJ Wing’s Gala Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick.

Since joining Civil Air Patrol in 2017, C/CMSgt Hendrickson has rapidly risen through the ranks, earning numerous awards, achievements and qualifications along the way. Among the awards and achievements she earned are the Wright Bros, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement, Charles Lindberg Achievement, General Jimmy Doolittle Achievement and the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Achievement.

C/CMSgt Hendrickson is a Ground Search and Rescue Team member and has participated in numerous search and rescue training exercises.

For cadets to promote in Civil Air Patrol, they must learn Leadership, Aerospace, Character Development, Emergency Services, Drill and Ceremony, and Physical Training. And they must pass tests as well as demonstrate our core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect.

Civil Air Patrol cadets get to experience the thrill of flying through the cadet orientation flight program.  Cadets under 18 participate in five powered orientation flights with a licensed Civil Air Patrol pilot in a Cessna 182 or 172 aircraft. In this same program, cadets also have opportunities to fly in a non-powered glider aircraft with an instructor as well.

 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.


12 Squadron Cadets Attain Achievements and Promotions

posted Mar 12, 2019, 2:06 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 8:43 AM ]

C/MSgt Lorenzo Diventura
MCGUIRE AFB (March 4, 2019) – Twelve  Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned CAP achievements and received promotions in rank.

Cadets Caleb Daniels, Kendall Daniels and Alanna Hendrickson received Robert Goddard Achievements and were promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. The Goddard Achievement is given for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 7 in the Leadership Phase of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Goddard was known as "The Father of Modern Rocketry" whose research led to the patent of the first multistage rocket and many of the concepts that became standards in rocketry.

Cadet Lorenzo Diventura received the Charles Lindbergh Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant.  The Lindbergh Achievement is given for completing requirements of Achievement 5 in the Leadership Phase. Lindbergh was the first person to fly solo, non-stop, across the Atlantic Ocean, aboard the "Spirit of St. Louis." in 1927.                                                         

           

Cadet Michael Dolgin received the Col. Mary Feik Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Senior Airman. The Feik Achievement is given for completing requirements of Achievement 3 in the Learning Phase. Col. Feik was the first woman engineer in research and development in the Air Technical Service Command’s Engineering Division. 

Cadets Jonathan Bautista, Jessica Hoschek, Mckenzie Keedy and Jonathan Marshall received General H. H. "Hap" Arnold Achievement and were promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. The General Arnold Achievement is given for 

completing requirements of Achievement 2 in the Learning Phase. General Arnold is the founding father of the U.S. Air Force.

Cadets Luke Bailey, Philip Lopiccolo and Jakob Williams earned the Maj Gen John F. Curry Achievement and each received their first promotion to Cadet Airman. The Maj Curry Achievement is given for completing requirements of Achievement 2 in the Learning Phase. Maj Curry served as Civil Air Patrol's first National Commander.

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Take to the Sky at VAY Airport

posted Feb 16, 2019, 9:28 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Feb 16, 2019, 9:38 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb. 9, 2019) – Cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron recently took to the sky in their first round of orientation flights on a cold but perfect day for flying.

Pilot Rich Laurer from the Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron met all five cadets at South Jersey Regional Airport (VAY) first thing

Saturday morning. Cadets took off with Capt. Laurie in a 182 Cessna and flew to nearby airports. Each flight lasted about one hour.

Cadets under age 18 in the Civil Air Patrol are given five orientation flights in a powered plane along with five glider flights. Each flight focuses on a specific aspect of aviation, and there is a learning syllabus for each flight.

Before, during, and after the flight cadets get a hands-on approach to learning about how airplanes function, the preflight inspection and safety practices. Cadets handled the flight controls, under the pilot’s supervision, during the non-critical phases of flight (not during take-off or landing).

Cadets participating in their first orientation flight were:

C/Amn Jonathan Bautista

C/Amn Nicholas Gunderson

C/A1C Jessica Hoschek

C/Amn Rebecca Slaight

C/SSgt Jacob Irwin, participating in his third flight, practiced advanced flying techniques such as turning stalls, slow flight and climbing turns.

The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 57,000 members nationwide. The Civil Air Patrol performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

For more information on the McGuire Composite Squadron, please visit our Facebook page or attend a squadron meeting at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst.

Cadet Receives Gen Mitchell Award, Others Promoted

posted Feb 15, 2019, 4:57 PM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb. 4, 2019) – Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd Lt. Joshua Thomas was pinned with his current rank after being presented with the General Billy Mitchell Award by Group 225 Commander Maj Julio Pastoriza during a ceremony at Joint Base Dix McGuire Lakehurst.

The award, which is only presented to some 1,000 cadets nationwide each year, is earned after a cadet completes the first eight achievements of the cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass an arduous 100-question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics, as well as a rigorous physical fitness test. Established in 1964, the award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate and staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America.

Achieving this award means Thomas is now eligible for advanced placement to the grade of Airman First Class if he chooses to join the US Air Force. He also is eligible for advanced placement in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships and CAP special activity opportunities.


Maj Pastoriza and Squadron Commander Maj Bill Petzinger presided over 11 other cadet promotions during Monday's ceremony:

C/SrA Lea Burton

C/A1C Christopher Cerra

C/Amn Nicholas Gunderson

C/Amn Brad Hersey

C/A1C Jessica Hoschek

C/Amn Mckenzie Keedy

C/A1C Jonathan Marshall

C/SrA Maici Mintchwarner

C/SrA Dwayne Phelps

C/Amn Rebecca Slaight

C/Amn Aaron Sperry

 The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 57,000 members nationwide. The Civil Air Patrol performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Civil Air Patrol squadron plans open house

posted Jan 25, 2019, 8:41 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Jan 25, 2019, 9:07 AM ]


MCGUIRE AFB (Jan. 25, 2019) -- Want to learn more about opportunities in the Civil Air Patrol? The McGuire Composite Squadron is hosting an open house on Feb. 18,1830-2030, at the squadron office in Building 3412 on Neely Road.

Civil Air Patrol is a wonderful organization to be a member of if you’re interested in aviation, space, or a STEM career. During the open house, squadron members will talk to you about about Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America as well as what you’ll learn like how to fly a plane, leadership, camping, physical fitness and pushing yourself to new limits. 

Registration is required.

Civil Air Patrol Celebrates Achievements at Annual Dining Out

posted Jan 23, 2019, 11:33 AM by William Petzinger


JBMDL (Jan 12, 2019) – The McGuire Composite Squadron recently held its annual Dining Out at the Community Activities Center to recognize the accomplishments of its members. More than 70 cadet and senior members, families and friends attended the event.

The squadron’s color guard opened the evening with the presentation of the colors followed by traditional military courtesies, toasts, and recognition of those who gave their lives in service to our country through the MIA/POW missing man table. There was also some fun as the cadet commander, C/1st Lt Peter Toth Jr., led the group in the grog bowl ceremony.

Brig. Gen. William “Bill” Knight, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst was the keynote speaker. Other honored guests included: NJ Group 225 Commander Maj Julio Pastoriza and members of the Army Air Forces Historical Association®.

 AAFHA members Christopher Hartney, Albert Parisi and Wayne Placek gave a presentation about Maj Thomas B. McGuire, one of the top combat pilots in U.S. Air Force history. The Fort Dix Army Air Force Base was renamed McGuire Air Force Base in 1948 in his honor.

 Group 225 Commander, Maj Pastoriza, Squadron Commander Maj Bill Petzinger and C/1st Lt Toth led a promotion ceremony for cadets as well presented awards to cadets and senior members for their achievements and contributions to the squadron.

 Congratulations to the following cadets on their promotions:

C/SMSgt Caleb Christian Daniels

C/SMSgt Kendall Daniels

C/SMSgt Alanna Hendrickson

C/TSgt Timothy Slaight

 The following cadets were nominated for End of Year Awards:

C/A1C Maici Mintchwarner (Phase I)

C/SMSgt Alanna Hendrickson (Phase II)

C/1st Lt Peter Toth (Phase III)

 The following cadets received:

Air Force Sergeants Association Cadet NCO of the year:  C/CMSgt Joshua Thomas

VFW Cadet Officer Award: C/1st Lt Peter Toth

 VFW-NCO: C/TSgt Lorenzo Diventura

Commander's Commendation: C/1st Lt Peter Toth

 The following senior members were nominated for End of Year Awards:

2d Lt Hazel Cerra - Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year

Capt Douglas Davis - Squadron Chaplain of the Year

Maj Bill Petzinger Col (Bud) Payton PAO of the Year

2d Lt Jeffrey Polizzi Exceptional Service Award

2d Lt Laura Irwin - Exceptional Service Award

2d Lt Hazel Cerra - Senior of the Year

 The following senior members received Achievement Awards from the NJ Wing for Outstanding Service:

2d Lt Hazel Cerra

Capt Douglas Davis

2d Lt Robert Futrell

2d Lt Laura Irwin

Maj Bill Petzinger

2d Lt Jeffrey Polizzi

Capt Daniel Riordan

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 between the ages of 12-18 participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. The McGuire Composite Squadron meets every Monday evening at 3412 Neely Road.

McGuire Civil Air Patrol members participate in 'Wreaths Across America'

posted Jan 1, 2019, 1:21 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Jan 1, 2019, 2:10 PM ]




Wrightstown, NJ, (December 15, 2018)
- Cadets from the Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron honored the men and women who served in our Nation’s great military by laying wreaths on their graves BG William Doyle Memorial Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America.

On Wreaths Across America Day, people come together to lay wreathes on the graves of fallen heroes in all 50 states, at sea, and abroad. 

“Wreaths Across America is more than just a tradition or a fundraiser,” said C/CMSgt Joshua Thomas, McGuire Composite Squadron.  “It’s a time dedicated to the remembrance of our heroes who’ve fallen in the service of something greater then themselves.’’

Civil Air Patrol has helped Wreaths Across America many years by selling wreath sponsorships, coordinating locations, providing Color Guard, and thousands of volunteers

“Too many of our Nations heroes are being forgotten and it is our duty as citizens to remember their service,” said C/MSgt Caleb Daniels, McGuire Composite Squadron.  “Wreaths Across America is one of the best ways to remember them and show the respect they deserve.”

CAP’s cadet program trains the next generation of leaders by teaching aerospace engineering, cyber security, leadership skills and more. Prospective cadets between the ages of 12-18 are invited to attend a meeting to learn about the program. The McGuire Composite Squadron meets every Monday at McGuire AFB, Neely Road, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Contact Maj. Bill Petzinger, bill.petzinger@njwg.cap.gov, for information. 

Change of command for McGuire Civil Air Patrol

posted Dec 14, 2018, 1:23 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Dec 14, 2018, 1:38 PM ]


Lt Col Edward Brown Jr (left), Group 225 Commander, officiates the ceremony as 1st Lt Peter Toth (right)

passes command of the McGuire Composite Squadron over to Maj Bill Petzinger. In the background stands

C/1st Lt Peter Toth Jr, the squadron guidon bearer.


MCGUIRE AFB (Dec. 10, 2018) – The Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron had a change of command ceremony this evening to usher in its new commander.

Maj Bill Petzinger stepped up to the commander position after 1st Lt Peter Toth stepped down.

During the ceremony, Lt Col Edward Brown Jr, Group 225 Commander, served as the senior official and C/1st Lt Peter Toth Jr was the squadron guidon bearer.

With the words, “Sir, I accept command,” Maj Petzinger began his service as the 30th commander of the McGuire Composite Squadron. In relinquishing his command position, Lt Toth said, “I was honored to command such a great squadron, thank you cadets and senior members for your support.”

 "I am very honored to take on this position," Maj Petzinger said. “I want to thank Lt Toth for his service and excellent work as commander. A testament to his outstanding leadership was the squadron’s growth – an astounding 193%.”

In his opening remarks, Lt Col Brown said the Change of Command is a time honored ceremony designed to mark the occasion when the responsibility of command is passed to the incoming commander. This formal ceremony presents the new commander to the squadron while simultaneously recognizing and retiring the previous commander.

A resident of Allentown, NJ, Maj Petzinger’s specialty is public affairs. He has served as the squadron’s PAO since 2011.

The McGuire Composite Squadron welcomes new members and encourages interested individuals to attend one of its weekly meetings on Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at McGuire AFB. For more information, please send an email to bill.petzinger@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.

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

Squadron cadets receive awards and promotions

posted Oct 13, 2018, 9:10 AM by William Petzinger

Cadet McCullough and Cadet Thomas with Cadet Commander Toth after receiving their promotions.

MCGUIRE AFB (Oct . 10, 2018) - Two Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned CAP achievement awards and received promotions in rank.

Cadet Aspen McCullough received the Wright Brothers Achievement Award in recognition of her leadership skills. She earned the award upon completing “The Learning Phase,” consisting of the Cadet Program’s first three achievements. The award recognizes excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character. The Wright Brothers Award was established in 2003 during the centennial of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s historic first flight.

Cadet McCullough also passed a challenging, closed-book examination testing her leadership knowledge and proficiency in drill and ceremonies. She will begin service as a cadet non-commissioned officer.

In addition to McCullough’s promotion, Cadet Joshua Thomas received the Robert Goddard Achievement Award and was promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. The Goddard Achievement is awarded for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 7 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Goddard is known as "The Father of Modern Rocketry."  His research led to the patent of the first multistage rocket and the development of the liquid-fueled rocket, as well as many of the ideas that became standards in rocketry.

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.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/ for more information.

Squadron members receive promotions

posted Sep 16, 2018, 7:35 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Sep 16, 2018, 7:43 PM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Sept. 10, 2018) - The Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron celebrated the promotion of six cadets and two senior members during its weekly meeting at JBMDL.

The six cadets who received awards or promotions:  

C/A1C Lea Burton

C/SSgt Lorenzo Diventura

C/1stLt Nathan Jones

C/CMSgt Hayden McCullough

C/Amn Maici Mintchwarner

C/A1C Dwayne Phelps

Two senior members were also promoted:

Maj Bill Petzinger

1st Lt Pamela Jones

SM Daniel Riordan received the Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award. The award is given to Civil Air Patrol members who complete Level Two of the Senior Member Professional Development Program. It recognizes those members who have dedicated themselves to leadership and personal development in the CAP.

For a cadet to get promoted, they must learn Leadership, Aerospace, Character Development, Emergency Services, Drill and Ceremony, and Physical Training. They must pass tests as well as demonstrate our core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect.

In the cadet program, young adults get to experience flying, missions with emergency services, develop leadership skills, and so much more.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years. For more information, visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/.

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