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Two McGuire Composite Squadron Cadets Accept USCGA Appointments

posted Mar 31, 2021, 9:20 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (March 22, 2021) -- Two cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron have accepted appointments to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy. C/2d Lt Maici Mintchwarner and C/CMSgt Christina Orthodoxou, both seniors at Allentown High School (NJ), will be sworn in as members of the Class of 2025 on June 28.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy recognized C/2d Lt Mintchwarner and C/CMSgt Orthodoxou for superior academic achievement and leadership potential as Civil Air Patrol cadets. They will be playing lacrosse for the Coast Guard Academy.

The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut is an accredited college, educating future Coast Guard officers. Admission to the Coast Guard Academy is highly competitive and fewer than 400 appointments are offered annually from a pool of over 2,000 applicants.

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 and Members Receive Awards at NJ Wing Conference

posted Mar 14, 2021, 8:15 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Mar 14, 2021, 8:39 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (March 13, 2021) – Members of the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol gathered online today for New Jersey Wing’s annual conference and awards program. Nine squadron members were among the cadets and senior members who received awards which were presented by NJ Wing Commander Col Joseph Abegg.

"Last year has been nothing short of disappointment,” said Maj. Bill Petzinger, Squadron Commander. “However, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the McGuire Composite had many accomplishments. Our training and operations were modified to the point where most of it was conducted virtually in order to safely support cadet programs and members’ needs.”

The McGuire Composite Squadron was among the 14 squadrons in NJ that qualified and won the Quality Cadet Unit Award for 2020. The squadron has won this award for the third consecutive year.

“Our squadron earned and deserves the QCUA,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, Squadron Commander. “During the pandemic, our squadron’s cadets maintained a high-level of performance and worked hard. Not easy to do in a virtual environment.”

The criteria for the award includes the following:

  • Cadets earning their first promotion within eight weeks
  • Study and test for a General Emergency Services qualification
  • Have three adult members train in Cadet Programs
  • Study Aerospace Education and complete projects
  • Complete a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) kit
  • Have a percentage of cadets earn their fourth stripe in promotions.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one area of measurement was waived: The number of cadets attending basic encampment, or participating in orientation flights.

The following members of the McGuire Composite Squadron received NJ Wing “Of the Year” awards:

1st Lt Frank D’Agostino, Deputy Commander for Cadets, received the John V. “Jack” Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year Award. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 1st Lt D’Agostino worked to ensure that the cadets received quality aerospace, character development, leadership, and emergency services training and had the opportunity to participate in fun and educational events.

1st Lt Hazel Cerra, Aerospace Officer, received the MG Jeanne M. Holm Aerospace Officer of the Year Award. She worked to ensure that the cadets received quality aerospace education and managed the ZOOM virtual meeting platform which enabled the squadron to continue its normal meeting schedule without missing a single meeting due to the pandemic. She implemented a program which allowed 24 McGuire Squadron cadets to earn their Rocketry Badges. As the Cyber Coach, 1st Lt Cerra recruited, trained and coached a new CyberPatriot team.

1st Lt James Keedy, Safety Officer, received the Safety Officer of the Year Award. He planned and delivered regularly scheduled safety briefings via a virtual platform, keeping pace with COVID, weather, and social unrest issues, enabling unit members to better care for themselves and their families. When NJ Wing entered Phase I reintegration, he personally served as the on-site safety officer for the squadron rocketry and night land navigation events. He conducted deliberate Operational Risk Management to ensure the safety of all participants, which included social distancing, proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), field hazards rocket use and recovery.

Chaplain (Capt) Douglas Davis, Squadron Chaplain, received the Squadron Chaplain of the Year Award. Chaplain Davis stayed engaged with unit members and their families by delivering spiritual guidance to help ease stresses caused by the pandemic and forced isolation. He planned and delivered 11 Character Development and resilience classes to more than 245 senior and cadet members via the virtual platform, keeping pace with COVID, weather, stress, isolation, and social unrest issues. He supported three Great Start cohorts by teaching three separate Wingman classes. Additionally, Chaplain Davis facilitated the first senior member Character Development class in accordance with CAPP 80-3, and led the squadron through its annual Wingman Support/Suicide Awareness class, presenting to 53 unit members.

C/SMSgt Margaret Achanzar received NJ Wing’s Cadet of the Year (Phase II) for filling the support role of Public Affairs NCO. She was also Great Start Flight Sergeant due to her excellent performance and professional demeanor. In addition, she has volunteered for the squadron’s color guard and participated in drill and rocketry activities, earning her rocketry badge.

C/2d Lt Lieutenant Jessica Hoschek received Civil Air Patrol’s Billy Mitchell Award. The Mitchell Award marks completion of Phase II of the CAP cadet program, recognizing sustained excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character. Further, Mitchell cadets must have passed comprehensive examinations on leadership and aerospace topics and have completed a week long encampment immersing them in a challenging Core Values and Stem environment.

C/CMSgt Mikhayla Hamilton received a Commander’s Commendation for outstanding duty performance as the squadron’s Great Start Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. She planned and executed the squadron’s semi-annual open house and managed the cadet orientation program. She certified all presenters in the program and kept newly joined cadets active and participating through virtual means. She successfully prepared new cadets for their flights following graduation.

C/2d Lt Maici Mintchwarner and C/SMSgt Christina Orthodoxou received Achievement Awards as members of NJ Wing’s Honor Guard. They stood vigil during the viewing of Civil Air Patrol War Time Hero Andrew Liput, Sr. Liput was awarded both the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the U.S. Department of Defense Air Medal. 

“Your professionalism and grace during this time of remembrance was exceptional,” Col. Abegg said of Cadets Mintchwarner and Orthodoxou. “You made us proud!”


Cadets Mintchwarner and Orthodoxou also assisted Col. Abegg during the awards ceremony.

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 Petzinger.

McGuire Squadron Members Receive Promotions and Awards

posted Feb 26, 2021, 2:18 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Feb. 1, 2021) -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron recently promoted four cadets during the squadron’s promotion night for their achievements.

Cadet Jessica Hoschek successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program and was promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant. She 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.

Cadet Kaya Kraft received the Dr. Robert Goddard Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. Known as the father of modern rocketry, Dr. Goddard’s research led to the patent of the first multi-stage rocket and the development of the liquid-fueled rocket.

Cadet Margaret Achanzar was promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant for successfully completing Achievement 6 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. She received the General Jimmy Doolittle Award, named in honor of Jimmy Doolittle who led the daring airborne raid on Tokyo during WWII.

 Cadet Nicholas Keedy received the Mary Feik Achievement for successfully completing Achievement 3 in Phase I of the cadet program. He was promoted to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman. The award was named in honor of Mary Feik, a Civil Air Patrol colonel and an American aviation engineer, mechanic, pilot, instructor, and aircraft restorer.  

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.

Cadets Make Virtual Trek to Capitol Hill for Legislative Day

posted Feb 24, 2021, 1:06 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Feb. 24, 2021) C/SMSgt Christina Orthodoxou and C/CMSgt Mckenzie Keedy from Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron were among 18 NJ Wing cadets who virtually 

visited the offices of the state’s federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C. today as part of the organization’s annual Legislative Day.

Each year cadets and senior members from Civil Air Patrol travel to Capitol Hill to meet with their elected representatives to discuss missions performed by Civil Air Patrol in each state. The day involves meeting with members of the State Assembly and the State Senate and telling them the CAP story. This year marks the first time cadets met with their legislators using the Zoom platform.

C/SMSgt Orthodoxou talked to RepAndy Kim (D-NJ-3) about Civil Air Patrol operations, COVID-19 missions, past-year accomplishments and organizational funding requirements. In addition to RepKim, cadets met with Rep. Josh Gottheimer [D-NJ-5] and legislative assistants for Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Chris Smith, (R, NJ-4).

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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Civil Air Patrol to host virtual open house

posted Jan 25, 2021, 12:35 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Jan. 25, 2021) The Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron, local unit of Civil Air Patrol, will host an open house on Monday, Feb 15 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The McGuire Composite Squadron offers a youth program for students ages 12-18 who are interested in flying, aerospace, STEM, emergency services and leadership.

The squadron also offers membership for adults interested in volunteer emergency services and teachers interested in bringing aerospace and STEM education to their classrooms.

“This open house is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Civil Air Patrol while maintaining social distancing,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, Squadron Commander. “Our members will share information as well as talk about their CAP experiences – what they do and what they get out of being in Civil Air Patrol.”

For more information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit our website: http://mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/.  To register for the open house, go to http://bit.ly/39Zmj33 .

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 Cadets Earn Promotions and Rocketry Badges

posted Jan 25, 2021, 12:02 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Jan 25, 2021, 12:08 PM ]

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Dec 9, 2020) Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron recently promoted three cadets during the squadron’s promotion night for their achievements. In addition, 21 squadron cadets have completed the requirements for Civil Air Patrol’s rocketry program and received their rocketry badges.

Cadet Lorenzo DiVentura successfully completed the third phase of the cadet program and was promoted to Cadet Captain. He was awarded Civil Air Patrol’s prestigious Earhart Award, given in honor of Amelia Earhart, a record-setting aviator and one of the first female heroes of aviation. The award recognizes sustained excellence in leadership, aerospace, fitness and character.

Cadets Kaya Kraft and Christina Orthodoxou were both promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant for successfully completing Achievement 6 in Phase II of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Both cadets received the General Jimmy Doolittle Award, named in honor of Jimmy Doolittle who led the daring airborne raid on Tokyo during WWII.

Twenty-one squadron cadets completed all tasks and requirements for Civil Air Patrol’s Model Rocketry Badge. The following cadets are now authorized to war the badge or rocketry patch on their uniforms: C/MSgt Margaret Achanzar; C/SSgt Jake Cahill; C/Lt Col Kieran Callaghan; C/MSgt Christopher Cerra; C/Capt Diventura; C/SSgt Charles Durr; C/2d Lt Mikhayla Hamilton; C/CMsgt Jessica Hoschek; C/CMSgt Mckenzie Keedy; C/SrA Nicholas Keedy; C/A1C Alexander King; C/Amn Isaac King; C/SMSgt Kraft; C/Amn Alexander Kuurynow; C/SSgt William Mares; C/2d Lt Maici Mintchwarner; C/SMSgt Orthodoxou; C/Capt Joseph Podesta; C/TSgt Aaron Sperry; C/Amn Alicia Sperry; C/2d Lt Joshua Thomas.

The Civil Air Patrol rocketry program is an aerospace educational activity that includes rocket history, rocket science, and the safe building, launching, and recovery of model rockets in three stages. Cadets progress through each stage through written exams and various hands-on activities.

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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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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