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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/.

McGuire Squadron Members Earn Promotions and Awards During Virtual Meeting

posted Apr 16, 2020, 6:23 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Apr 16, 2020, 6:46 PM ]

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (April 6, 2020) – Seven Civil Air Patrol cadets and three senior members in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned CAP achievements and received promotions in rank in a virtual ceremony held over Zoom.

Cadet Joseph Podesta 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.

Cadet McKenzie Keedy was 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. 

For successfully completing Phase I of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, Cadet Jake Cahill was promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeant and received the Wright Brothers Award. The award is named in honor of the Wright Brothers who were inventors known as aviation pioneers and achieving the first powered flight.

Cadets Charles Durr and William Mares received the Mary Feik Achievement for successfully completing Achievement 3 in Phase I of the cadet program. They both were 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.  

Durr

Cadets Margaret Achanzar and Kaya Kraft were promoted to Cadet Airman First Class for successfully completing Achievement 2 in Phase I of the cadet program. They received the Gen. Arnold Achievement Award which was named after General "Hap" Arnold, first U.S. Air Force Commander.

The following senior members were promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant: George Cahill, Philip Hendrickson and Steven King.

Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron meet on Monday's from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at JBMDL, 3412 Neely Road, Wrightstown, N.J. 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.

McGuire Squadron Promotes Cadets And Recognizes Members During March 'Blues' Meeting

posted Mar 31, 2020, 6:08 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (March 2, 2020) – Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron earned promotions in rank and received achievement awards at the squadron’s first meeting of the month.

Cadets Kaya Kraft and Luis Reyes received the Gen. Arnold Achievement and were promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. Cadets receive the Gen. Arnold Achievement for successfully completing Achievement 2 in the learning phase of Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program. Gen. Arnold was the founding father of the U.S. Air Force.

Cadet Mikhayla Hamilton 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.

Group 225 Commander Maj Julio Pastoriza presented C/MSgt Jessica Hoschek with her Basic Cadet Cyber Badge and Achievement Award for completing classwork and participating in the Cyber Patriot Competition. Maj Pastoriza also presented 2d Lt. James Hoschek with a Civil Air Patrol Achievement Award for serving as part of the winning aircrew in Group 225’s SARCOM exercise in 2019.

Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron meet on Monday's from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at JBMDL, 3412 Neely Road, Wrightstown, N.J. 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.

McGuire Squadron Names New DCC

posted Mar 29, 2020, 11:24 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (March 29, 2020) – The Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has named 1st Lt Frank D’Agostino to the position of Deputy Commander of Cadets this week. He replaces Capt Daniel Riordan who is separating from the United States Air Force in May 2020 and plans to relocate to St. Louis.

“Capt Riordan was a very effective Deputy Commander of Cadets for the McGuire Composite Squadron these last two years,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, Squadron Commander. “Under his leadership and direction our cadets accomplished many feats culminating in the squadron receiving the 2018 Squadron of Merit and Quality Cadet Unit Awards.”

Capt Riordan was also a former Civil Air Patrol cadet and achieved the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, the organization’s top cadet honor. Less than one-half of 1% of cadets achieve it.

Lt D’Agostino joined the McGuire Composite Squadron in 2019 and held various duty positions in Operations and Cadet Programs. He was also a cadet in the McGuire Composite Squadron in the 1990s.

"My goal is to provide every cadet with the opportunity to become great through leadership training, aerospace and STEM education, character development, hard work and a whole lot of fun," Lt D’Agostino said. “Our cadets and senior members also actively train for emergency services and disaster relief missions.”

Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron meet on Monday's from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at JBMDL, 3412 Neely Road, Wrightstown, N.J. 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.

McGuire Squadron Cadet Participates in Legislative Day

posted Mar 2, 2020, 10:21 AM by William Petzinger

(WASHINGTON, DC – FEB. 27, 2020) – A 17-year-old cadet from the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron was one of more than 500 Civil Air Patrol cadets nationwide who traveled to Washington D.C. for Legislative Day. 

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Jessica Hoschek, of Yardville, and 22 other cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s New Jersey Wing visited Capitol Hill to share with members of Congress some of the organization’s outstanding accomplishments in the past year and thank them for their continued support.

C/CMSgt Hoschek, a student at Mercer County Technical Schools STEM Academy, had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and U.S. Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (NJ-2). She shared with them information about the organization’s missions and activities both on local and national levels.

C/CMSgt Hoschek talked about NJ Wing’s successful missions of aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. Last year, the wing hosted more than 50 external aerospace events and supported the Air National Guard and US Coast Guard’s practice intercept missions. The wing also expanded relationships with the National Guard and other state agencies to assist with search and rescue, disaster relief and homeland security missions.

C/CMSgt Hoschek also spoke of her personal aspirations, her pilot and glider training and the education she has received from her membership in Civil Air Patrol.

“When I met with Congressman Gottheimer and Congressman Van Drew, they were more interested in hearing about my experiences with Civil Air Patrol and CyberPatriot,” she said.

C/CMSgt Hoschek also met with a staff member from U.S. Rep. Chris Smith’s (NJ-4) office, and handed her a National Legislative Day information packet which contains a summary of NJ Wing’s activities over the past year.

The cadet also presented the staff member with a challenge coin representing the McGuire Composite Squadron, which was named in honor of WWII flying ace Maj Thomas B. McGuire.

“Being part of Civil Air Patrol’s Legislative Day has made me realize just how much work goes into keeping Civil Air Patrol operating,” said C/CMSgt Hoschek. “I also recognize that I have made many good friends and connections with other cadets from my wing and around the country that I feel will last for all my life.”

As the U.S. Air Force auxiliary performing missions for federal government agencies and a nonprofit helping states and communities, Civil Air Patrol is an organization of “national interest” to Congress.

In 2019, CAP saved 117 lives and flew more than 95,000 hours on a wide range of Air Force-assigned missions, including emergency response and disaster relief, homeland defense and homeland security, support for state and local programs and youth orientation flights.

In addition, Civil Air Patrol helped 600,000 cadets and K-12 students learn more about aerospace and STEM careers. Eighty percent of those young people have expressed greater interest in seeking STEM careers because of CAP’s efforts.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 58,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol, please visit gocivilairpatrol.com.

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McGuire Squadron cadets and senior members get Stop the Bleed training

posted Feb 19, 2020, 6:56 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Feb 19, 2020, 6:57 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb.17, 2020) -- McGuire Composite Squadron cadets and senior members are now trained to stop bleeding in an emergency situation after attending Cooper University Hospital’s Stop the Bleed: Bleeding-Control Training course. The course was part of the squadron’s Annual Safety Day program.

Eight EMS Outreach coordinators from Cooper University Health Care trained squadron members on recognizing life-threatening bleeding, how to intervene effectively, and how to control serious bleeding by applying a tourniquet and packing a wound.

Cadets and senior members were taught the ABCs of bleeding control which are Alert, Bleed and Control. The first step is always to Alert -- call for help, usually a 911 call. The second step is Bleed -- locate the source and determine severity. The third step is Control -- what the best steps are to stop the bleeding based on severity and location.

The instructors illustrated the importance of bleeding control using national averages for medical response time and survival time without treatment. On average, it takes an ambulance 8-10 minutes to get to an accident scene, while it only takes on average 3-5 minutes for a person to bleed out from a major injury.

The instructors emphasized to cadets and seniors that their goal is to stop the bleeding so the injured person is still alive when medical personnel arrive.

 Civil Air Patrol requires each squadron to host an annual Safety Day to give its members an opportunity to focus their thoughts on the use of risk management to prevent injury, protect resources and ensure the highest level of safety in all missions and 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 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. 

Cadets in McGuire Squadron Earn Achievements and Promotions

posted Feb 16, 2020, 8:24 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Feb 17, 2020, 6:55 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (February 3, 2020) - Six Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned CAP achievements and received promotions in rank.

Cadets Jessica Hoschek and Joseph Podesta received the Dr. Robert Goddard Achievement and were promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. Dr. Goddard is called "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.

Cadet Christopher Cerra received the Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant. The Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement is given for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 4 in the Learning Phase. Eddie Rickenbacker was a WW1 Medal of Honor recipient, as well as he is known as the most successful fighter ace of the war.

Cadets Philip Lopiccolo, Christina Orthodoxou and Aaron Sperry received the Wright Brothers Award and were promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeants. The Wright Brothers Award is given for successfully completing the specific requirements of passing a comprehensive test on Leadership covering the material learned over the first three achievements of the program, along with a Cadet Physical Fitness and Drill Performance Test, as well as a commitment of at least eight months of active membership in Civil Air Patrol. The Wright Brothers are pioneers of aviation for inventing, building, achieving the first powered flight and developing the first practical aircraft.

Cadet Michael Dy-Tioco received the Gen. Arnold Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. The Gen. Arnold Achievement is given for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 2 in the learning phase. Gen. Arnold was the founding father of the U.S. Air Force.

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 Holds Dining Out & Awards Banquet

posted Feb 6, 2020, 4:23 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Feb 6, 2020, 4:25 PM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb. 4, 2020) -- Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron recently held its Annual Dining Out & Awards Banquet at Tommy B’s Community Activities Center to recognize the accomplishments and achievements of cadets and senior members. The event was attended by more than 80 cadets, senior cadets, commanders and family members. 

“Last year was a very successful year for the McGuire Composite Squadron and we have much to be proud of,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, squadron commander. “We earned the New Jersey Squadron of Merit and the Quality Cadet Unit awards.” 

The keynote speaker at the event was Col. Jacqueline D. Breeden, Commander of the 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. 

During her presentation, she talked about her numerous leadership positions and experiences in the United States Air Force and challenged the cadets to continue on the path to success they have chosen by becoming Civil Air Patrol cadets. 

The evening’s special guest was Col Charles Durr, Commander of the U.S. Army Support Activity at JBMDL. 

Attending the squadron’s dining out and awards banquet were Commander Col. Joseph Abegg, NJ Wing; Group 225 Commander Maj Julio Pastoriza; and Group 221 Commander Harvey Gonzalez.

Other guests included 2d Lt Karen Callaghan, commander of the Allentown Composite Squadron and Cadets 2d Lt Caleb Daniels, 2d Lt Kendall Daniels and 2d Lt Joshua Thomas. Formerly with the McGuire Composite Squadron, these cadets are now members of Civil Air Patrol squadrons at Andrews AFB and Scott AFB.


Maj Julio Pastoriza presented the following McGuire Composite Squadron members with CAP 

Certificates of Appreciation:

C/SMSgt Mikhayla Hamilton

C/SSgt Aaron Sperry

Capt Douglas Davis

SSgt Nicholas Freeman

2d Lt Joseph Podesta

SM Philip Hendrickson


Col Breeden and Col Abegg presented awards and CAP certificates of achievement to cadets and senior members.

The Wright Brothers Award

C/SSgt Philip Lopiccolo

C/SSgt Aaron Sperry

General Billy Mitchell Award

C/2dLt Lorenzo Diventura


Air Force Association Award

for Outstanding Cadet

C/CMSgt Maici Mintchwarner


Air Force Sergeants Association Award

for Outstanding Cadet of the Year

C/2dLt Lorenzo Diventura


Air Force Sergeants Association Award

for Outstanding Noncommissioned Cadet Officer of the Year

C/TSgt Mckenzie Keedy-


Veteran of Foreign Wars Award

for Outstanding Noncommissioned Cadet Officer of the Year

C/CMSgt Joseph Podesta


Veteran of Foreign Wars Award

for Outstanding Commissioned Cadet Officer of the Year

C/1stLt Alanna Hendrickson –


Achievement Awards (Cadets)

CyberPatriot Team: 2d Lt Hazel Cerra, C/SrA Jake Cahill, C/TSgt Christopher Cerra, C/CMSgt Jessica Hoschek, C/CMSgt Joseph Podesta, and C/Capt Peter Toth Jr.

Model Rocketry Team: C/TSgt Christopher Cerra, C/CMSgt Jessica Hoschek, C/TSgt Mckenzie Keedy and C/Amn Matthew Nolan

Squadron Cadet of the Year Awards

C/SrA Jake Cahill - COY Phase I  

C/CMSgt Jessica HoschekCOY Phase II

C/1stLt Alanna Hendrickson – COY Phase III

C/Capt Peter Toth Jr.- COY Phase IV


Senior Member Awards

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

2d Lt Olga Durr - Activities Officer of the Year

2d Lt James Hoschek– IT Officer of the Year

2d Lt Joy Hoschek– Administrative Officer of the Year

2d Lt James Keedy- Safety Officer of the Year 

2d Lt Jeffrey J Polizzi– Transportation & Logistics Officer of the Year

Capt Daniel Riordan– Cadet Programs Officer of the Year

1st Lt Peter Toth– Advisor

“We never say thank you enough to those that serve both inside and outside our squadron,” said Maj Petzinger. This event gives us the chance to show our appreciation for all of your contributions to 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 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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