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Two McGuire Cadets Receive ‘Zoom’ Promotions

posted 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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McGuire Squadron Members Earn Promotions and Awards

posted Jun 23, 2020, 8:19 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (June 1, 2020) -- Ten cadets and one senior member from the McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol were recently promoted and received achievement awards including a cadet who earned the prestigious Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell Award.

C/2d Lt Maici Mintchwarmer received the Brig. Gen. Mitchell Award which honors an aviation pioneer who was a staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America. Cadets receiving this award are promoted to the grade of cadet second lieutenant.

The Gen Billy Mitchell Award is the second milestone of the cadet program. The cadet earns this award after completing the first eight achievements of the cadet program, passing a physical fitness test and an arduous 100 question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics. Since its inception more than 40 years ago, more than 40,000 cadets have earned this honor.

Cadets who receive the Mitchell Award are also eligible for advanced placement to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class) should they choose to enter the US Air Force. They are also eligible for various CAP scholarships and CAP special activity opportunities.

C/SMSgt Mckenzie Keedy received the Gen. Jimmy Doolittle Achievement. The Doolittle Achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 6 in Phase II of the cadet program. Gen Doolittle was a leading figure in aviation and one of the first individuals to earn a doctorate in aeronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His many accomplishments include his winning nearly every notable aviation trophy and being the first airman to fly "blind," using instruments alone. 

C/SSgt William Mares received the Wright Brothers Award and Ribbon after completing Phase I of the Cadet Program. It is at this level where cadets begin to exercise the leadership education they've been given, as they become eligible for staff positions within the unit with increased responsibility and authority.

Seven cadets were also promoted: C/MSgt Christopher Cerra, Achievement 5; C/TSgt Christina Orthodoxou, Achievement 4; C/SrA Margaret Achanzar and C/SrA Kaya Kraft, Achievement 3; and C/Amn Savannah Durr, C/Amn Audrey Hersey and C/Amn Nicholas Keedy, Achievement 1.

Senior Member Jesse DyTioco was promoted to second lieutenant.

Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron meet on Monday's from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For squadron information please email 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.

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McGuire Squadron plans virtual open house

posted May 18, 2020, 10:12 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST (May 18, 2020) – Learn about everything the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron, a local unit of Civil Air Patrol, has to offer! Attend a virtual open house on 1 June 2020, 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required: https://mcguirevirtualopenhouse.eventbrite.com .

The online event is designed for students, ages 12-18, and adults who are interested in learning about Civil Air Patrol’s unique missions for America which include Aerospace, Emergency Services and Cadet Programs.

During the open house prospective members will hear first-hand about:

  • Our 16-step cadet program that includes aviation and aerospace activities, leadership and teamwork experiences
  • Cyber education and cybersecurity as well as other science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
  • Flying planes and gliders
  • Earning rank and awards
  • Participating in color guard
  • Launching rockets
  • Encampment and more

For more information about the open house, Civil Air Patrol or the McGuire Composite Squadron, please contact Maj Petzinger at bill.petzinger@njwg.cap.gov.

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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