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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/.

Cadets Spend an Evening with the Stars

posted Aug 31, 2018, 7:44 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 8:21 AM ]

A dozen Civil Air Patrol cadets from the McGuire Composite Squadron recently visited the Simpson Observatory in Washington Crossing Park for a night of stargazing.

Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton showed cadets galaxies, planets, the moon and other phenomena through research-grade Celestron 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and an historic Hasting-Byrne refractor scope.

 AAAP members talked with cadets about space and did some pointing and star-hopping to teach cadets how to find their way around the night sky.

McGuire Composite Squadron to Host Open House

posted Aug 31, 2018, 7:41 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Sept. 1, 2018) - The McGuire Composite Squadron, local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house on Oct. 15 at the squadron office in Building 3412. Advance registration is required. For more information please contact Maj Bill Petzinger.

According to 1Lt Peter Toth, squadron commander, students between the ages 12-18 and their parents are welcome to attend and learn more about CAP.

“Civil Air Patrol offers a unique opportunity to help our youth prepare for their futures while making new friends,” said Lt. Toth. “They will learn to fly, lead, hike, camp, get in shape and push themselves to new limits. CAP is a wonderful organization to be a member of if you’re interested in aviation, space, or a STEM career.”

Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron will greet visitors and explain CAP’s missions for America. The open house is part of CAP’s outreach effort to create a greater awareness of CAP’s presence and contributions in the community.

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/.

McGuire Composite Squadron Cadets Fly Gliders

posted Jul 23, 2018, 5:41 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Jul 23, 2018, 5:49 PM ]

Cadets from the McGuire Composite Squadron recently took to the skies over Solberg Airport on their first flights in the Northeast Region’s Glider Orientation Program. These flights are provided as part of the CAP’s cadet program. The program aims to give as many cadets as possible the opportunity to experience soaring through orientation flights and glider flight training


McGuire Composite Squadron Cadets Excel at NJ Wing Encampment

posted Jul 23, 2018, 5:06 PM by William Petzinger


Cadets from the McGuire Composite Squadron were among the more than 200 cadets who graduated from the Civil Air Patrol's NJ Wing Encampment. C/SSgt Alanna Hendrickson from McGuire Composite Squadron received Honor Cadet of the 2018 encampment.

 During the week-long encampment, cadets attended classes covering topics such as military air power, core values, and a drug-free lifestyle.  Cadets participated in physical fitness and drill and ceremonies activities daily.  Orientation flights in CAP aircraft allowed cadets to experience flying firsthand. Throughout all activities, the values of discipline, teamwork, personal responsibility, sportsmanship, confidence, and respect were taught and encouraged.

C/1st Lt Peter Toth Graduates from NCSA

posted Jul 23, 2018, 4:42 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Jul 23, 2018, 5:07 PM ]

McGuire Composite Squadron’s C/1st Lt Peter Toth graduated from Cyber Defense Training Academy in Maryland. During the training, Toth and the other cadets received daily briefings from various USAF Cyber Operations Units from all over the world. They also received basic and advanced training in cyber security concepts to help them hone their skills for the upcoming CyberPatriot and other cyber defense competition year. Toth received the top performer award the Cyber Defense Competition. 

McGuire Composite Squadron Participates in Trenton Thunder Game

posted Feb 1, 2017, 6:06 AM by Peter Toth   [ updated Jul 23, 2018, 5:24 PM by William Petzinger ]

The McGuire Composite Squadron participated in opening ceremonies at a recent sold out game between the Trenton Thunder and the Erie Sea Wolves at Arm & Hammer Park.

Squadron Commander Lt. Peter Toth was among the honored guests throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. The squadron’s color guard walked on to the field and presented colors for the National Anthem.

But the highlight of the evening came during the game’s 7th inning stretch with a tribute to the U.S. service men and women.

The Trenton Thunder recognized U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Freeman, crew chief, assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Freeman is also one of our squadron’s senior members.



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