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McGuire Squadron Cadet NCOs and Officers attend leadership academy

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:55 PM by William Petzinger   [ updated Dec 2, 2021, 5:57 PM ]
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST (Nov. 06, 2021) – A select group of cadets in Civil Air Patrol’s Maj Thomas B. McGuire Composite Squadron attended a leadership academy instructed by several of the squadron’s senior members including U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy Hill, 87th Force Support Squadron and Kish Airman Leadership School commandant.

The cadets learned valuable leadership skills which included classes on successful coaching, how to teach a class and constructive discipline. They also learned how the chain of command structure works and what the roles and responsibilities of each specific position were.

Other instructors were Maj. Todd Hamilton, Maj. Stephen Mares and Capt. Frank D’Agostino.

Participants were: Cadet 2nd Lt. Kaya Kraft, Cadet 2nd Lt. Jessica Hoscheck, Cadet Master Sgt William Mares, Cadet Master Sgt Jake Cahill, Cadet Master Sgt Allyson Kittel, Cadet Technical Sgt Katherine Clayton and Cadet Technical Sgt Nicholas Mascio.

“I think the leadership Academy was very informative,” said Cadet 2nd Lt Kraft. “Something that was very enlightening for me was MSgt Hill’s discussion about adding value to a situation and taking action. As he said, ‘It is about the leadership and not the leader.’”

The McGuire Composite Squadron meets 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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