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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.

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