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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/.

McGuire Cadet Receives the Amelia Earhart Award

posted Apr 27, 2019, 9:20 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Apr 27, 2019, 9:22 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (April 22, 2019) Cadet Peter Toth Jr., of Barnegat, has earned the Amelia Earhart Award. The award was presented by New Jersey Wing Commander Col. Joseph Abegg in a ceremony at the squadron’s office. With this award, Cadet Toth received a promotion to the rank of cadet captain.

Only three percent of the 22,000 Civil Air Patrol cadets nationwide earn the Amelia Earhart Award. The award is named in honor of the pilot who lost her life while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

The Amelia Earhart Award is given to cadets who have completed the first 11 achievements of the cadet program. Cadets must also pass a comprehensive exam covering aerospace topics and leadership theory.

In addition, they must complete staff duty reports, mentor other cadets in aerospace training, pass a physical fitness exam and lead moral leadership discussions. C/Capt. Toth is now in Phase IV where he will be expected to mentor other cadets. 

The McGuire Composite Squadron meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings at McGuire AFB, 3412 Neely Rd. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18, and their parents are always welcome. For more information, visit our web page at www.mcguire.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.

14 Cadets Receive Promotions and Awards

posted Apr 18, 2019, 8:13 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (April 1, 2019) – Fourteen Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned CAP achievements and received promotions in rank.

Cadet Peter Toth received the Amelia Earhart Award and was promoted to cadet captain. The Amelia Earhart Award is given for successfully completing specific requirements of passing the comprehensive and timed aerospace and leadership tests, as well as a cadet physical fitness test. They also must have written three staff duty analysis, spent at least 4 months in the past grade, and participated in moral leadership at least once since the cadet’s last promotion. This puts C/Capt. Toth on track of Phase IV where he will be expected to be a mentor to his fellow cadets.  Amelia Earhart was best known for being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.

Cadets Lea Burton and Maici Mintchwarner 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 the commitment of at least eight months of active membership in Civil Air Patrol. The Wright Brothers were inventors from the 1800s known as the pioneers of aviation for inventing, building, achieving the first powered flight, and developing the first practical aircraft.

Cadet Jacob Irwin 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.

Cadet Jenna Skeens 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.

Cadets Anna D’agostino, Charles Durr, Robert Guillaume, Christian Lucas, Christina Orthodoxou, Joseph Podesta, Michael Prodeline, Luis Reyes, and Brianna Varnes earned the Maj. Gen. John F. Curry Achievement and each received their 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.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 61,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

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McGuire Composite Squadron changes cadet leadership

posted Mar 24, 2019, 10:53 AM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (March 18, 2019)The McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol held a cadet change of command ceremony today in which C/1st Lt Peter Toth Jr handed command of the unit’s cadet contingent over to C/2d Lt JoshuaThomas.

During the ceremony, C/CMSgt Kendall Daniels served as the squadron guidon bearer with squadron cadet commander Capt Daniel Riordan as the senior official.

 With the words, “Sir, I accept command,” C/2d Lt Thomas began his tenure as cadet commander. In relinquishing his command position, C/1st Lt Toth said, “I was honored to command such a great squadron, thank you cadets and senior members for your support.”

 For almost two full years, C/1st Lt Toth served as cadet commander, overseeing the successes and immense growth of the squadron during his time in command. During his command the squadron grew from 10 to more than 50 cadet members.

The Change of Command signifies the end of one era of leadership and the beginning of the next. Responsibilities of being the cadet commander include being the link between senior staff and cadet staff and being at the top of the cadet chain of command. The cadet commander is the ultimate challenge for a cadet officer. It is an enormous test of leadership skills, ability to articulate a vision and point all cadets toward meaningful goals. The cadet commander position stands at the epicenter of the squadron and the commander must lead by example and be a role model.

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.

McGuire Cadet Named Phase II Cadet of the Year

posted Mar 18, 2019, 7:01 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Mar 18, 2019, 7:03 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (March 9, 2019) New Jersey Wing cadet C/CMSgt Alanna Hendrickson, a member of the McGuire Composite Squadron, has been named the Civil Air Patrol Phase II Cadet of the Year for 2018. The award was recently presented to C/CMSgt Hendrickson by NJ Wing Commander Col. Joseph Abegg, Sr at the NJ Wing’s Gala Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick.

Since joining Civil Air Patrol in 2017, C/CMSgt Hendrickson has rapidly risen through the ranks, earning numerous awards, achievements and qualifications along the way. Among the awards and achievements she earned are the Wright Bros, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement, Charles Lindberg Achievement, General Jimmy Doolittle Achievement and the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Achievement.

C/CMSgt Hendrickson is a Ground Search and Rescue Team member and has participated in numerous search and rescue training exercises.

For cadets to promote in Civil Air Patrol, they must learn Leadership, Aerospace, Character Development, Emergency Services, Drill and Ceremony, and Physical Training. And they must pass tests as well as demonstrate our core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect.

Civil Air Patrol cadets get to experience the thrill of flying through the cadet orientation flight program.  Cadets under 18 participate in five powered orientation flights with a licensed Civil Air Patrol pilot in a Cessna 182 or 172 aircraft. In this same program, cadets also have opportunities to fly in a non-powered glider aircraft with an instructor as well.

 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.


12 Squadron Cadets Attain Achievements and Promotions

posted Mar 12, 2019, 2:06 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 8:43 AM ]

C/MSgt Lorenzo Diventura
MCGUIRE AFB (March 4, 2019) – Twelve  Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned CAP achievements and received promotions in rank.

Cadets Caleb Daniels, Kendall Daniels and Alanna Hendrickson received Robert Goddard Achievements and were promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. The Goddard Achievement is given for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 7 in the Leadership Phase of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Goddard was known as "The Father of Modern Rocketry" whose research led to the patent of the first multistage rocket and many of the concepts that became standards in rocketry.

Cadet Lorenzo Diventura received the Charles Lindbergh Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant.  The Lindbergh Achievement is given for completing requirements of Achievement 5 in the Leadership Phase. Lindbergh was the first person to fly solo, non-stop, across the Atlantic Ocean, aboard the "Spirit of St. Louis." in 1927.                                                         

           

Cadet Michael Dolgin received the Col. Mary Feik Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Senior Airman. The Feik Achievement is given for completing requirements of Achievement 3 in the Learning Phase. Col. Feik was the first woman engineer in research and development in the Air Technical Service Command’s Engineering Division. 

Cadets Jonathan Bautista, Jessica Hoschek, Mckenzie Keedy and Jonathan Marshall received General H. H. "Hap" Arnold Achievement and were promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. The General Arnold Achievement is given for 

completing requirements of Achievement 2 in the Learning Phase. General Arnold is the founding father of the U.S. Air Force.

Cadets Luke Bailey, Philip Lopiccolo and Jakob Williams earned the Maj Gen John F. Curry Achievement and each received their first promotion to Cadet Airman. The Maj Curry Achievement is given for completing requirements of Achievement 2 in the Learning Phase. Maj Curry served as Civil Air Patrol's first National Commander.

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Take to the Sky at VAY Airport

posted Feb 16, 2019, 9:28 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Feb 16, 2019, 9:38 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb. 9, 2019) – Cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron recently took to the sky in their first round of orientation flights on a cold but perfect day for flying.

Pilot Rich Laurer from the Jack Schweiker Composite Squadron met all five cadets at South Jersey Regional Airport (VAY) first thing

Saturday morning. Cadets took off with Capt. Laurie in a 182 Cessna and flew to nearby airports. Each flight lasted about one hour.

Cadets under age 18 in the Civil Air Patrol are given five orientation flights in a powered plane along with five glider flights. Each flight focuses on a specific aspect of aviation, and there is a learning syllabus for each flight.

Before, during, and after the flight cadets get a hands-on approach to learning about how airplanes function, the preflight inspection and safety practices. Cadets handled the flight controls, under the pilot’s supervision, during the non-critical phases of flight (not during take-off or landing).

Cadets participating in their first orientation flight were:

C/Amn Jonathan Bautista

C/Amn Nicholas Gunderson

C/A1C Jessica Hoschek

C/Amn Rebecca Slaight

C/SSgt Jacob Irwin, participating in his third flight, practiced advanced flying techniques such as turning stalls, slow flight and climbing turns.

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.

For more information on the McGuire Composite Squadron, please visit our Facebook page or attend a squadron meeting at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst.

Cadet Receives Gen Mitchell Award, Others Promoted

posted Feb 15, 2019, 4:57 PM by William Petzinger

MCGUIRE AFB (Feb. 4, 2019) – Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd Lt. Joshua Thomas was pinned with his current rank after being presented with the General Billy Mitchell Award by Group 225 Commander Maj Julio Pastoriza during a ceremony at Joint Base Dix McGuire Lakehurst.

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.

Achieving this award means Thomas is now eligible for advanced placement to the grade of Airman First Class if he chooses to join the US Air Force. He also is eligible for advanced placement in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships and CAP special activity opportunities.


Maj Pastoriza and Squadron Commander Maj Bill Petzinger presided over 11 other cadet promotions during Monday's ceremony:

C/SrA Lea Burton

C/A1C Christopher Cerra

C/Amn Nicholas Gunderson

C/Amn Brad Hersey

C/A1C Jessica Hoschek

C/Amn Mckenzie Keedy

C/A1C Jonathan Marshall

C/SrA Maici Mintchwarner

C/SrA Dwayne Phelps

C/Amn Rebecca Slaight

C/Amn Aaron Sperry

 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 plans open house

posted Jan 25, 2019, 8:41 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Jan 25, 2019, 9:07 AM ]


MCGUIRE AFB (Jan. 25, 2019) -- Want to learn more about opportunities in the Civil Air Patrol? The McGuire Composite Squadron is hosting an open house on Feb. 18,1830-2030, at the squadron office in Building 3412 on Neely Road.

Civil Air Patrol is a wonderful organization to be a member of if you’re interested in aviation, space, or a STEM career. During the open house, squadron members will talk to you about about Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America as well as what you’ll learn like how to fly a plane, leadership, camping, physical fitness and pushing yourself to new limits. 

Registration is required.

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