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McGuire Cadets Participate in 2nd Rocket Launch

posted Oct 18, 2020, 11:59 AM by William Petzinger

ALLENTOWN, N.J. (Oct. 17, 2020) -- The Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol launched a number of model rockets today, the second in a series of many to come.  The launchings occurred at Byron Johnson Park and were supervised by 1st Lt James Keedy and 1st Lt Joy Hoschek.

This was the squadron’s third in-person gathering since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions that forced the squadron to hold its meetings via Zoom. Observing mandated distancing and masking practices, cadets completed several individual, hands-on activities that complemented online classes they have been taking over the past few months. Prior to the restrictions, McGuire Squadron cadets assembled model rockets as part of Civil Air Patrol’s STEM Program. 

 At the launch, nine cadets met requirements for earning the CAP Model Rocketry Badge. This badge is an individual award earned initially by listening to classroom lectures on the history and biographies of rocketry pioneers and on scientific laws with mathematical theories of rocket flight and space travel. Also, cadets must take three knowledge tests, scoring at least 80, before being awarded the badge.

Cadets attending the launch were C/CMSgt Jessica Hoschek, Hamilton; C/CMsgt McKenzie Keedy, and C/A1C Nicholas Keedy, Dorothy; C/MSgt Christopher Cerra, Southampton; C/TSgt Margaret Achanzar, Hamilton; C/MSgt Kaya Kraft, Medford; C/A1C Michael Dy-Tioco, Barnegat; and C/Amn Alexander Kurynow, Trenton.

 Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and 1,550 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% 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 82 lives annually. CAP’s 66,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 28,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.

There are approximately 1,350 members of Civil Air Patrol in New Jersey. For more information about membership in the McGuire Composite Squadron please contact Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.