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McGuire Squadron Announces Cadet Change of Command and Promotions

posted Aug 24, 2020, 10:24 AM by William Petzinger   [ updated Aug 24, 2020, 11:54 AM ]

MCGUIRE AFB (July 6, 2020) - The McGuire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently held a cadet change of command ceremony over Zoom followed by the promotions and recognition of five cadets and one senior member.

Cadet First Lieutenant Alanna Hendrickson turned over command of the cadets to newly promoted C/1st Lt Lorenzo Diventura.

C/1st Lt Diventura also completed Achievement 10. Named in honor the first female African-American pilot Lt Willa Brown, this achievement requires the passing of comprehensive aerospace and leadership tests as well as passing the Cadet Physical Fitness Test among other requirements..

Cadets Maragaret Achanzar, Charles Durr and Kaya Kraft were promoted to Cadet Staff Sergeants and each received the Wright Brothers Award. The Wright Brothers Award is given for successfully passing a comprehensive leadership test, and physical fitness and drill performance tests. The Wright Brothers were inventors and aviation pioneers.

Cadet Aaron Sperry received the Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement and was promoted to Cadet Technical Sergeant. The Eddie Rickenbacker Achievement is given for successfully completing Achievement 4 in the Learning Phase. Eddie Rickenbacker was a WW1 Medal of Honor recipient and successful fighter ace.

Cadet Miguel Gutierrez was promoted to Cadet Airman for completing Achievement 1 in the learning phase of the cadet program known as the Major General John Curry Achievement. This achievement is named for Major John Curry who served as Civil Air Patrol’s first National Commander.

Senior Member Hazel Cerra was promoted to First Lieutenant.

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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