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McGuire Members Receive Promotions and Awards

posted Oct 15, 2019, 1:58 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Oct 15, 2019, 2:23 PM ]

Five Civil Air Patrol cadets and one senior member in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned achievements and received promotions in rank.

Cadets Jake Cahill and Christina Orthodoxou received the Gen. Arnold Achievement and were 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.

Cadets Christopher Cerra and Joseph Podesta 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, Orville and Wilbur Wright, were inventors from the 1800s whom are known as the pioneers of aviation for inventing, building, achieving the first powered flight, and developing the first practical aircraft. 

Cadet Jessica Hoschek received the Charles Lindbergh Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant. The Charles Lindberg Achievement ​is given for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 5 in the learning phase.​ Charles Lindberg was the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo, non-stop, aboard the “Spirit of St. Louis.”

SM James Hoschek has promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant. Promotion as a senior member requires dedication and education. To promote to this rank. the senior member must be at least 21 years of age, be at least a high school graduate, been an active member of Civil Air Patrol for six months and completing Level 1 of the Professional Development Program.

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 Cadets Receive Promotions and Awards

posted Sep 25, 2019, 9:41 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Sep 25, 2019, 9:54 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Sept. 9, 2019) – Five Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned promotions in rank or CAP achievements at the organization’s weekly meeting.

Cadets Lea Burton and Maici Mintchwarner received the Charles Lindbergh Achievement, promoting to the rank of Master Sergeant. Lindbergh was the first person to fly solo, non-stop, across the Atlantic Ocean, aboard the "Spirit of St. Louis.”

Cadet Mckenzie Keedy earned her Wright Brothers Award and became a Staff Sergeant. This award is significant because it means that C/SSgt Keedy is now an NCO in the second phase of Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program. The award recognizes excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character.

Cadet Charles Burton was promoted to the rank of Airman First Class. The award was named after General "Hap" Arnold, first U.S. Air Force Commander.

Cadet Brad Hersey earned the Achievement 3 rank of Senior Airman named after Mary Feik, a pioneer in the fields of aviation mechanics and engineering, and proud CAP 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.

NJ State Trooper Talks to Cadets About Law Enforcement Careers

posted Sep 23, 2019, 10:12 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Sept. 9, 2019) – Sgt Phillip Curry of the NJ State Police visited the McGuire Composite Squadron to give cadets a presentation on the NJ Explorer Program.

The Explorer Program provides information and experiences to young men and women who are interested in a possible law enforcement career while establishing an awareness of the complexities of law enforcement.

The program emphasizes skills similar to those cadets learn in Civil Air Patrol such as leadership, communication and team building.

“The goal of the program is to develop leaders although they may not necessarily go into law enforcement,” said Sgt. Curry. “At the Explorer Program they will learn so much more above and beyond law enforcement. They learn life skills, character skills, accountability and integrity.”

Information about NJSP Explorer program can be found at https://www.njsp.org/recruiting/explorer-program.shtml

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 Cadets Receive Promotions and Achievements

posted Aug 29, 2019, 6:21 PM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Aug. 5, 2019) – Twelve Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned promotions in rank or CAP achievements.

Cadet Jonathan Bautista earned his Wright Brothers Award and became a Staff Sergeant. This award is significant because it means that C/SSgt Bautista has now completed phase one of Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program. The award recognizes excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character. He can now take on more leadership roles and continue his work being the Logistics NCO.

Cadet Jessica Hoschek earned the rank of Cadet Technical Sergeant for Achievement 4 and Cadet Jacob Irwin earned the rank of Cadet Master Sergeant through Achievement 5.

Cadet Aaron Sperry and Cadet Jakob Williams were promoted to the rank of Airman First Class. The award was named after General "Hap" Arnold, first U.S. Air Force Commander. Cadet Philip Lopiccolo earned the Achievement 3 rank of Senior Airman named after Mary Feik, who was a pioneer in the fields of aviation mechanics and engineering, and proud CAP member.

Great Start Cadets Jake Cahill, Michaela Clark, Kinsey Hofrichter, Todd Kennedy, Alexander King and Zachariah Wickwire earned their Airman rank. The Achievement 1 promotion is named after Maj Gen John F. Curry, Civil Air Patrol's first National Commander.

The Great Start cadets have spent the last five weeks bettering their teamwork skills, leadership skills, physical training skills, and CAP knowledge. They have all since graduated from the Great Start program and will now be in Alpha Flight.

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.

Two McGuire Composite Squadron Cadets Receive Gen Mitchell Award

posted Jul 19, 2019, 9:49 AM by William Petzinger

Joint Base Dix McGuire Lakehurst (July 15, 2019) – Cadet 2nd Lieutenants Alanna Hendrickson and Caleb Daniels both earned the prestigious General Billy Mitchell award, and a formal ceremony was held at the squadron’s office on Neely Road.  The Mitchell awards were presented to the cadets by Civil Air Patrol Group 225 Commander Maj Julio Pastoriza.

The award, which is only presented to some 1,000 cadets nationwide each year, is earned after a cadet completes the first eight achievements of the cadet program. In addition, the cadet must pass an arduous 100-question examination testing leadership theory and aerospace topics, as well as a rigorous physical fitness test. Established in 1964, the award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate and staunch supporter of an independent Air Force for America.

Both cadets are now eligible for advanced placement to the grade of Airman First Class if they choose to join the US Air Force. They also are is eligible for advanced placement in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships and CAP special activity opportunities.


In presenting the awards, Maj Pastoriza told the cadets that he feels the Mitchell Award is among the most important awards a cadet can earn in Civil Air Patrol even though it isn’t the highest award.

“The transition from an NCO to an officer in the cadet program is one that shows a lot of growth and leadership from a cadet,” Maj Pastoriza said. “I am very proud of Cadets Hendrickson and Daniels. I encourage all cadets to follow their example and strive to earn such an achievement.” 

The Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 57,000 members nationwide. The Civil Air Patrol performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Civil Air Patrol squadron schedules summer open house

posted Jul 15, 2019, 1:12 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST (July 15, 2019) - The McGuire Composite Squadron, local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house on Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m., at the squadron office in Building 3412. Advance registration is required by sending an email to 1st Lt Peter Toth peter.toth@njwg.cap.gov.

According to Maj Bill Petzinger, squadron commander, students between the ages 12-18 and their parents are welcome to attend and learn more about CAP.

“Civil Air Patrol offers a unique opportunity to help our youth prepare for their futures while making new friends,” said Maj Petzinger. “They will learn to fly, lead, hike, camp, get in shape and push themselves to new limits. CAP is a wonderful organization to be a member of if you’re interested in aviation, space, or a STEM career.”

Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron will greet visitors and explain CAP’s missions for America. The open house is part of CAP’s outreach effort to create a greater awareness of CAP’s presence and contributions in the community.

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.

Cadet Hendrickson Takes Command of McGuire Cadets

posted Jul 11, 2019, 6:53 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (July 08, 2019) – Cadet Second Lieutenant Alanna Hendrickson accepted command of cadets in Civil Air Patrol's McGuire Composite Squadron today during a change of command ceremony. Cadet Second Lieutenant Joshua Thomas is the outgoing commander. Capt Dan Riordan, Deputy Commander of Cadet Programs, presided over the ceremony which took place at the squadron’s offices.

The Change of Command ceremony marks the responsibility of command being passed from the outgoing to the incoming commander.

Since becoming a member, Hendrickson has fostered notable leadership skills by holding positions on the cadet chain of command with increasing levels of responsibility. She developed her skills and leadership abilities through training and by advancing through the cadet program.

Hendrickson has earned the General Billy Mitchell Award. She is a certified emergency services ground team member. She has attended two Civil Air Patrol encampments and a Glider Academy,

“Among my goals for the squadron is getting new cadets to develop a keen interest in aviation and emergency services,” Hendrickson said. “But most important, I want to motivate our cadets so they enjoy participating in Civil Air Patrol activities as much as I do.”

Cadet Caleb Daniels was promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant and received the General Billy Mitchell Award. The award has existed since 1964 and honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent air force for America.

Cadet Lorenzo Diventura was awarded the Robert Goddard Award and promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. The Goddard Award is named for Robert Goddard, considered the "Father of Modern Rocketry" and developer of the first liquid-fueled rocket. The award is received after completing a series of training and tests on leadership in effective communications, character and physical fitness.

Cadet Caleb Daniels was awarded the NCO of the Month and Cadet Philip Lopiccolo received Cadet of the Month for outstanding performance in June.

Senior Member Joy Hoschek was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant. She is the squadron’s administrative and testing officer.

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.

For additional information, visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/ or the squadron’s Facebook at “Civil Air Patrol McGuire Composite Squadron.” Or contact Maj. Bill Petzinger at 609.306.0966.

Cadets Receive June Promotions and Awards

posted Jun 10, 2019, 11:12 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (June 3, 2019) – Eleven Civil Air Patrol members in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned promotions in rank, CAP achievement awards or recognition for outstanding work performance.

Cadet Hayden McCullough earned the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award which is the first milestone of the Cadet Program. It’s earned after the completion of the first eight achievements and the passing of a comprehensive 100-question examination covering leadership theory and aerospace topics. This achievement places Cadet McCullough in the third phase of the program as a 2nd Lieutenant and officer. Only 15 percent of all cadets nationwide have earned the Billy Mitchell Award. This award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate, and staunch supporter of an independent air force for America.

Cadets Lea Burton and Maici Mintchwarner earned the Capt Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement. This achievement is awarded for successfully completing the specific requirements of Achievement 4 in phase two of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Both cadets were also promoted to the grade of Cadet Technical Sergeant. This award honors Eddie Rickenbacker, a member of the 94th Aero "Hat in the Ring" Squadron in WWII, who earned nearly every decoration possible, including the Medal of Honor.

Cadet Jessica Hoschek earned the Wright Brothers Milestone Award. This award is significant because it means the cadet has completed phase one of the cadet program. It marks the transition to the non-commissioned officer status, and accompanies promotion to the grade of Cadet Staff Sergeant. This award honors Orville and Wilbur Wright who are credited with achieving the first powered, controlled, sustained, heavier-than-air flight, in 1903.

Cadets Jonathan Bautista, Christopher Cerra, Mckenzie Keedy, Joseph Podesta and Jenna Skeens 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, who was a pioneer in the fields of aviation mechanics and engineering, and proud CAP member.

Cadet Philip Lopiccolo received the Gen "Hap" 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. This award honors Gen Arnold who was the founding father of the U.S. Air Force.

Senior members James Keedy and Janice Skeens also were promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Cadet Mikhayla Hamilton earned the NCO of the Month award for all her work within the Great Start aspect of CAP, and for her overall performance. Cadet Burton was awarded Support Staff Cadet of the Month for her outstanding performance in Public Affairs.

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.

Cadets Receive Promotions and Awards

posted May 23, 2019, 8:22 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (May 6, 2019) – Eight Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned promotions in rank or CAP achievements

Cadets Brad Hersey and Joseph Podesta III received the Gen. Arnold Achievement and were 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.

Cadet Connor Scott earned the Maj. Gen. John F. Curry Achievement and received his first promotion to cadet airman. The Maj Gen. John F. Curry Achievement is given for completing Achievement 1 in the learning phase. Maj. Curry served as Civil Air Patrol’s first National Commander.

Cadets Caleb Daniels, Cadet Kendall Daniels, and Cadet Alanna Hendrickson all maintained their rank of cadet master sergeant and earned Achievement 8. Achievement 8 is named after Neil Armstrong who was the first man to set foot on the Moon, aboard Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969 – “One giant leap for mankind.”

C/SMSgt Lorenzo Diventura earned the Achievement 6 award named after Jimmy Doolittle. He was a pioneer in field of aeronautical engineering and leader of the World War II air raid on Tokyo.

C/SrA Jessica Hoschek earned the Achievement 3 award. Achievement 3 is named after Mary Feik, who was a pioneer in the fields of aviation mechanics and engineering, and proud CAP member.

C/SrA Hoschek was also awarded Cadet of the Month for her outstanding performance at the McGuire Composite Squadron. C/SMSgt Diventura earned the NCO of the Month award for work within the Great Start aspect of CAP, and for his overall performance.

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.

Civil Air Patrol squadron plans summer open house

posted May 2, 2019, 6:26 PM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (May 2, 2019) - The McGuire Composite Squadron, local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house on June 17, 6:30 p.m., at the squadron office in Building 3412. Advance registration is required.

According to Maj Bill Petzinger, squadron commander, students between the ages 12-18 and their parents are welcome to attend and learn more about CAP.

“Civil Air Patrol offers a unique opportunity to help our youth prepare for their futures while making new friends,” said Maj Petzinger. “They will learn to fly, lead, hike, camp, get in shape and push themselves to new limits. CAP is a wonderful organization to be a member of if you’re interested in aviation, space, or a STEM career.”

 
Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron will greet visitors and explain CAP’s missions for America. The open house is part of CAP’s outreach effort to create a greater awareness of CAP’s presence and contributions in the community.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 67 years. For more information, visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/.

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