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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.

McGuire Squadron Wins State Award in CyberPatriot Competition

posted Feb 6, 2020, 7:14 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb. 3, 2020) –A team from the McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the 12th season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. 

Led by Coaches 2d Lt Hazel Cerra and 2d Lt Peter Toth, the McGuire Composite Squadron’s team Cisco Disco excelled in the CyberPatriot Semifinal Round held January 25, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. 

The team's performance earned it the 2nd Place Platinum Award for New Jersey in the All Service Category. The following cadets from the McGuire Composite Squadron participated in the CyberPatriot competition: C/SrA Jake Cahill, C/TSgt Christopher Cerra, C/CMSgt Jessica Hoschek, 

C/CMSgt Joseph Podesta, C/SrA Jenna Skeens and C/Capt Peter Toth Jr.


"Our Cisco Disco team has been working hard for the last 6 months, several hours a week, to achieve this award and maintain an excellent level of competition,” said 2d Lt Cerra.  “I am extremely proud of this team and their accomplishments." 

The Cisco Disco team competed against four other teams from JROTC and other Civil Air Patrol squadrons based in New Jersey and 240 teams competed nationwide. 

Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

CyberPatriot's core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.

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 Earn Achievements and Receive Promotions

posted Jan 10, 2020, 6:30 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Jan. 6, 2020) – ​Ten Civil Air Patrol cadets from the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned achievement awards and received promotions in rank.

Cadet Alanna Hendrickson completed Achievement 10 in the organization’s cadet program and was promoted to Cadet First Lieutenant. This achievement has academic, physical fitness, character and performance requirements.

Cadet Lorenzo Diventura received the Gen William "Billy" Mitchell Award and was promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant. This is a major milestone award and completes the enlisted phase of the cadet program.​ The award is given in honor of Gen Mitchell, a former Deputy Chief of the Army Air Service and military aviation visionary.

Cadets Lea Burton and Maici Mintchwarner received the Dr. Robert Goddard Achievement and each were promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. ​Dr. Goddard is widely regarded as the founder of modern rocketry.

Cadet Joseph Podesta received the Gen Jimmy Doolittle Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant. A leading figure in aviation, Gen Doolittle was a pioneering pilot, aeronautical engineer, combat leader and military strategist whose career stretched from World War I to the height of the Cold War.

Cadet Mckenzie Keedy and Aspen McCullough received the Capt Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement and both were promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant. The Rickenbacker Achievement is given for successfully Achievement Four in the learning phase in the cadet program. Capt Rickenbacker was a WWI Medal of Honor recipient and a successful fighter ace.

Cadets Jake Cahill and Gabriel Sampson received the Mary Feik Achievement and were promoted to Cadet Senior Airman. The Feik Achievement is given to cadets who successfully complete specific requirements of Achievement Three in the learning phase. Feik was a pioneer in the fields of engineering and aviation mechanics.

Cadet Charles Durr, Jr. received the Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Airman 1st Class. The Gen. Arnold Achievement ​ is given for successful completion of specific requirements of Achievement Two in the cadet program’s 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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