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Change of command for McGuire Civil Air Patrol

posted Dec 14, 2018, 1:23 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Dec 14, 2018, 1:38 PM ]

Lt Col Edward Brown Jr (left), Group 225 Commander, officiates the ceremony as 1st Lt Peter Toth (right)

passes command of the McGuire Composite Squadron over to Maj Bill Petzinger. In the background stands

C/1st Lt Peter Toth Jr, the squadron guidon bearer.


MCGUIRE AFB (Dec. 10, 2018) – The Civil Air Patrol’s McGuire Composite Squadron had a change of command ceremony this evening to usher in its new commander.

Maj Bill Petzinger stepped up to the commander position after 1st Lt Peter Toth stepped down.

During the ceremony, Lt Col Edward Brown Jr, Group 225 Commander, served as the senior official and C/1st Lt Peter Toth Jr was the squadron guidon bearer.

With the words, “Sir, I accept command,” Maj Petzinger began his service as the 30th commander of the McGuire Composite Squadron. In relinquishing his command position, Lt Toth said, “I was honored to command such a great squadron, thank you cadets and senior members for your support.”

 "I am very honored to take on this position," Maj Petzinger said. “I want to thank Lt Toth for his service and excellent work as commander. A testament to his outstanding leadership was the squadron’s growth – an astounding 193%.”

In his opening remarks, Lt Col Brown said the Change of Command is a time honored ceremony designed to mark the occasion when the responsibility of command is passed to the incoming commander. This formal ceremony presents the new commander to the squadron while simultaneously recognizing and retiring the previous commander.

A resident of Allentown, NJ, Maj Petzinger’s specialty is public affairs. He has served as the squadron’s PAO since 2011.

The McGuire Composite Squadron welcomes new members and encourages interested individuals to attend one of its weekly meetings on Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at McGuire AFB. For more information, please send an email to bill.petzinger@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.

 Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

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