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McGuire Cadet Named Phase II Cadet of the Year

posted Mar 18, 2019, 7:01 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Mar 18, 2019, 7:03 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (March 9, 2019) New Jersey Wing cadet C/CMSgt Alanna Hendrickson, a member of the McGuire Composite Squadron, has been named the Civil Air Patrol Phase II Cadet of the Year for 2018. The award was recently presented to C/CMSgt Hendrickson by NJ Wing Commander Col. Joseph Abegg, Sr at the NJ Wing’s Gala Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick.

Since joining Civil Air Patrol in 2017, C/CMSgt Hendrickson has rapidly risen through the ranks, earning numerous awards, achievements and qualifications along the way. Among the awards and achievements she earned are the Wright Bros, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement, Charles Lindberg Achievement, General Jimmy Doolittle Achievement and the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Achievement.

C/CMSgt Hendrickson is a Ground Search and Rescue Team member and has participated in numerous search and rescue training exercises.

For cadets to promote in Civil Air Patrol, they must learn Leadership, Aerospace, Character Development, Emergency Services, Drill and Ceremony, and Physical Training. And they must pass tests as well as demonstrate our core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect.

Civil Air Patrol cadets get to experience the thrill of flying through the cadet orientation flight program.  Cadets under 18 participate in five powered orientation flights with a licensed Civil Air Patrol pilot in a Cessna 182 or 172 aircraft. In this same program, cadets also have opportunities to fly in a non-powered glider aircraft with an instructor as well.

 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.