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Civil Air Patrol Squadron to Host Virtual Open House

posted Nov 30, 2020, 12:30 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Nov. 30, 2020) – A local Civil Air Patrol squadron will host a virtual open house at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14 via Zoom. Members of the Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron will discuss opportunities offered by the organization in aviation, aerospace or STEM fields and answer questions. Anyone interested in attending can register by sending an email to bill.petzinger@njwg.cap.gov.

“The McGuire Composite Squadron offers a youth program for students ages 12-18 who are interested in learning about flying, training for emergency services and providing community service,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, squadron commander. “The squadron also offers membership for adults interested in volunteer emergency services and teachers interested in bringing aerospace and STEM education to their classrooms.”

During the open house, members of the squadron will give presentations about CAP's unique missions for America. Guests will learn about the organization’s cadet program which includes learning to fly planes and gliders, building and launching rockets, defending against computer crime and other disciplines critical to our nation's future.

“Civil Air Patrol offers teenagers unique learning opportunities ranging from cyber security to STEM -- all while making new friends,” said Maj Petzinger. “They also will learn skills for life such as leadership, getting in shape and how to push themselves to new limits.”

To learn more about the McGuire Composite Squadron, please visit our website www.mcguire.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.