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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.

Civil Air Patrol squadron schedules open house

posted Jan 6, 2020, 9:03 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST (Jan. 6, 2020) - The McGuire Composite Squadron, a local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, will host an open house on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m., at the squadron office in Building 3412. Advance registration is required https://mcguirecapopenhouse.eventbrite.com .

Interested parents, students between the ages 12-18, teachers and pilots are invited to attend to learn about CAP's unique missions for America, including Aerospace, Emergency Services, and Cadet Programs. CAP is the all-civilian, all-volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

“Civil Air Patrol offers teenagers unique learning opportunities ranging from cyber security to STEM -- all while making new friends,” said Maj Bill Petzinger. “They will learn to fly, lead, hike, camp, get in shape and push themselves to new limits.”

During the open house visitors will be greeted by CAP members who will give brief presentations about CAP’s missions, conduct demonstrations and explain the squadron’s contributions to the local community.

For questions about the open house, Civil Air Patrol or the McGuire Composite Squadron, please contact 1Lt Peter Toth at peter.toth@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.

Squadron Members Earn Achievements and Receive Promotions

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:32 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 6:37 PM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Dec. 4, 2019) – Nine members of the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned Civil Air Patrol achievements or promotions in rank during the squadron’s weekly meeting. 

Cadet Michael Dolgan earned his Wright Brothers Award and was promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeant. The Wright Brothers Award is earned by Civil Air Patrol cadets who have successfully completed the first phase of the cadet program. The award is given in honor of the Wright Brothers, who are credited with the first controlled, sustained, powered, heavier-than-air flight.

C/SMSgt Jessica Hoschek earned the Gen. Doolittle Achievement for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 6 in the Learning Phase of the Cadet Program. The award is named after Jimmy Doolittle, a pioneer in field of aeronautical engineering and leader of the World War II air raid on Tokyo.

C/TSgt Joseph Podesta earned the Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement for successful completion of the 4th achievement in the Leadership Phase of the Cadet Program. The achievement is named after Edward Rickenbacker, an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient

Cadets Christina Orthodoxou and Aaron Sperry earned the Mary Feik Achievement for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 3 in Phase One of the cadet program. They were promoted to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman. Achievement 3 is named after Mary Feik, a pioneer in the fields of aviation mechanics and engineering, and proud CAP member.

The following cadets completed the Great Start Program and earned the rank of Cadet Airman: Kaya Kraft, Richard Serrano and Jorge Serrano.

Senior member Olga Durr was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant for completing Civil Air Patrol’s level one requirements and six months as a senior member.

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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Civil Air Patrol Sunday scheduled

posted Nov 21, 2019, 5:23 PM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Nov. 20, 2019) — If you attend religious services on Sunday, Dec. 1, you may notice some members of the congregation in uniform. These individuals are part of Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron. They are observing the anniversary of Civil Air Patrol, which was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, just before the beginning of American involvement in World War II.

Each year, Civil Air Patrol observes its anniversary during the first week of December. The McGuire Composite Squadron is one of 1,400 units around the country that perform emergency services missions, including disaster relief, search and rescue, humanitarian and national security activities. The organization also serves the community through aerospace education and youth leadership training. Membership in Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program is open to youth aged 12 to 20, while senior membership is open to adults 21 and older.

Civil Air Patrol Sunday is intended to emphasize the organization’s moral leadership training and is one of several events planned to commemorate its anniversary. Many clergymen across the nation are members of Civil Air Patrol, serving as chaplains in the organization. Capt Douglas Davis, the McGuire Composite Squadron chaplain, will give a talk about what Civil Air Patrol represents at the Bible Baptist Church in New Egypt.

"We at the McGuire Composite Squadron are proud to carry on the traditions and missions of the Civil Air Patrol," said Chaplain Davis. "I am especially proud of our members who train and work so hard not just on our cadet program, but on providing emergency services."

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, Civil Air Patrol 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. Civil Air Patrol’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, Civil Air Patrol plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in Civil Air Patrol’s Cadet Programs.

Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.Civil Air Patrol.news for more information. To arrange a tour of the McGuire Composite Squadron, please call (609) 306-0966.

 

McGuire Squadron Cadets Receive Promotions and Aerospace Education Awards

posted Nov 12, 2019, 11:28 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Nov. 4, 2019) – Five cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned Civil Air Patrol achievements and received promotions in rank. 

Cadet Maici Minchwarner received the Gen. Jimmy Doolittle Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Senior Master Sergeant. The Gen. Doolittle Achievement is given for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 6 in the Learning Phase of the Cadet Program.

C/Amn Austin Hadley, C/Amn Tyler Hart, C/Amn Diego Rodriguez and C/Amn Samantha Beecroft all graduated from the Great Start Program and earned the Maj Gen. John F. Curry Achievement.

The McGuire Composite Squadron received an Aerospace Education Excellence Award for 2018-19 for activities that included CyberPatriot, model rocketry and astronomy. The following cadets also received Aerospace Education Excellence Awards: C/Amn Luke Bailey, C/SMSgt Lea Burton, C/A1C Jake Cahill, C/SSgt Christopher Cerra, C/CMSgt Lorenzo Diventura, C/Amn Robert Guillaume, C/SMSgt Mikhayla Hamilton, C/2dLt Alanna Hendrickson, C/SrA Brad Hersey, C/MSgt Jessica Hoschek, C/MSgt Jacob Irwin, C/A1C Xavier Jackson, C/SSgt Mckenzie Keedy, C/SrA Philip Lopiccolo, C/A1C Christian Lucas, C/SMSgt Maici Mintchwarner, C/Amn Matthew Nolan, C/Sra Dwayne Phelps, C/Amn Michael Prodeline, C/Amn Luis Reyes, C/A1C Gabriel Sampson, C/SrA Jenna Skeens, C/Capt Peter Toth, C/A1C Brianna Varnes and C/A1C Jakob Williams.

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 seeks sponsors for wreath-laying salute to veterans

posted Oct 25, 2019, 7:54 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Oct. 25, 2019) – The Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron will be teaming up with Wreaths Across America on Dec. 14 for a wreath-laying tribute to veterans at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The mission of Wreaths Across America is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach the next generation the value of freedom.

A fundraiser is scheduled for Nov 16-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at New Egypt Marketplace, 53 Main Street in New Egypt. Wreaths may also be purchased online at https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/22679. Sponsorship starts at $15 per wreath. The goal is to sponsor all the wreaths needed to honor every veteran at the cemetery.

As a major partner in Wreaths Across America, Civil Air Patrol has adorned memorials and veterans’ graves with balsam wreaths to remember the sacrifices of the nation’s service members. Last year, more than 1.5 million wreaths were sponsored and placed at 1,400-plus cemeteries or memorial sites, including Arlington National Cemetery, across the U.S. and abroad. Wreath Across America was started by Morrill Worcester and his family in 2007.

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 66,000 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 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

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