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McGuire Civil Air Patrol members earn promotions and awards

posted Feb 5, 2022, 9:14 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Dec. 06, 2021)  -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj. Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron promoted and recognized multiple cadets for their achievements at the Kish Airman Leadership School on Joint-base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst.

Cadets Audrey Hersey and Juaquin Tanola completed all the requirements for the Hap Arnold Achievement and were promoted to Cadet Airman First Class. The Hap Arnold Achievement is named for Hap Arnold, commanding general of U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Cadet Daniel Clayton received the Mary Feik Achievement for completing Achievement 3 in Phase I of the cadet program. He was promoted to the grade of Cadet Senior Airman. The award was named in honor of Mary Feik, a Civil Air Patrol colonel and an American aviation engineer, mechanic, pilot, instructor, and aircraft restorer.  

Cadets Alexander Hawkins and Nathaniel Hawkins completed the first phase of the cadet program and were promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeants. They received the Wright Brothers Award, given in honor of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the men who successfully built and flew the first powered airplane.

Cadets Jake Cahill and William Mares completed all the requirements for achievement seven and received the rank of C/SMSgt. This achievement is named after Jimmy Doolittle who led the daring airborne raid on Tokyo during WWII.

Along with these promotions, some cadets received awards and certificates:

C/Amn Ryan Jones and C/Amn Veronica Schools graduated from the fall Great Start program and were named honor cadets.

C/A1C Cassidy Kittel received her model rocketry badge which is worn on the blues uniform. 

Cadets Kittel, Gabriel Carrol, Dominick Carothers, Christopher Rayca received certificates for completing their first powered flights.

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.

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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