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McGuire Composite Squadron changes cadet leadership

posted Mar 24, 2019, 10:53 AM by William Petzinger
MCGUIRE AFB (March 18, 2019)The McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol held a cadet change of command ceremony today in which C/1st Lt Peter Toth Jr handed command of the unit’s cadet contingent over to C/2d Lt JoshuaThomas.

During the ceremony, C/CMSgt Kendall Daniels served as the squadron guidon bearer with squadron cadet commander Capt Daniel Riordan as the senior official.

 With the words, “Sir, I accept command,” C/2d Lt Thomas began his tenure as cadet commander. In relinquishing his command position, C/1st Lt Toth said, “I was honored to command such a great squadron, thank you cadets and senior members for your support.”

 For almost two full years, C/1st Lt Toth served as cadet commander, overseeing the successes and immense growth of the squadron during his time in command. During his command the squadron grew from 10 to more than 50 cadet members.

The Change of Command signifies the end of one era of leadership and the beginning of the next. Responsibilities of being the cadet commander include being the link between senior staff and cadet staff and being at the top of the cadet chain of command. The cadet commander is the ultimate challenge for a cadet officer. It is an enormous test of leadership skills, ability to articulate a vision and point all cadets toward meaningful goals. The cadet commander position stands at the epicenter of the squadron and the commander must lead by example and be a role model.

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.