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McGuire Members Receive Promotions and Awards

posted Oct 15, 2019, 1:58 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Oct 15, 2019, 2:23 PM ]

Five Civil Air Patrol cadets and one senior member in the McGuire Composite Squadron recently earned achievements and received promotions in rank.

Cadets Jake Cahill and Christina Orthodoxou received the Gen. Arnold Achievement and were promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. The ​Gen. Arnold Achievement ​ is given for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 2 in the learning phase. Gen. Arnold was the founding father of the U.S. Air Force.

Cadets Christopher Cerra and Joseph Podesta received the Wright Brothers Award and were promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeants. The ​Wright Brothers Award ​is given for successfully completing the specific requirements of passing a comprehensive test on Leadership covering the material learned over the first three achievements of the program, along with a Cadet Physical Fitness and Drill Performance Test, as well as a commitment of at least eight months of active membership in Civil Air Patrol. The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, were inventors from the 1800s whom are known as the pioneers of aviation for inventing, building, achieving the first powered flight, and developing the first practical aircraft. 

Cadet Jessica Hoschek received the Charles Lindbergh Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant. The Charles Lindberg Achievement ​is given for successfully completing specific requirements of Achievement 5 in the learning phase.​ Charles Lindberg was the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo, non-stop, aboard the “Spirit of St. Louis.”

SM James Hoschek has promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant. Promotion as a senior member requires dedication and education. To promote to this rank. the senior member must be at least 21 years of age, be at least a high school graduate, been an active member of Civil Air Patrol for six months and completing Level 1 of the Professional Development Program.

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.