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Cadets in McGuire Squadron Earn Achievements and Promotions

posted Feb 16, 2020, 8:24 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Feb 17, 2020, 6:55 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (February 3, 2020) - Six Civil Air Patrol cadets in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned CAP achievements and received promotions in rank.

Cadets Jessica Hoschek and Joseph Podesta received the Dr. Robert Goddard Achievement and were promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant. Dr. Goddard is called "The Father of Modern Rocketry." His research led to the patent of the first multistage rocket and the development of the liquid-fueled rocket, as well as many of the ideas that became standards in rocketry.

Cadet Christopher Cerra 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.

Cadets Philip Lopiccolo, Christina Orthodoxou and Aaron Sperry 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 are pioneers of aviation for inventing, building, achieving the first powered flight and developing the first practical aircraft.

Cadet Michael Dy-Tioco 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.

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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