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McGuire Civil Air Patrol members earn promotions

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:59 PM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Nov. 14, 2021)  -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron promoted and recognized three cadets and one senior member for their achievements at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint-base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst.

Cadets Staff Sergeant Katherine Clayton and Nicholas Mascio both promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant, the sixth enlisted grade. The grade accompanies the Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement.

Cadet Technical Sergeant William Mares promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant which is the seventh enlisted grade. This promotion is named after Charles Lindbergh who was the first person to fly across the Atlantic solo in his plane “The Spirit of St. Louis”.

Senior member 1st Lieutenant D’Agostino was promoted to Captain in the Civil Air Patrol Senior Member promotions program.

The squadron also had a few staff changes. Cadet Master Sergeant Mares, who was previously Alpha Flight Sergeant, was given the role of Cadet First Sergeant.

“I look forward to helping all those around me,” said Cadet Mares about his new role in the squadron. “Not only has the position of First Sergeant given me an opportunity to teach, but also to learn.”

Cadet Technical Sergeant Katherine Clayton took his spot as Alpha Flight Sergeant.

Squadron meetings occur at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cadets can join Civil Air Patrol between the ages of 12 and 17 and can stay in the cadet program until age 21. Adults 18 and over can join as senior members. More information about Civil Air Patrol can be found at gocivilairpatrol.com. For information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit www.mcguire.njwg.cap.gov or call Maj Bill Petzinger at (609) 306-0966.

For more information about the McGuire Composite Squadron visit our website and Facebook pages.

 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 60,000 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 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.

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