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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.

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