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McGuire Civil Air Patrol cadets earn promotions

posted Feb 5, 2022, 9:24 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Jan. 03, 2022)  -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron promoted three cadets at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint-base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst.

Cadet Commander Jessica Hoscheck was promoted to Cadet First Lieutenant. She earned the 10th achievement in Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Program which is named after pilot Willa Brown, a CAP volunteer who went to a school that trained the first African-American military pilots. 

Cadets Katherine Clayton and Nicholas Mascio completed all the requirements for Achievement Five and were promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant.  

Squadron meetings occur at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

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 Civil Air Patrol members earn promotions and awards

posted Feb 5, 2022, 9:14 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Dec. 06, 2021)  -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron promoted and recognized multiple cadets for their achievements at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint-base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst.

Cadets Audrey Hersey and Juaquin Tanola completed all the requirements for the Hap Arnold Achievement and were promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. The Hap Arnold Achievement is named for Hap Arnold, commanding general of U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Cadet Daniel Clayton received the Mary Feik Achievement for 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.  

Cadets Alexander Hawkins and Nathaniel Hawkins completed the first phase of the cadet program and were promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeants. They received the Wright Brothers Award, given in honor of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the men who successfully built and flew the first powered airplane.

Cadets Jake Cahill and William Mares completed all the requirements for achievement seven and received the rank of C/SMSgt. This achievement is named after Jimmy Doolittle who led the daring airborne raid on Tokyo during WWII.

Along with these promotions, some cadets received awards and certificates:

C/Amn Ryan Jones and C/Amn Veronica Schools graduated from the fall Great Start program and were named honor cadets.

C/A1C Cassidy Kittel received her model rocketry badge which is worn on the blues uniform. 

Cadets Kittel, Gabriel Carrol, Dominick Carothers, Christopher Rayca received certificates for completing their first powered flights.

Squadron meetings occur at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

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 24, 2022, 6:39 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Jan 24, 2022) The Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron, local unit of Civil Air Patrol, will host an open house on Monday, Feb 21 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/.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/civil-air-patrol-open-house-tickets-254945778687 to register.

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 Color Guard participates in Veterans Day ceremony

posted Dec 2, 2021, 6:05 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Nov. 11, 2021)The Cadet Color Guard team from the McGuire Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol participated in Rider University’s Veterans Day ceremony in which the campus’ veterans affairs office was renamed in honor of  Dr. Eugene Marsh, a Rider University alumnus and veteran who had died last year of COVID 19.

McGuire Composite Squadron Color Guard team is comprised of Cadet Technical Sgt Jake Cahill, left rifle; Cadet Second Lieutenant Jessica Hoscheck, carried the American Flag; Cadet Master Sergeant Margaret Achanzar carried the New Jersey State Flag; Cadet Airman 1st Class Cassidy Kittel carried the New Jersey Wing flag; and Cadet Technical Sergeant Nicholas Mascio carried the right rifle. Cadet Airman 1st Class Daniel Clayton was also there as reserve. The Color Guard Commander Technical Sergeant Nicholas Freeman.

 “Thank you Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, for presenting Colors at the Rider University Veterans Day ceremony and center dedication,” said Thomas Reddington, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs, Rider University. “The professionalism, competence and bearing of your color guard was impressive. The level of care and detail to which your color guard approached our humble ceremony, and, I am sure, every ceremony, made the statement that an elite unit was in charge and executing its duties.  The precision and military manner of the color guard commanded respect and pride from all in attendance.”

The McGuire Composite Squadron meets at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

 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 Civil Air Patrol members earn promotions

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:59 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Nov. 14, 2021)  -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron promoted and recognized three cadets and one senior member for their achievements at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint-base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst.

Cadets Staff Sergeant Katherine Clayton and Nicholas Mascio both promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant, the sixth enlisted grade. The grade accompanies the Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement.

Cadet Technical Sergeant William Mares promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant which is the seventh enlisted grade. This promotion is named after Charles Lindbergh who was the first person to fly across the Atlantic solo in his plane “The Spirit of St. Louis”.

Senior member 1st Lieutenant D’Agostino was promoted to Captain in the Civil Air Patrol Senior Member promotions program.

The squadron also had a few staff changes. Cadet Master Sergeant Mares, who was previously Alpha Flight Sergeant, was given the role of Cadet First Sergeant.

“I look forward to helping all those around me,” said Cadet Mares about his new role in the squadron. “Not only has the position of First Sergeant given me an opportunity to teach, but also to learn.”

Cadet Technical Sergeant Katherine Clayton took his spot as Alpha Flight Sergeant.

Squadron meetings occur at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

For more information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit our website and Facebook pages.

 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 Cadet NCOs and Officers attend leadership academy

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:55 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Dec 2, 2021, 5:57 PM ]

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Nov. 06, 2021) – A select group of cadets in Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron attended a leadership academy instructed by several of the squadron’s senior members including U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Hill, 87th Force Support Squadron and Kish Airman Leadership School commandant.

The cadets learned valuable leadership skills which included classes on successful coaching, how to teach a class and constructive discipline. They also learned how the chain of command structure works and what the roles and responsibilities of each specific position were.

Other instructors were Maj. Todd Hamilton, Maj. Stephen Mares and Capt. Frank D’Agostino.

Participants were: Cadet 2nd Lt. Kaya Kraft, Cadet 2nd Lt. Jessica Hoscheck, Cadet Master Sgt William Mares, Cadet Master Sgt Jake Cahill, Cadet Master Sgt Allyson Kittel, Cadet Technical Sgt Katherine Clayton and Cadet Technical Sgt Nicholas Mascio.

“I think the leadership Academy was very informative,” said Cadet 2nd Lt Kraft. “Something that was very enlightening for me was MSgt Hill’s discussion about adding value to a situation and taking action. As he said, ‘It is about the leadership and not the leader.’”

The McGuire Composite Squadron meets at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

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 finishes among top 18% in AFA’s StellarXplorers competition

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:52 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Oct. 30, 2021) – A team of cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron finished among the top 18% of teams nationwide in the first round of the Air Force Association’s StellarXplorers competition.

“Space is an exciting domain full of endless possibilities, but most teenagers are not afforded the opportunities to participate due to a lack of exposure,” said 1st Lieutenant Steven King, the squadron’s StellarXplorers Team Leader. “This is why StellarXplorers is such a game-changer. It provides cadets with training and hands-on experience with engineering concepts, technological leadership, and with solving realistic space-based problems.”

Over four rounds of competition, the cadets are required to define orbits, select spacecraft components, and choose a launch vehicle to meet a set of mission requirements.

“With a goal of monitoring the migration patterns of sharks on the coast of Australia, butterflies through North America, and Salmon on the coast of northern Alaska, the team completed an academic quiz and worked for six hours straight figuring out the best orbit around the earth for a satellite to gather all the required data,” 1st Lt King said. “Ultimately the team scored within the top 18% of teams nationwide.”

 StellarXplorers is an Air Force Association program aimed at inspiring students to pursue education and careers in STEM fields using space system engineering. The annual competition is a fun, team-building competition that starts in October and ends in April, where cadets are challenged with various [space-related] scenarios.

The McGuire Composite Squadron meets at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

 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 takes 8th place in first round of CyberPatriot competition

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:50 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Oct. 24, 2021) – A team comprised of eight cadets in Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron placed 8th on Sunday in the first round of Cyber Patriot’s state competition. The team competed against other Civil Air Patrol squadrons and hundreds of middle and high schools in the state.

“McGuire’s cadets are learning a great deal about tools and techniques used for system security and network defense,” said 1st Lt Hazel Cerra, the squadron’s Cyber Patriot officer and mentor who conducts training sessions to help cadets prepare for competition. “They are developing vital skills for careers that are in high demand.”

 Throughout the competition the McGuire team fixed vulnerabilities on both Windows and Linux operating systems. Cadet Master Sergeant Jake Cahill, the team leader, worked on Cisco; Cadet Technical Sergeant Katherine Clayton worked on Linux; and Cadet Master Sergeants Allyson Kittel and William Mares and Cadet Airman First Class Cassidy Kittel interchangeably worked on both Windows 10 OS and 2019 Windows Server.

 “The key for cadets is knowing how to go into a computer operating system and shut down certain services or install a firewall or strengthen a server without disturbing the system as a whole,” said Lt Cerra.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to encourage students in careers such as cyber security and in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

 After the competition, Cadet Master Sergeant Cahill expressed appreciation for his team’s achievement.

 “The amount of knowledge required to compete in Cyber Patriot is considerable,” he said. “After taking 8th in state, I just want to say, I’m proud of all the work we did.”

 The McGuire Composite Squadron meets at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

 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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Car Wash raises money for McGuire Civil Air Patrol

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:44 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Oct. 23, 2021) -- Cadets and senior members in the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol recently held a car wash fundraised that raised nearly $2,000 for the squadron. Twenty squadron members, which included active duty members of the United States Armed Forces, washed approximately 300 vehicles at the Jacobstown Volunteer Fire Company, North Hanover, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cadets and senior members sold advance tickets while two cadets held signs on day of the event to attract additional customers. Each driver received a hot dog, bag of chips and a soda which was included in their $5 donations. As cars departed the washing area for the drying station they were met by squadron recruiters who handed out information and answered questions about the Civil Air Patrol’s missions and cadet program.

“The Car wash was an exciting way for our cadets to perform public affairs duties while raising money for our squadron,” said Cadet Staff Sergeant Mares who was in the ABU uniform at the event representing Civil Air Patrol Emergency Services.

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Allyson Kittel thought squadron members displayed excellent teamwork.

“I really enjoyed helping out,” said Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Kittel. “I got to know my fellow cadets better while knowing my actions were benefiting our squadron.”

Squadron meetings occur at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

For more information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit our website and Facebook pages.

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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Cadets soar over Farmers Pride Airport in Fredericksburg, Pa

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:40 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Oct. 17, 2021)Twelve cadets had the opportunity to fly in a glider plane. While one cadet was flying, other cadets were given the position of wing runner and mirror. The three cadets who would be aging out of the program soon, had the opportunity to fly twice.

Every cadet in Civil Air Patrol’s New Jersey Wing is eligible for five glider flights before they turn age 18 through the Northeast Region's Glider Orientation Flight Program. These free orientation flights are intended to share the thrill of flying with cadets as young as 12. Cadets are also eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft (usually a single-engine Cessna). Cadets also enjoyed social time and got to know their fellow cadets.

“It was such an amazing opportunity and experience to pursue my goal and make friends through CAP,” said Cadet Abigail Berkeyheiser, who was on her first glider flight trip.

The McGuire Composite Squadron meets at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

 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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