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Operation Scrub to raise funds for local Civil Air Patrol squadron

posted Sep 21, 2021, 7:04 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Sept. 20, 2021) -- The Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron will hold “Operation Scrub,” a car wash fundraiser, at Jacobstown Fire Department, 86 Chesterfield-Jacobstown Rd, Wrightstown, NJ, on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to, 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit squadron activities in aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.

“Tell your family and friends about the car wash,” said Maj Todd Hamilton, the squadron’s deputy commander. “In addition to getting your car washed, you will learn about Civil Air Patrol, the nation’s premier volunteer services organization, and meet some of our members.”

Carwash tickets cost $5 and includes a hot dog, soda and chips. For information on how to obtain tickets please email Technical Sergeant Nicholas Freeman.

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

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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McGuire Squadron participates in sUAS ground school training

posted Sep 19, 2021, 2:58 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Sept. 18, 2021) -- Members from the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron recently participated in the squadron’s first small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) Technician Ground School. The instructor was Capt Avanti Borucki, Delaware Wing Director of Emergency Services and Assistant Director of Safety.

This session is the first in a series of ground school training for squadron cadets and senior members who are interested in joining Civil Air Patrol’s sUAS program. The training program is designed to provide squadron members with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to safely operate a sUAS within the National Airspace System.

This session focused on safe sUAS operation, piloting requirements under Code of Federal Regulations Title 14 Part 107 and the role and responsibilities of the technician. Future training will include field work and flight laboratories.

Civil Air Patrol sUAS teams have supported FEMA Urban Search and Rescue teams during hurricane responses, conducted a mission to collect imagery of critical infrastructure for storm recovery operations, performed SAR missions, and started a support mission to the active duty USAF.

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

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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McGuire Squadron holds Cadet Change of Command and Promotions Ceremony

posted Sep 15, 2021, 8:12 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Sep 16, 2021, 10:34 AM ]

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Aug. 2, 2021) –  Cadet Captain Lorenzo Diventura handed the important and sought after role of Cadet Commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron to Cadet Second Lieutenant Jessica Hoschek.

“Becoming cadet commander was one of my goals three years ago,” said C/Capt Diventura. “It has been an amazing journey working toward this position and seeing my fellow cadets grow alongside me. I love working with my staff and cadets and hope to give them the knowledge and confidence to eventually stand where I am now.”

He also shared some words of wisdom for the cadets of McGuire Composite Squadron:  “Make the most of your time as a cadet because it will pass by quicker than you ever could’ve guessed.”

Along with the change of command, multiple cadets were promoted: 

Cadet Mckenzie Keedy successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program and was promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant. She received the Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell Award, given in honor of Maj Gen William "Billy" Mitchell, former Deputy Chief of the Army Air Service, and military aviation visionary.

 Cadet Allyson Kittel 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 multistage rocket and the development of the liquid-fueled rocket.

Cadet Nicholas Keedy successfully completed the first phase of the cadet program and was promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeant. He received the Wright Brothers Award, given in honor of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the men who successfully built and flew the first powered airplane.

Cadets Nicholas Mascio and Katherine Clayton both received the Mary Feik Achievement for successfully completing Achievement 3 in Phase I of the cadet program. They 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.  

Cadets Daniel Clayton, Alexander Hawkins, and Nathaniel Hawkins successfully completed achievement 2 in Phase I of the cadet program. They were all promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. The award was named after General Hap Arnold who was the commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Cadets Cassidy Kittel, Michael Sacca, and Matthew Kavalkovich successfully completed achievement 1 in Phase I of the cadet program. They were all promoted to Cadet Airman. The award was named after Maj. Gen. John F. Curry, the first national commander of the Civil Air Patrol.  

Two Cadets from McGuire Composite Squadron earned the NJ wing cadet of the Quarter Award. The Phase III Cadet of the Quarter Award was given to C/2nd Lt. Jessica Hoschek, and Phase I Cadet of the Quarter is C/A1C Hawkins. These cadets both received Achievement Awards for their hard work in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program.

 

For information about the Civil Air Patrol, visit gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit 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 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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Civil Air Patrol cadets reach new heights flying gliders

posted Sep 15, 2021, 7:27 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (July 16, 2021) – Civil Air Patrol wants every cadet to experience what it’s like to soar through the skies in a glider plane.  Several cadets from the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron recently visited Farmers Pride Airport in Fredericksburg, Pa. for their first glider flight but for some it was a return trip.

“It was a good time to get to know fellow cadets and just have a good time without too much stress,” said Cadet Second Lieutenant McKenzie Keedy, who was going on her second flight in a glider. “Some cadets were on their second, third, and even fourth glider flights, but the majority participating were flying for the first time.”

Taking off from Farmers Pride airport in the morning, each glider flight with a cadet and pilot soared for an average of twenty minutes over the Pennsylvania farmlands. While in the air, cadets experienced weightlessness and strong G-forces.

“It was a very rewarding experience” said Cadet Airman Cassidy Kittel. “I am now very interested in attending Civil Air Patrol’s glider flight academy!”

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

During the two-day trip, cadets visited other points of interest in Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA including static displays of tanks, helicopters, and cargo planes. Cadets also got to watch a helicopter take to the skies.

For information about the Civil Air Patrol, visit gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit 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 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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Civil Air Patrol cadets attend 2-day bivouac

posted Sep 15, 2021, 6:30 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Aug. 28, 2021) – More than 20 members from the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron, a local unit of Civil Air Patrol, recently participated in a two-day training bivouac. The event was originally slated to take place at Washington Crossing State Park. However, with severe weather looming, the bivouac was relocated to McGuire Air Force Base on the second day.


The purpose of the weekend bivouac was to train cadets, who range in age from 12 to 18, in ground team support for emergency services. During the weekend exercise, cadets trained in radio operations (ICUT), urban direction finding (UDF) and land navigation. Cadets also received instruction on how to properly use a compass.

Instruction was provided by several of the squadron’s senior members including Maj Todd Hamilton, Technical Sergeant Nick Freeman, Second Lieutenant Steven King and First Lieutenant Jeff Polizzi.

“Having a UDF team means we are ready to go out on actual missions,” said TSgt Freeman. “The kinds of missions we're most likely to see here in New Jersey.”

Cadets also had the opportunity to eat two military MREs -- The Meal, Ready-to-Eat -- while they were out in the field. For many, it was their first time.


“The cadets were constantly learning but having fun at the same time.” said Cadet Staff Sergeant William Mares, the squadron’s emergency services NCO, “These types of engagement encourage the cadets to pursue their next steps in emergency services.”

Another bivouac is currently being planned for October.

For information about the Civil Air Patrol, visit gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit 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 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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Civil Air Patrol to host fall open house

posted Sep 14, 2021, 6:23 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Sept. 14, 2021) The Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron, local unit of Civil Air Patrol, will host an open house on Monday, Oct. 4 for youth between ages 12-18 and adults.

The open house will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Advanced registration is required: https://mcguire_fall_open_house.eventbrite.com

Members of the McGuire Composite Squadron will greet visitors and give brief presentations to explain Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America. Among the several types of support are homeland security, search and rescue, disaster relief and aerospace education. Prospective cadets and their parents will have the opportunity ask questions during the Q&A session.

Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program teaches young people (ages 12-18) about aerospace science, search and rescue techniques, emergency service, and other skills in a fun and unique environment. Cadets also get to fly in planes and gliders and make new friends.

“These friendships often last a lifetime and can lead to future careers in management, the military, aerospace engineering, manufacturing, education, business ownership, politics and other areas of interest,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, Squadron Commander.

 The squadron also offers membership for adults who are interested in volunteer emergency services and teachers interested in bringing aerospace and STEM education to their classrooms.

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

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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Civil Air Patrol Cadets Attend L.E.A.D. Conference

posted Jun 30, 2021, 12:15 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Jul 9, 2021, 6:40 AM ]

ATLANTIC CITY (June 30, 2021) – Several members of the Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron attended the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) 6th Annual 21st Century Drug & Violence Prevention training conference June 27-30 at the Hard Rock Café in Atlantic City.

McGuire Composite Squadron cadets, along with senior members, staffed an expo table to meet and greet police officers and give them information about Civil Air Patrol and its missions. Cadets talked to many law enforcement officials over three days about the organization’s youth development and leadership program, and the emergency service missions in the air and on the ground.

NJ Wing Commander Joe Abegg visited the Civil Air Patrol expo table to talk to squadron members and presented Maj Anthony Jannicelli, NJ Wing L.E.A.D. Coordinator, with the Wing Commanders Commendation Award for his work with L.E.A.D.

Attending the L.E.A.D. conference from the McGuire Composite Squadron were C/Maj Joseph Podesta, C/2d Lt Jessica Hoschek, C/MSgt Margaret Achanzar, C/CMSgt Kaya Kraft, C/TSgt Jake Cahill, C/Amn Matthew Kavalkovich, 1st Lt Joy Hoschek, 1st Lt Jeff Polizzi, 2d Lt George Cahill and 2d Lt Bill Achanzar. Squadron commander Maj Bill Petzinger also attended the conference.

 

1st Lt Hoschek and 2d Lt Cahill attended the LEAD/CAP mission training course and were certified as instructors. Their training allows them to present modules to Civil Air Patrol members on the Importance of Schools in Preventing Substance Abuse, Drug Abuse and Drug-Related Crimes, Violence and Bullying, and the Educator’s Role in Building Safe Communities.

Actor/comedian Joe Piscopo broadcast his AM970 Morning Show from the LEAD conference. He stopped by Civil Air Patrol’s expo table where he met and talked to cadets from the McGuire Composite Squadron.

Cadets told Piscopo about their personal experiences in Civil Air Patrol which included the thrill of flying planes and gliders and helping the community in disasters and emergency situations. They also gave him literature about the organization’s missions and invited him to visit the squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to which he replied “this is an organization my daughter would be interested in joining.”

For information about the Civil Air Patrol, visit gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit 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.

Civil Air Patrol to host summer open house

posted Jun 7, 2021, 1:34 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (June 07, 2021) The Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron, local unit of Civil Air Patrol, will host an open house on Monday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The McGuire Composite Squadron offers a youth program for students ages 12-18 who are interested in flying, aerospace, STEM, emergency services and leadership.

The squadron also offers membership for adults interested in volunteer emergency services and teachers interested in bringing aerospace and STEM education to their classrooms.

“This open house is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Civil Air Patrol while maintaining social distancing,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, Squadron Commander. “Our members will share information as well as talk about their CAP experiences – what they do and what they get out of being in Civil Air Patrol.”

 For more information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit our website: http://mcguire.njwg.cap.gov/.  Go to https://mcgureopenhousejuly.eventbrite.com to register.

 Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

 

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Two McGuire Composite Squadron Cadets Accept USCGA Appointments

posted Mar 31, 2021, 9:20 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (March 22, 2021) -- Two cadets from Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron have accepted appointments to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy. C/2d Lt Maici Mintchwarner and C/CMSgt Christina Orthodoxou, both seniors at Allentown High School (NJ), will be sworn in as members of the Class of 2025 on June 28.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy recognized C/2d Lt Mintchwarner and C/CMSgt Orthodoxou for superior academic achievement and leadership potential as Civil Air Patrol cadets. They will be playing lacrosse for the Coast Guard Academy.

The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut is an accredited college, educating future Coast Guard officers. Admission to the Coast Guard Academy is highly competitive and fewer than 400 appointments are offered annually from a pool of over 2,000 applicants.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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McGuire Squadron and Members Receive Awards at NJ Wing Conference

posted Mar 14, 2021, 8:15 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Mar 14, 2021, 8:39 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (March 13, 2021) – Members of the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol gathered online today for New Jersey Wing’s annual conference and awards program. Nine squadron members were among the cadets and senior members who received awards which were presented by NJ Wing Commander Col Joseph Abegg.

"Last year has been nothing short of disappointment,” said Maj. Bill Petzinger, Squadron Commander. “However, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the McGuire Composite had many accomplishments. Our training and operations were modified to the point where most of it was conducted virtually in order to safely support cadet programs and members’ needs.”

The McGuire Composite Squadron was among the 14 squadrons in NJ that qualified and won the Quality Cadet Unit Award for 2020. The squadron has won this award for the third consecutive year.

“Our squadron earned and deserves the QCUA,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, Squadron Commander. “During the pandemic, our squadron’s cadets maintained a high-level of performance and worked hard. Not easy to do in a virtual environment.”

The criteria for the award includes the following:

  • Cadets earning their first promotion within eight weeks
  • Study and test for a General Emergency Services qualification
  • Have three adult members train in Cadet Programs
  • Study Aerospace Education and complete projects
  • Complete a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) kit
  • Have a percentage of cadets earn their fourth stripe in promotions.
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, one area of measurement was waived: The number of cadets attending basic encampment, or participating in orientation flights.

The following members of the McGuire Composite Squadron received NJ Wing “Of the Year” awards:

1st Lt Frank D’Agostino, Deputy Commander for Cadets, received the John V. “Jack” Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year Award. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 1st Lt D’Agostino worked to ensure that the cadets received quality aerospace, character development, leadership, and emergency services training and had the opportunity to participate in fun and educational events.

1st Lt Hazel Cerra, Aerospace Officer, received the MG Jeanne M. Holm Aerospace Officer of the Year Award. She worked to ensure that the cadets received quality aerospace education and managed the ZOOM virtual meeting platform which enabled the squadron to continue its normal meeting schedule without missing a single meeting due to the pandemic. She implemented a program which allowed 24 McGuire Squadron cadets to earn their Rocketry Badges. As the Cyber Coach, 1st Lt Cerra recruited, trained and coached a new CyberPatriot team.

1st Lt James Keedy, Safety Officer, received the Safety Officer of the Year Award. He planned and delivered regularly scheduled safety briefings via a virtual platform, keeping pace with COVID, weather, and social unrest issues, enabling unit members to better care for themselves and their families. When NJ Wing entered Phase I reintegration, he personally served as the on-site safety officer for the squadron rocketry and night land navigation events. He conducted deliberate Operational Risk Management to ensure the safety of all participants, which included social distancing, proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), field hazards rocket use and recovery.

Chaplain (Capt) Douglas Davis, Squadron Chaplain, received the Squadron Chaplain of the Year Award. Chaplain Davis stayed engaged with unit members and their families by delivering spiritual guidance to help ease stresses caused by the pandemic and forced isolation. He planned and delivered 11 Character Development and resilience classes to more than 245 senior and cadet members via the virtual platform, keeping pace with COVID, weather, stress, isolation, and social unrest issues. He supported three Great Start cohorts by teaching three separate Wingman classes. Additionally, Chaplain Davis facilitated the first senior member Character Development class in accordance with CAPP 80-3, and led the squadron through its annual Wingman Support/Suicide Awareness class, presenting to 53 unit members.

C/SMSgt Margaret Achanzar received NJ Wing’s Cadet of the Year (Phase II) for filling the support role of Public Affairs NCO. She was also Great Start Flight Sergeant due to her excellent performance and professional demeanor. In addition, she has volunteered for the squadron’s color guard and participated in drill and rocketry activities, earning her rocketry badge.

C/2d Lt Lieutenant Jessica Hoschek received Civil Air Patrol’s Billy Mitchell Award. The Mitchell Award marks completion of Phase II of the CAP cadet program, recognizing sustained excellence in all four areas of cadet life: leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character. Further, Mitchell cadets must have passed comprehensive examinations on leadership and aerospace topics and have completed a week long encampment immersing them in a challenging Core Values and Stem environment.

C/CMSgt Mikhayla Hamilton received a Commander’s Commendation for outstanding duty performance as the squadron’s Great Start Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. She planned and executed the squadron’s semi-annual open house and managed the cadet orientation program. She certified all presenters in the program and kept newly joined cadets active and participating through virtual means. She successfully prepared new cadets for their flights following graduation.

C/2d Lt Maici Mintchwarner and C/SMSgt Christina Orthodoxou received Achievement Awards as members of NJ Wing’s Honor Guard. They stood vigil during the viewing of Civil Air Patrol War Time Hero Andrew Liput, Sr. Liput was awarded both the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the U.S. Department of Defense Air Medal. 

“Your professionalism and grace during this time of remembrance was exceptional,” Col. Abegg said of Cadets Mintchwarner and Orthodoxou. “You made us proud!”


Cadets Mintchwarner and Orthodoxou also assisted Col. Abegg during the awards ceremony.

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 information about membership in the McGuire Composite Squadron please contact Maj Petzinger.

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