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Car Wash raises money for McGuire Civil Air Patrol

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:44 PM by William Petzinger
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Oct. 23, 2021) -- Cadets and senior members in the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol recently held a car wash fundraised that raised nearly $2,000 for the squadron. Twenty squadron members, which included active duty members of the United States Armed Forces, washed approximately 300 vehicles at the Jacobstown Volunteer Fire Company, North Hanover, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cadets and senior members sold advance tickets while two cadets held signs on day of the event to attract additional customers. Each driver received a hot dog, bag of chips and a soda which was included in their $5 donations. As cars departed the washing area for the drying station they were met by squadron recruiters who handed out information and answered questions about the Civil Air Patrol’s missions and cadet program.

“The Car wash was an exciting way for our cadets to perform public affairs duties while raising money for our squadron,” said Cadet Staff Sergeant Mares who was in the ABU uniform at the event representing Civil Air Patrol Emergency Services.

Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Allyson Kittel thought squadron members displayed excellent teamwork.

“I really enjoyed helping out,” said Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Kittel. “I got to know my fellow cadets better while knowing my actions were benefiting our squadron.”

Squadron meetings occur at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

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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