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McGuire Cadet Receives the Amelia Earhart Award

posted Apr 27, 2019, 9:20 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Apr 27, 2019, 9:22 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (April 22, 2019) Cadet Peter Toth Jr., of Barnegat, has earned the Amelia Earhart Award. The award was presented by New Jersey Wing Commander Col. Joseph Abegg in a ceremony at the squadron’s office. With this award, Cadet Toth received a promotion to the rank of cadet captain.

Only three percent of the 22,000 Civil Air Patrol cadets nationwide earn the Amelia Earhart Award. The award is named in honor of the pilot who lost her life while attempting to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

The Amelia Earhart Award is given to cadets who have completed the first 11 achievements of the cadet program. Cadets must also pass a comprehensive exam covering aerospace topics and leadership theory.

In addition, they must complete staff duty reports, mentor other cadets in aerospace training, pass a physical fitness exam and lead moral leadership discussions. C/Capt. Toth is now in Phase IV where he will be expected to mentor other cadets. 

The McGuire Composite Squadron meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings at McGuire AFB, 3412 Neely Rd. Prospective cadets, ages 12-18, and their parents are always welcome. For more information, visit our web page at 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.

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