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McGuire Squadron Announces August Cadet Promotions

posted Aug 29, 2020, 6:48 AM by William Petzinger

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Aug. 28, 2020) -- Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron promoted and recognized seven cadets for their achievements during the squadron’s recent promotion night over the Zoom platform.

 “Congratulations on your promotions and achievements,” said Maj Bill Petzinger, squadron commander.  “Promoting and earning these achievements during the COVID crisis presented many challenges and you were successful.”

The following cadets earned promotions with accompanying awards in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program:

·       Cadet Joseph Podesta - promoted to Cadet First Lieutenant, the second cadet officer grade

·       Cadet McKenzie Keedy - promoted to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant, the ninth enlisted grade. The grade accompanies the Dr. Robert Goddard Achievement.

·       Cadet Christine Orthodoxou - promoted to Cadet Master Sergeant, the seventh enlisted grade. The grade accompanies the Charles Lindbergh Achievement.

·       Cadet Kaya Kraft - promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant, the sixth enlisted grade. The grade accompanies the Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement.

·       Cadets Nicholas Keedy and Alexander King - promoted to Cadet Airman First Class, the second of 16 achievements. The grade accompanies the General H. H. "Hap" Arnold Achievement.

·       Cadet Alicia Sperry - promoted to Cadet Airman, a grade that indicates the completion of the first of 16 achievements. The grade accompanies the General J. F. Curry Achievement.

Cadets in the Civil Air Patrol can expect a rigorous program of self-study and applied leadership opportunities, regular classes and projects on aviation and aerospace, a character development program that focuses on living CAP’s core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect, as well as a focus on a drug-free lifestyle, and a fitness program that focuses on developing life-long fitness habits.

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.